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  • Babies and Toddlers
    Learning Activities for Toddlers
    Cloud Pictures
    Cloud Pictures Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: Nonmenthol shaving cream White craft glue Thick paintbrushes Your child will learn a bit about clouds and explore a unique textur...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Learning Activities for Toddlers
    Rain Painting
    Rain Painting Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 20 minutes Materials: Food coloring Paper plate This is a great way for your child to observe how water reacts with other materials. Your child will als...
  • Family Life
    Global Warming
    The Greenhouse Effect Experiments
    The Greenhouse Effect ExperimentsWith all the talk about global warming these days, do you know how to explain the greenhouse effect to your kids? For a great example of this phenomenon, look no further than your own driveway! Did you know... Yo...
    Dennis Randall
  • School and Learning
    Children and Music
    Your Toddler, the Artist
    Your Toddler, the Artist Even one-year-olds take satisfaction in creating works of art and love to admire and show off the products of their work. You can encourage your young artist by giving him plenty of supplies: Childproofing Make sure that...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Skill-Building Activities
    Skill Building Through Play
    Skill Building Through Play Before his second birthday, your one-year-old will learn, practice, and perhaps even master a remarkable number of skills. He will move from crawling to walking to running. He will go from babbling to chattering. On h...
  • Certificates and Rewards Printables
    Certificate for First Time Writing Your Name
    Print out this certificate to congratulate your child for writing her name for the first time! ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Math Activities
    Teaching Kids About Roman Numerals
    Teaching Kids About Roman NumeralsA guide to the rules of Roman Numerals.Materials Pencil PaperDirections Explain to your child that the number symbols we use every day came from Arabia and are called Arabic numerals. A different system was used ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    Book Finder
    Book Finder
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  • Entertainment and Activities
    Science Activities
    World's Fair
    World's Fair Required: Reference materials Drawing supplies If you and your child can't travel to visit the next World's Fair, how about bringing the next World's Fair into your living room? Assign family members specific countries, and they can...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Writing Activities
    Wise Animals
    Wise Animals Required: Your time only Have you ever looked at a cat and just known that it was thinking: "A meow in time saves nine?" Ask your child about the words of wisdom that would roll off the tongues of your pets (or animals in your neigh...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Writing Activities
    When I Grow Up
    When I Grow Up Required: Your time only What if your child could gaze into a crystal ball and tell you what other children in the family, the neighborhood, or at school are going to be doing in 15 years? True, a crystal ball is hard to come by t...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Writing Activities
    Writing to the President
    Writing to the PresidentMaterials Writing paper Pen Envelope Postage stamp Directions There are many reasons kids would like to write to the president. They might be concerned about the environment or youth crime. Your letter will be read by a ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Writing Activities
    Unofficial Biographer
    Unofficial Biographer Required: Reference materials Does your child have a future in reference book publishing? Here's an entry-level assignment that can serve as a preview. Your child chooses a person he or she is studying in school—a famous ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Science Activities
    Sum of Their Parts
    Sum of Their Parts Required: Your time only Here's a nuts-and-bolts activity that you and your child are sure to enjoy. It's also a great way of finding out what your child knows about nuts, bolts, and a host of other common "building blocks." W...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Imaginative Play
    Spinners
    Spinners Required: Paper plate, thin cardboard, brad, scissors, markers Some things are best left to fate… and other things are best left to fortune-tellers. Here's an easy way for your child to make a fortune-telling device that's guaranteed ...
  • Child
    Penmanship
    5 Common Handwriting Struggles and How to Solve Them
    Handwriting is a complex skill, so it isn't surprising that many children have a hard time mastering it. Poor handwriting skills can make your child stressed and anxious, cause problems with his or her schoolwork, and keep him or her from wanting...
    Lindsay Hutton
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    Baby Names
    Baby Name Finder
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  • Entertainment and Activities
    Drawing and Painting
    Show-'Em-How Manuals
    Show-'Em-How Manuals Required: Drawing supplies Sometimes, the only way to really explain something is to draw a how-to picture, or even a series of pictures. And there's no better person to draw them than your child, the budding junior technica...