- Part One: Potty Training – Is The Child Ready?
One of the most anticipated milestones in the lives of young children is achieving potty mastery. However, now more than ever before, parents seem befuddled and utterly confused when it comes to preparing children for this potty mastery process. To …
- How to Make Picky Eaters Less Picky – Part 1: The Toddler Stage
Chances are, you are either trying very hard to introduce new foods to your young toddler, hoping he or she won’t spit everything right back out…or you’re trying to deal with one who already does. Either way, there’s hope. There really is.
- The Ins and Outs of “Time-Out”
Dealing with challenging behavior is one of the most stressful aspects of parenting. Decades ago “hitting” children was an acceptable response to their negative behavior. As parents learned that physical punishment fails to prevent misbehavior, “hitting” became taboo and putting …
- Playfulness and Learning
Most children are naturally delighted and excited by the discoveries they make about their world. The playful stance that children tend to take early on as youngsters is likely one of the reasons children seem propelled toward greater curiosity and …
- Creative Play Number Match Game
Most parents will agree that mathematical skills are big deal. So what do you do when your child doesn’t seem interested in numbers? Try this clever number match game from mommy blogger Allison at No Time For Flash Cards. What …
- Developmental Santa: Best Gifts for Toddlers (Language and Imagination)
Around 18-months of age babies start adding words much more quickly — sometimes several in one day. At the same time, they start showing a lot more imagination when they play. They feed their dolls and tuck them into bed. They also become magicians who can transform a wooden block into a car, airplane, telephone, sandwich, or a cup of tea all by pretending! Symbolic thinking is the great achievement of the toddler years—even more remarkable than walking. Make believe play and language have a strong connection because they both rely on symbols—things that stand for other things.
- Developmental Santa: Best Gifts for Toddlers (Temperament and Physical Development)
From one to two years of age, children are changing along every dimension. Each developmental change can inspire a “best gift.” More and more, toddlers are individus with their own particular joys and wants.
- Creative Play Indoor Activities
With winter beginning to bear down on us, and the holiday season just around the corner, there have been some interesting blog posts lately involving creative play and activities. In particular, the highly entertaining blog No Time for Flash Cards features great activities and craft projects for young children to promote play and learning. Along with most activities, there is often a suggested book that offers another way of talking about the activity with your child!
- “From Trash to Treasure”
“The Power of Play- From Trash to Treasure” is a traveling toy exhibit featuring toys handcrafted by children in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. The Power of Play exhibit recognizes that play is an essential part of a healthy childhood and appreciates the creativity and resourcefulness of children in developing countries.
- Creative Play and Outdoor Fun!
Play is a wonderful way for children to develop their creative thinking skills and have fun doing it! Check out some of our past posts by play expert Sandra Russ, PhD who offers advice on how to strengthen creative play …