Fun Ideas for Outdoor Play

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Child Routines, Play Time, Quiet Time

Headed to a park or playground this summer? If so, keep these fun ideas in mind to foster your child’s development and creativity while outdoors! Birth-6 Months Simply being outdoors, where your child can experience a multitude of new sounds, sights, and smells, will provide your child with new sensory experiences. Allowing your child to touch leaves, grass, flowers, and …

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Screen Time for Kids: Pros, Cons, and Alternatives

Betsy Gamza Child Routines, Computer Time, Parent Routines, Quiet Time, Screen Time

Computers are everywhere! No matter which direction we turn, access to a computer – or more specifically “screen time” – is everywhere we look. In many homes, computers and other ways to access the internet are available in almost every room of the house. As parents, we want what is best for our children. If we listen to the commercials …

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5 Winter Crafts For Toddlers

Day2DayParenting Child Routines, Crafts

What can you do with your little one when it’s so cold outside?  While we wait for the sunshine and warmth of Spring, here are some winter crafts you can do with your toddler to bring some snowy fun to the indoors. Please note all of these activities will also work on language skills as you talk with your child …

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Ways to Make Story Time Fun For Your Infant or Toddler

Day2DayParenting Child Routines, Reading

Many parents love the idea of sitting with their infant or toddler on their lap and snuggling in to listen to a great book. This magical moment of reading to your child  can quickly fall apart, however, as he or she squirms out of your lap onto the floor, tries to eat the book, or even grabs and throws the …

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How to Prevent Boredom with Toy Rotation

Day2DayParenting Child Routines, Play Time

Have you ever wondered why your child gets bored with his or her toys?  Often even after the holidays when your house may have an abundance of new and exciting toys, children still tend to lose interest in toys after a few weeks.  So, why does your child becomes bored with his/her toys so easily?  And how can you help …

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10 Fun, Easy Summer Activities for Preschoolers & Toddlers

Tamara Guo Child Routines, Play Time

Paint with Water: Use a large cup, bowl or small bucket and an extra large paintbrush (such as the ones you use to paint the house) and let your child go to town painting the fence, sidewalk, outside of the house, etc. This provides tons of fun and is a nice fine motor activity. Fly a Kite: Remember doing this …

Tamara Guo10 Fun, Easy Summer Activities for Preschoolers & Toddlers

Turning Oral Motor Activities into Play

Stephenie Gomez Child Development, Play Time

Parents and their children are actually participating in oral motor activities and modeling oral motor skills during their daily routines without even being aware of it. Here are some fun ways to target oral motor skills during play and daily routines with your child that provide multiple opportunities to practice each skill and are fun for everyone!

Stephenie GomezTurning Oral Motor Activities into Play
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Tips for Playing With Your Toddler

Tamara Guo Child Routines, Parent Routines, Play Time

Parenting a toddler is a challenge, even more so if you already have older or younger children in your home. Many parents often wish that their children ages 12-36 months would just “stay still” for a bit so they could catch a break.

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Simple Toys For Your Child To Encourage Developmental Growth

Day2DayParenting Appropriate Toys, Child Development, Child Routines, Play Time, Resources

As a developmental therapist I am always amazed when parents tell me that they weren’t aware that their young children would enjoy such “old fashioned” toys as stacking blocks, nesting cups, ring stacks & stringing beads. Not only do toddlers enjoy these activities, but they learn a lot of important cognitive, fine motor skills and other developmental skills by playing …

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