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Child Development, Do More Outdoors, Education

5 Easy and Fun Earth Month Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers

The month of April is a great season for diving into or reconnecting with earth-friendly activities with little ones. These quick ideas are written to launch your own ideas and exploration of your own family or classroom connection to this beautiful blue marble we call home. There is no right or wrong way to do any of them and you can do one or all of them this spring and beyond. As a busy mom of four all of these ebb and flow in our own lives and are of course low-prep and low-cost ways to deepen that connection to your place in the world and taking care of it!

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Child Development, Do More Outdoors, Education

13 Outdoor Learning Activities for Toddlers

After many years of working outside the home I found myself a little lost on how to entertain a toddler while in a chapter of being home with him all day. I had worked with groups of kids for years and I had a toolkit but I needed something different in the belly of covid. I began to dig online and websites and books I found either required an expensive list of materials, hours of adult preparation time, or assistance of technology, sometimes all three. All of the things I was trying to avoid. Toddlers learn through play and the simpler, the better! Have you ever given your toddler a cardboard box? They don’t need expensive learning gadgets! I realized the advice out there was much about selling a lot of “educational tools” and whole lot less about how to just get your kid outside and learn from their world. So here is the guide I couldn’t find!

These ideas pulled from my years working in early education and largely inspired by our own kids’ interests and ideas are minimal set-up, inexpensive, and tech-free.

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Open Ended Play
Child Development, Lifestyle

7 Examples of Open Ended Toys: Sparking Creativity and Imagination

Unlike their single-purpose counterparts, open ended toys are the chameleons of the playroom, morphing into any object a child’s mind can dream up. They are the unsung heroes of imagination, fostering creativity and problem-solving skills without an instruction manual bogging them down.

Open ended toys support play that’s inspired by the child, not the product, leading to deeper engagement and richer learning experiences. This post aims to explore seven examples of these magical playmates, each with its own unique way of encouraging endless play possibilities.

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Child Development, Education, Gift Guides

Share your love of books this Valentine’s Day

Celebrating a day of love sharing a love of books with the little ones in your life? Absolutely! Books are an easy answer to filling in your love-themed gift basket, an alternative to plastic toys and candy, and won’t end up in the trash in a week. Just a few reasons we love books as gifts.

As a former early literacy program director and mom of four, I’ve hand-picked our absolute favorite board books and picture books for celebrating love and kindness with babies, toddlers, and little kids. Check them out below!

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Child Development, Lifestyle

How to get your toddler to play independently (without screens!)

If you are struggling to finish basic tasks, take a moment to breathe, or even shower alone because your toddler just cannot seem to entertain themselves independently for any length of time, you my friend are not alone. While some young toddlers and young children are naturally inclined to play, tinker, and read independently for long stretches, some kids need a bit more support to learn how to play independently.

Maybe your toddler has dropped naps and needs quiet time, or maybe you need a few minutes of quiet time to sip a cup of coffee while it’s still hot. Whatever your reason, we know that kids who can play independently are more resilient problem solvers as they grow and it is an essential skill to teach and nurture.

After years of education and working with toddlers in preschool classrooms and raising my own four very unique toddlers, I’ve come up with these tips to support your toddler to increase their ability to play independently. The goal is to find joy and confidence in a short burst of time alone that will stretch into longer windows of time. The results will be a happier and more confident kid.

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Child Development, Lifestyle

The Future of Fun: Sustainable and Educational Toys

From plastic dolls to battery-powered gadgets, up to 80 percent of plastic toys end up in landfills and contribute to pollution and climate change. As parents become more environmentally conscious, they are seeking alternative options for their children’s playtime. They also want toys that go beyond occupying their children and contribute to child development as well.

This is where sustainable and educational toys come into play. Most sustainable toys toys are designed with the environment as well as children’s development in mind, making them a more responsible and beneficial choice for playtime. But what exactly are sustainable toys? And why do they matter? This article will explore the importance of sustainable and educational toys in today’s world, and how they can make a positive impact on our children and the planet.

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Child Development, Gift Guides, Lifestyle

Cherishing Tradition: Heirloom Baby’s First Christmas Gifts

The holiday season is a magical time for families, and it becomes even more enchanting when celebrating your baby’s first Christmas. While your little one might not fully grasp the festivities, the joy and heart warming feeling of giving and receiving gifts will be cherished for years to come. When choosing the perfect presents for your baby’s first Christmas, we are here to help you select items that are not only adorable but also enriching. And of course, built to last. Here are our best loved gift ideas to make this special occasion even more memorable. If your little one is a bit older we also have a guide for toddler Christmas gifts.

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Open-Ended Play
Child Development, Education

Sustainable Open-Ended Play Activities for Toddlers

Nurturing Sustainable Practices from the Start

As parents, we play a pivotal role in shaping our children’s lives. The early years are especially crucial, as they set the foundation for a child’s physical, cognitive, and emotional development. Integrating open-ended play activities into your toddler’s routine not only promotes their growth but also aligns with the values of sustainable and green parenting. In this article, we’ll explore open-ended play activities for toddlers that not only foster your child’s development but also contribute to a more eco-friendly future.

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Eco-Friendly Parenting
Child Development, Education

Eco-Friendly Toys: A Parent’s Guide to Greener Living

As parents, we want the best for our children, including toys that are safe, durable, and fun to play with. But have you ever thought about the impact that toys have on the environment? From the materials used to make them to the packaging they come in, toys can have a significant environmental impact. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of eco-friendly toys and offer tips on how you can make more sustainable choices for your family.

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