• Easter basket filler idease for toddlers

    Easter Basket Filler Ideas for Toddlers that Promote Learning!

    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…

  • Sensory Bin Fillers for preschool, toddlers and kindergarten

    50+ Sensory Bin Fillers – Plus a Free, Printable List

    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!

  • Ice sensory play for toddlers

    Using Ice Cube Activities for Early Language Learning

    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:

  • Mother reading with baby to encourage language development

    How to Raise a Reader – 8 Tips for Reading with Infants and Toddlers

    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!

  • free toddler visual schedule to reduce tantrums

    Toddler Visual Schedule with Movable Icons (Free Printable!)

    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!

  • Song Communication Cards for language development

    Best Songs for Language Development – Plus a Free Printable

    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!