popular topics in toddler growth and development

  • Preschool boy holding red pencil
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Name Writing
    Kindergarten Prep: Name WritingThe step following mark-making is letter writing, creating symbols that are recognizable to you and to your child. Young children often make the most progress writing the letters in their name before writing any ot...
  • School and Learning
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Use Your Walking Feet
    Kindergarten Prep: Use Your Walking Feet There is every real possibility that your child's kindergarten classroom will have a set of rules posted on the wall. In every community there must be rules, which provide some sense of order and boundar...
  • Playdough
    6 Homemade Playdough Recipes
    Everyone seems to have a favorite playdough recipe, and many old favorites have been included here. Some require cooking and some don't; some are meant to be eaten and some are not. Choose the recipe that best suits your needs and the ingredients...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • School and Learning
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Separation Anxiety
    Kindergarten Prep: Separation AnxietyUp to this point in her life, your child has pretty much been exclusively in your company. That is to say, except for visits to relatives, she's always been around you and she knows you're there to take care ...
  • Two boys cleaning up toys in gym class
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Clean-Up Time
    Kindergarten Prep: Clean-Up Time In the kindergarten classroom, your child will be expected to do her share of taking care of the classroom environment. This can include anything from picking up blocks after play to throwing away trash after sn...
  • Smilling little girl holding scissors and a paper square
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Cutting with Scissors
    Kindergarten Prep: Cutting with ScissorsIt is most likely that you will find scissors on the "back-to-school" shopping list. You will want to select a good pair of child-sized scissors that your child can hold comfortably in his hand and that wi...
  • Child Playing with Homemade Clay
    Clay
    Homemade Clay Recipes
    Use the following recipes to make clay that can be rolled or shaped into sculptures. Some clays should be dried overnight, while others are best baked in an oven. When hard, sculptures can be decorated and preserved with acrylic paint or finish. ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Young girl on floor painting picture
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Writing Tools
    Kindergarten Prep: Writing ToolsIn learning to write, your child first needs time to explore a variety of writing tools. Over time you will introduce how to hold writing tools properly and your child will begin to perfect her skills in using tho...
  • mom reading aloud to newborn baby
    Brain Development
    Baby Bookworms! 7 Tips for Reading Aloud to Babies & Toddlers
    Did you know that reading to your baby can boost his brain power? The American Academy of Pediatrics announced a new policy in June 2014 advising that parents regularly read aloud to kids from infancy through at least age 5 because it stimulates ...
    Erin Dower
  • Toilet Training
    Time to Ditch the Diapers! 10 Parent-Approved Potty Training Techniques
    See ya, diapers! If your child is ready to foray into the world of big kid underwear, it's helpful to have a few potty training secrets up your sleeve. Try some of these parent-suggested tips to help make your experience as easy as possible. Fro...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Individuality
    I Did it All By Myself! An Age-by-Age Guide to Teaching Your Child Life Skills
    Are you preparing your child to be independent? Teaching your child life skills is not only important for self-care and sufficiency— it also allows him to feel empowered, works on socialization and reasoning, and helps develop healthy self-este...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • what is the right age, baby with TV remote
    Fostering Independence
    Parents Weigh In: What's the Right Age for Kids to ...
    Start watching TV, choose their own clothes, have a cell phone, wear makeup, and stay home alone? Knowing when your child is ready for these responsibilities really comes down to knowing your child, but seeing how other parents weigh in can give ...
    Erin Dower
  • pouting whiny child
    Whining
    6 Steps to Cure a Whiny Child
    "But Mo-omm!" Sound familiar? Children whine at all ages, whether you have a toddler who wants a new toy or a teen who wants to stay out an hour past curfew. Having a whiny child on your hands is sure to fray your nerves, so nip this bad habit in...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Language Development
    Stretching Your Child's Brain Power
    Stretching Your Child's Brain Power During the preschool period, one of the ways parents can support the development of their child's thinking is to point out the features of objects that a child might not spontaneously attend to. And althou...
  • Parenting Tools Printables
    Printable Month-by-Month Developmental Milestone Chart
    Print this developmental milestone chart, and check off each milestone as your child grows into her first year of life. It's important to remember that babies develop at different rates, and this printable represents general guidelines. ...
  • Decoding Puzzles Printables
    Hand in Glove
    Pick a word from each hand and match it to a glove, to form words that always seem to go together. ...
  • School and Learning
    Preschool Expectations
    How Well Do You Know Preschoolers?
    Take our quiz to find out if you have the right expectations for your three- or four-year-old. ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Fine-Motor Skills
    Heart Prints
    Heart Prints Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: Red and pink tempera paint Pie tins Kitchen sponges Scissors Clothespins White construction paper or bond paper This activity will ...