All Hallows' Eve is fast approaching. How are you getting your little munchkins ready for the spookiest night of the year? Get your kiddos into the Halloween spirit with these 10 not-so-spooky books that will help babies and tots get in the mood for the big day without scaring them altogether! Check them out!
Parents of toddlers heading to preschool for the first time this Fall have lots on their minds — especially if their tot will be "the kid" that's a total mess at drop-off. Separation anxiety can rear its ugly head at any time during your lil one's preschool experience, but making the first day a good day helps set the tone for the school year to come. Understanding you aren't alone when it comes to finding solutions is key, as well as sticking with a routine. Keep reading for a few easy ways to make the first day of preschool awesome for you and your toddler.
Get ready for a holiday overload on your DVR! With Winter break quickly approaching, many mamas are already trying to figure out what they'll do to entertain the tots over the holiday stretch. Have no fear, brand-spanking-new holiday episodes of lil ones' favorite shows are here! Some of your kiddo's must-watch shows — like Yo Gabba Gabba! and Imagination Movers — have new holiday-themed episodes coming up that you won't want to miss. Set your DVR and join in on the fun with these five special episodes.
'Tis the season to celebrate as a family! The hustle and bustle of the holidays can be a little overwhelming for lots of tots. Show them how much fun the holidays can be — and get them into the holiday spirit — with these 10 festive books that you can all enjoy together.
These days, even preschoolers want cool digital devices! New learning devices for toddlers and preschoolers hit the store shelves on a regular basis, and the range of what they teach varies from helping kiddos learn the alphabet and numbers to animals, sounds, and much more. Give your kiddo the gift of technology — and education! — with one of these five educational devices!
It's learning time! Mama knows that teaching her tot the ABCs, shapes, and colors is an important job, but, most of the time, it isn't easy. Getting your kiddo to pay attention can sometimes be challenging, so why not make it fun, too? The Learning Boat is a great way to get your tots motivated and teach them all about the alphabet, basic shapes, and colors. Even making the Learning Boat, is a fun and educational project!
Boo-tube! Your kiddos may already have a favorite show or character — or several — that they like to watch over and over. With Halloween fast approaching, it's time for new holiday-themed episodes to premiere featuring all of your tots' favorite characters getting spooky on the scariest night of the year! Set your DVR and join in on the fun with these 10 special Halloween episodes.
Dolly Parton is mostly known for her big hair and her big hits, but the country music star also has a big heart! In 1996, she founded a non-profit organization in her home county in east Tennessee to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families. She also wanted to ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.
Fifteen years later, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library — with the help and support of individual communities — is providing books to hundreds of thousands of children in hundreds of communities in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom. A brand-new, age appropriate book is mailed to every registered child each month until their 5th birthday! Registering for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is free and it helps tots get excited about the magic that books can create!
When kids have a favorite character or hobby, they stick to it. They fill their rooms with the item and wear it on more than just their sleeves. Today, they're wearing them on their feet. Last month we saw the launch of Hello Kitty Vans adorned with the popular character, and last Summer Converse went all Seuss with a collection of 13 designs for babies on up to adults. The latest tot-friendly obsession to get the sneaker treatment is none other than Legos. A collection of five Lego-themed sneakers (ranging from $20-$40) that feature the interlocking blocks in various formations fitting lil preschoolers. What do you think of the shoes?
What's the easiest and most inexpensive way to take your kid on an adventure? Read. Children don't just pick up books and know how to read them. A lot of preparation goes into the process. Here are five fun and simple ways from an elementary school teacher to prep your youngster for the lifelong relationship they will have with texts.
Read to your child: Reading to your tot teaches them book organization. They learn to read from front cover to back and from left to right across the page.
Rhyming Games: Encourage rhyming with simple silly word games to pass time in the check out line or in the car. Start with fat, cat and rat and have your child chime in with others.
Books of Their Choice: It doesn't matter what type of text your child reads as long as they read. Connect book choices to your youngster's interests to hold their attention. Take weekly trips to the library so they can explore all the options and make their own selections.
Environmental Print: Kids absorb their surroundings. Use post-its to tag items around the house like "door," "table" and "chair" to help your child with word recognition.
Draw on Vocabulary: Have your child name and explain the pictures in a book and then point out those words on the page. For example, if she explains the princess illustration, match it to the word "princess" in the text.