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"What's the harm if I paint my arm?": A Toddler's Guide to Sensory Activities in the Home

on Wed, 01/04/2017 - 10:08

Just as infants and toddlers need experience crawling or scooting to learn to walk and babbling and crying to learn to talk, they need to practice using their hands to control art supplies and practice using their minds to figure out how art supplies work. They need the time and freedom to be curious and creative. 

From Rolling Over to Jumping in Puddles: Moving and Grooving with Infants and Toddlers

on Tue, 07/26/2016 - 05:00

From rolling over to jumping in puddles, from gripping your finger to stacking blocks, infants and toddlers astound us with their day-to-day achievements as they grow in their abilities. Here are some ways that families can support these exciting new skills as they develop.

The Pinwheels at the Circus Go Round and Round: Thinking About Toddler Thinking

on Sat, 02/20/2016 - 11:30

A mother shares an example of executive function with a real life experience with her toddler.



Big and Small – Adventures with a Toddler

on Mon, 08/25/2014 - 16:06

I’m gonna run away from you!  I’m running away!!!” shrieks my twenty one month old toddler.  “Ok, “ I grin, “I‘ll come get you!”  Just blink and the summer will be over; school in session again. This parenting thing is a fast ride! 

11 Reasons to Take the Kids Outside

on Tue, 10/15/2013 - 11:10

As a teacher and as a parent, I have discovered this magic:  When the kids are sad or too loud or when fights break out, taking the kids outside seems to fix everything, especially if running water, sand or soil is involved.  

Slowing Down

on Tue, 08/06/2013 - 14:14

Sometimes it's hard to pull away from the screen and connect with my daughter.  It’s hard to slow down to her pace, rather than pack her into the car and drive off to the store.  But just for the moment, I decide to slow down.