Easter is already right around the corner. I love any excuse to dress up my daughter in a frilly dress and see her face light up when she comes downstairs to a fun-filled Easter basket! But what I don’t love is a sugar cash at 8 a.m. on Easter morning – right before we have to get dressed up and go to visit relatives! So that got me thinking . . . What are some good non-food Easter basket filler ideas for toddlers? This post contains affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended. Easter Basket…
One of best toys for toddler language development is the PUZZLE! Puzzles are inexpensive, don’t take up too much space, and are so versatile.In this article, I’ll cover how to use puzzles with babies, toddlers and preschoolers - as well as with older, special needs children (just look for the communication-level that matches your child’s ability).
Every time I put together a new sensory bin for my daughter, she is so excited! (And so am I because sensory bins are perfect for both interactive play as well as independent play!) Here are a list of sensory bin fillers (for the “base” of your sensory bin) you can use for sensory play. Just add seasonal items or items that target learning goals and you are all set!
Whether you are hoping for that precious first word from your baby or you are wondering how to encourage your late talker, the following ideas are designed to be high-interest, 5-minute activities to sprinkle throughout your week!
I love taking a sensory play idea, like an ice sensory bin, and adding other early learning ideas to the activity. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I’m always looking for ways to add a language development angle to any activity and this one didn’t disappoint! Here's what we used to set up this simple activity:
My mom vowed that she would do everything she could to make reading easier for me than it was for her, and so she read to me every day from infancy. And it worked! I was a complete bookworm all through school. BUT what if you have a resistant reader (aka resistant listener) from the start? Maybe you are trying to read to your infant or toddler but they are just not interested. Don’t worry – I’ll talk about that too!
I wanted to let my little Valentine join in the festivities, but finding Valentine’s Day activities for toddlers isn’t so easy! Of course she always loves . . .
Read on for the best activities we used to keep our sanity with two connecting flights and a toddler, including tips on which sippy cup to NOT bring on board! I ended up picking up one inexpensive toy/activity on a whim and it was the hit of the trip!
This post is inspired by the newfound “independence” of my toddler. (A.K.A saying, “No No No!” about everything). Once we get back home from our Christmas holiday traveling, I've decided to try using a toddler visual schedule. (It can be used for older kids too!) Want to try using a schedule along with us? Download a free visual schedule below with interchangeable icons. Let’s try this out together!
Sylvie has loved music since she was teeny tiny - my (off-key) singing would always bring a smile to her face. I would randomly pick a song to sing to her based on whatever my foggy, mom-brain could come up with in the moment. But sometimes I wondered, "What does she want to hear?" or "Which song does she like the best?" I've included a free, printable set of communication cards you can use to let your pre-talker or early talker pick which song he or she wants to hear!