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Writing Love Notes with Toddlers

Posted by Lisa Prins on

The holidays, for many, represent a time to share their love through gifts.  For toddlers and preschoolers, they might not understand why all of a sudden they are getting gifts and might associate such holidays with gifts.  This may or may not be what you are intending, but one way to ground your children during this gift-giving frenzy is to have them write love notes to those that gave them a present, thanking them for their generosity. 

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Gingerbread Playdough Houses Using Snowy Sensory Bin Materials

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The countdown is on until Winter Break if your kiddo is in pre-k and that means two weeks (or more!) of idle hands, no school, and caretakers needing to come up with ideas to keep these little hands busy and learning!  Learn how to make Gingerbread Playdough Houses and extend the life of your Snowy Sensory Bin!

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The Importance of Sensory Play with Toddlers & Preschoolers

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Sensory play involves utilizing your sense of smell, sight, hearing, taste, and touch to help you learn about the world around you. The more senses one uses, the more likely they will remember what they are doing.  For example, think of a childhood memory. What do you remember? One of my fondest memories as a child was going to my grandma's house every other Sunday and putting on a fashion show with my sister using all of my grandmother's clothes, high heels, and jewelry. I distinctly remember her rose scented soap, the pinch of my earlobe every time I clipped...

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Curiosity Leads to Learning

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"Mom, where does my food go when I eat it?" 

This question posed to me during dinner a couple months ago, brought be back to my fifth grade teacher mode where I spontaneously dived deep into the digestive system and like Ms. Frizzle, I was giddy!  As I thought about this and how my 4.5 year old has become increasingly aware of his body and others' and how I have noticed an influx of questions about his body, my body, his baby brother, etc., I thought it was due time to tackle some of these questions.

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Kids with Cameras

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Have you ever given your child an old point and shoot digital camera?  If not, I highly recommend doing so and this is why.

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