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Get Moving! Toddler Activities To Encourage Physical Development

There are countless activities to keep a toddler happy and occupied on a rainy day. The challenge is uncovering the ones that help develop their little minds and bodies--especially the projects and games that require neither money to obtain nor lots of time to prepare.

These fun pastimes get children from 18 month to 3+ years moving and grooving! These activates also help develop communication, gross and fine motor skills, problem-solving skills, self-control, and social skills: the usual suspects to promote healthy, intelligent, awesome kiddos.

So get moving! Engage, inspire, and most importantly, have fun!


Go On A Scavenger Hunt For Colors

Let your child pick her favorite color, and encourage her to find it on home décor, toys, pillows, paintings, and more. Then pick another color and look for it just in one room. Then pick another color and count how many times you see it. Then pick another one, and another one....


Turn Off The Lights, Close The Curtains, And Shine Flashlights On The Wall

Make patterns in circles and lines, and have him imitate your movements. Next prop up the flashlight with a pillow so your hands are free to make shadow animals. Can your child guess the shape? Adorable animal noises optional.


Climb Over, Around, And On Top Of Pillows Scattered On The Floor

Use bed pillows and throw pillows of all shapes, colors, and sizes. The greater the variety, the better. All the jumping, balancing, and following directions promotes gross motor and cognitive skills; and toppling over is no problem- it's fun!


Throw Sock-Balls Into Your Laundry Basket

Start with the laundry basket very close to your child, and personally show him how it's done so he can mimic the action. Once your future basketball star gets comfortable with the objective and motion, slide the basket a little further away and practice even more.


Pretend To Be Different Animals From The Farm, The Wild, And The Ocean

Chuckles will abound once both of you are impersonating the sounds and movements of your child's favorite animals. Take an imaginary trip to another environment, describe the surroundings, and see what your ducky does next.



Yoga experience not required. Stretch tall like a tree, and keeping your legs straight, bend down to touch your toes. Stretch your arms out wide and reach from one side to the other. Next have a seat and position her little legs into a diamond shape. Can she bend over and smell her adorable stinky feet?


Place Masking Tape In A Squiggly Line On The Floor

Balance on it, walk along it, or jump over it. Duct tape, masking tape, or packaging tape work great. Any colored, thick tape that won't ruin the floor or rug when removed will do. This exercise is a great confidence booster once she accomplishes the specific task.


Follow The Leader

At this age, and especially at first, your being the leader is highly beneficial for your peanut to become familiar with the game. Toddlers love to imitate. Start small with clapping hands, making faces, or bouncing like a bunny. And if your toddler can take the lead, absolutely encourage him!


Build A Fort With Pillows, Sheets, And Furniture

Where art meets engineering, a great pillow fort is born. Use lightweight sheets and blankets to drape between chairs, tables, or a sofa. Anchor the sheets by tucking them into the furniture, or placing books on top. Add pillows and cushions to the floor, and cuddle up.


Three Words: Hide. And. Seek

It may take a few practice rounds as this game is absolutely thrilling for most children, and they sometimes get too excited to stand still or be quiet. Establish rules like staying on the first floor, and counting to 10 with eyes closed; then hide and seek behind furniture and corners.



Internet radio and cable radio stations offer a plethora of choices to introduce your child to new sounds, rhythms, and tempos. No need to stay on one channel for the whole song. Get silly, get slow, and eventually use the pause or mute button for a fun game of freeze dance. Shake your groove thing!


Enjoy An Old Fashion Game Of Simon Says

Have your toddler put on his listening ears and practice following direction only if you say "Simon Says." Simons ays arms over your head, moo like a cow, jump up high, run in place, give me a kiss. If your child doesn't wait for "Simon Says," prepare for tickles!


Toy Treasure Hunt

Enjoy the preparation as much as finding the toys. Walk with your munchkin around the house and choose his favorite small toys. Next make a pile of blankets, sheets, or freshly washed clothes, and bury the toys in the big pile. Now dig in! Can he tell which toy it is without first pulling it out?


Keep As Many Balloons In The Air As Possible

The sight of a single balloon is one sure way to make a child smile. But several balloons? Now that's a party! Inflate four to six balloons and try to keep all of them simultaneously in the air. Tap, pat, and swat your way to fun, all while ensuring a spacious place to play.


Now turn off the TV and get active. It doesn't take anything more than items around your house and a little imagination. Bond with your child, be a positive role model, and encourage independent movement with plenty of giggles along the way.

  • August 30, 2017
  • Kid

5 Ways To Get Your Child Reading As Early As Possible

Child psychologists and education experts agree that children who read and are familiar with language have a huge head-start in their academic and professional careers.

But, as any parent knows, children don't naturally pick up books and start to read. They need to be introduced gradually to language and in a way that sparks a lifelong passion for words.

Here are some ways that parents can create that kind of passion, kindling a relationship with literature that will help their children throughout their lives.


Involve Your Child In Chores That Revolve Around Words

The more exposure kids have to words the more quickly they will come to see them as a natural extension of their self. However, many parents miss out on chances to introduce young children to written language. Sometimes the solution is right underneath your nose.

For example, almost everyone receives letters and bills through the post. All of these letters have written content that needs to be deciphered. Have you ever thought of reading through everyday correspondence with your child?

For them, ordinary letters are magical. They aren't boring. Words are new, no matter what they describe, and the more they find out about them the better. So try to incorporate your child into everyday chores that involve language.


Encourage Your Child To Write A Journal

When you're young, experiences are vivid, strange and fascinating, but you may not have the words to describe everything you feel. Learning language is the way that children start to find a voice that can convert raw experience into something they can share and remember later.

This process can lead to academic glory, a sharp mind and a love of knowledge, and it can be catalyzed at a very young age. One great way to do so is to encourage children to keep a journal of their vacations, school trips, parties, sports activities. Everything that they experience can become a journal entry, no matter how basic.

The quality of the writing isn't important. It's the act of regularly putting down thoughts that matters. By nurturing the habit of writing, kids can be kitted out for much more complex tasks later in life.


Try A Bribe

Corruption is bad. Well, it is when it involves members of Congress or corporate executives. But when it comes to encouraging your kids to read, things are different.Parents can use "bribes" to cajole their kids to pick up a book. Even if they are feeling sleepy or distracted, children can manage a few pages of a book they enjoy with the right prompting and incentives.

Many psychologists believe that the most effective rewards for reading are experiences, not material items like toys or chocolates. A trip to a museum or a sports event is more powerful than a candy bar ever could be. That might be because kids see parents sacrificing their time to reward them, which spurs them to work harder on their reading.


Make Sure Kids Use Their Summer Break Wisely

Summer is a magical time for young kids. Free of responsibilities, with no preschool or school to bother them, they can use the warmer months to explore their surroundings and learn how to be themselves.

This is a natural part of growing up, but it's no reason to let summer go to waste from an educational point of view. Studies have found that children who read regularly during the summer break retain more knowledge and are more capable when they return to school.

It might be hard to compete with the summer sunshine, but it can be done. Set aside an hour of reading every day, and make it clear that if your child concentrates, you will help them enjoy the sun as much as possible. That kind of incentive could make all the difference.


Don't Exclude Graphic Novels And Comics From The Mix

Some parents try to actively police what their kids read. Maybe they feel that there is a direct line from more educational children's books to Tolstoy's War and Peace. However, this is a wrong-headed approach.

Always try to let your child guide their own reading schedule. Every child has their own tastes, and often these will involve comic books. In fact, every child should be offered comic books as a way to stimulate their love of reading.

That's because comics offer something different. The combination of attractive graphics with simple language is much easier for children to digest than text on its own. There are also plenty of comics targeted at kids who are just starting out, from the Lunch Lady series to Zita the Spacegirl.


Reading is fundamental to modern life. Kids who read learn early on how to master language, how to tell stories, crack jokes, plan assignments, solve problems and read between the lines to see if someone is trying to deceive them. People who grow up around language have broader vocabularies and more confidence in public speaking.

Study after study confirms that reading is one of the keys to success in later life. With these tips and a strategy focused on exposing their child to as many words as possible, any parents can help to ensure that their child has a chance of fulfilling their potential.

  • August 30, 2017
  • Kid

10 Ideas To Keep Your Teen Busy This Summer

Many parents are gearing up for the summer months and trying to figure out what to do with their young teens aged 13, 14 and 15. They are too old for day care but not old enough to get a job yet. So what can you do with your kids this summer to keep them from spending 18 hours a day plugged into a computer, television or video game console? Actually there are a lot of things.

Of course one of the major problems to getting them out of the house is transportation. How to get a child who does not drive to an activity that only occurs during the working day can be a problem. Consider the following options to solve this problem:

  • Ask family/friends for help providing transportation to specific activities.
  • Find a 16 or 17 year old who has a license, but no summer job to drive for a fee.
  • Choose activities that are near public transportation.
  • Choose activities they can bike to.
  • Carpool with other families who may be participating in that activity.
  • If you know someone who is currently out of job offer to pay them to drive.
  • Schedule a cab.

​Once you have solved the problem of transportation you can start choosing activities. Here are 10 ideas to get you started.


Have A List Of Chores Each Day

Okay, this one seems pretty obvious to many parents, but consider adding additional chores in the summer that you would normally take care of yourself:

  • Weed the garden
  • Vacuum the living room
  • Do the laundry
  • Make dinner
  • Clean out the dishwasher
  • Mow the lawn

Take some time before the summer to show your teen how to do specific chores and then make them practice all summer long. You may need to write out step-by-step directions for them to follow.

When you leave a list each day, make sure there are consequences for not doing them too.


Find Them A Hobby

Often kids this age have something they are interested in doing. It could be making jewelry, anime, sports or Facebook. See if you can get them to expand on an existing hobby and learn new skills through community education classes or simply start a new hobby for the summer. If they have friends who enjoy the same activity this could be a great way to spend some time together.

Many hobbies can be expanded beyond the class time to learn. Be sure to provide plenty of supplies for whatever their chosen hobby may be.


Check Out Local Library Activities Or Community Education Activities

Many libraries have free classes throughout the summer. Check the listing and be sure to register early to get into classes or activities they find interesting. Local community education services are another place to look for fun activities throughout the summer. These activities are often only ½ day commitments so be sure to encourage your teen to choose several throughout the summer.

Other places to check for fun classes or activities are local museums and parks. Often they will have summer activities specifically for families and children. These should also be registered for as early as possible to ensure a place in the class or activity.


Volunteer At A Local Senior Center Or Religious Organization

Some teens are very interested in giving back to their community. They may want to check into local volunteer opportunities for the summer. If there are not official programs in the area, check with a local senior center or religious organization. Many churches need lots of help for their own summer programs and would be glad of an extra pair of hands.

Try to choose organizations close to home so your teen can provide their own transportation.


Start An Online Business

Today there are many adults who make a living with an online business. Teens can also make some extra cash online. If they enjoy writing they can write a book and publish it on, if they enjoy a hobby they can share that hobby and sell the supplies to others as an affiliate and make money.

They can form a private Facebook group around a specific subject and charge for membership. If they enjoy creating websites they can make websites for others who don't know how. There are many different ways to make money online.

Making money online takes a lot of hard work and there is definitely a learning curve, but taking the time to learn how to make money online will keep them busy too.


Summer Day Camps

Summer day camps do exist for teens on many different subjects. They may want to attend for a week or for the entire summer. Check the local YMCA for summer camps as well as with local community education services.

Some school districts also provide a summer day camp option in an effort to keep kids busy and learning all summer long.


Explore The City

If you live in a large metropolitan area it can be fun for kids to use public transportation to explore the city. Of course you will need to decide how safe you feel about your child taking the bus or train and where they can go. This may be something they can do with their friends.

One idea is to assign them a type of place to visit each week and then have them take photos and tell you about their adventure. One week it could be a museum, another week it could be a park, a third week may have something to do with science and a fourth week have something to do with water.

Be creative in what you ask them to explore and let them handle all of the planning. This will teach them how to get around on their own as well as how to plan an outing with others.


Train For A Fall Event

Not every child is interested in participating in sports but you can challenge your teen to participate in a fall event such as a marathon, Frisbee tournament or art show. Choose a fall event they are excited about and help them plan how to prepare. That could mean training schedules or providing supplies for the art.

Be sure to check in regularly on their progress in preparing for the event, but don't push too hard. If they aren't prepared the natural consequence is that they won't do well.


Start A Summer Business

If your child isn't interested in an online business but still wants to make some extra cash this summer have them create their own summer business. Traditionally many kids this age will babysit, mow lawns or take care of pets.

If none of these are interesting have them brainstorm their own ideas. Remember the key to a successful business is identifying a problem, identify the solution and sell the solution.

Teens can be very creative and you may be surprised at what they come up with for a money making business.


Brainstorm With Them For More Ideas

If none of these ideas are interesting to your teen it may be time to sit down with them and brainstorm what they will do for the summer. If you have specific things you want them to do make sure they know what they are, but let them choose some activities also.


Summer is supposed to be a time to relax and have some fun so be realistic in your expectations. They will want to sleep in and may want to stay up late as well. Provide some specific guidelines for what is acceptable and of course consequences as well. If you work together now the summer will be much more fun for parents and teens alike.

The Ultimate Guide To Helping Kids Cope With Tragedy And Crisis

When tragedy strikes, parents are often left to process their feelings of distress, as well as faced with the challenge of helping their children do the same. To do this effectively, a parent must first approach the discussion with thoughtfulness. Consider how to talk to your child, anticipate how they may react and have a plan to help them cope.

  • August 6, 2017
  • Kid

Telling Your Child The Truth About Santa

The holidays are more fun for everyone when children believe in those magical beings like Santa and the Easter Bunny. Then there are the elves, Rudolph, the Tooth Fairy, Frosty, leprechauns, and more. The whole year seemingly rotates from one magical entity’s special time of year to another’s.

  • July 25, 2017
  • Kid