Planning for New Year’s Eve

For the past several years we have spent New Year’s Eve at a hotel with friends.  The kids all swim, we play games, eat a ton of food and watch the ball drop.  On New Year’s Day we would head to Lake George for the Polar Plunge – swimming in the icy lake!  Well, for many different reasons we are…

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Pool Noodle Sprinkler

First all sorry it has been so long since my last post. After having our sixth child things have been a little crazy around here. I’m finally getting into more of a routine so hoping to be able to post more often. When I saw this idea at Teach Preschool at  http://www.teachpreschool.org/2014/06/pool-noodle-water-hose-play/ for a pool noodle sprinkler I knew we…

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STOP Digitally Sedating Your Kids!

When young children need to wait at a restaurant, doctor’s appointment, a siblings basketball game, etc. do you toss a tablet or smartphone in front of them?  This type of digitally sedation may be harming your child’s ability to develop patience and self regulation.  Children need to gradually learn how to sustain attention, control their behavior and emotions and to…

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Toddler Time: Bottle Bat

Here is a simple toy to make with recycled items from around the house.  You will need a two liter bottle, paper towel tube, duct tape and colored cotton balls or pom poms.  Put colored cotton balls or pom poms inside the two liter bottle.  This is just to add some visual fun therefore you can skip this step if you…

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Thanksgiving Challenge Game

Since we are not heading out for Thanksgiving dinner until later this year, I created a simple group game for us to play in the morning to help celebrate the day.  My family loves healthy competition where we team up against each other.  Sometimes it is a game of poker, a cook off or other simple challenges, so this is…

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My First Matching Game

Set up a sensory box for your toddler to explore same and different.  Here we collected items from around the house that were all the same.  Some of the items we collected were: paintbrushes, toilet paper tubes, sponges, cups, lids, felt scraps, plastic spoons, popsicle sticks and straws.  The toddler explored the sensory box and attempted to match up the…

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My Top 3 Gift Ideas for Toddlers

I have to admit, I am getting really sick of seeing gift lists all over Pinterest and Facebook.  There are gift lists for every age, every gender, every personality type, etc with links to everything that Amazon sells.  It is starting to get on my nerves.  Don’t get me wrong I occasionally look for a gift idea for the tough…

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Playing to Get Ready for a Doctor’s Visit

If your child is fearful about going to the doctor here are a few tips to prepare your child through play for a doctor’s visit:1.  Play pretend – Start off by using a pretend doctor’s kit (homemade or store bought) to check a stuffed animal or a doll.  The child can watch you check the doll or let the child…

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Kid Created Scavenger Hunt

Many things make me proud as a mother, but when my children create their own entertainment I am always genuinely so proud.  It might seem simple to some but in this day and age of immediate entertainment of television, video games and tablets children are at risk of losing the skill of entertaining themselves.  Therefore, I spend a lot of “mothering”…

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Toddler Time – Simple Sensory Path

Need a quick toddler activity indoors to burn off some energy?  Set up this simple sensory path.  Gather objects from around your house.  We used some bath mats, the top of a ottoman, rug grippers and a baking cooling rack.  Off came the shoes and down the textured path the toddler went.  We practiced following simple motor commands – go…

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