Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 1. Social participation

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 1. Social participation

Posted by: on Feb 28, 2016 | 2 Comments

Babies learn to talk by paying attention to other people. In other words, before they will speak, your child first needs to be interested in watching and imitating you. Simple games that encourage your child to interact and play with you are the best way to get them launched on their language journey. Here are some easy ideas for getting started.

15 toddler and preschool play ideas with stones!

15 toddler and preschool play ideas with stones!

Posted by: on Feb 24, 2016 | 6 Comments

Our shared garden has lots of stones in it, and it’s been funny to see how much my kids love to play with them, objects so simple and mundane most adults don’t even notice them. I guess stones feel pleasant and are interesting to look at, since they’re all different and close to the ground (like little people). Well, whatever the attraction, we’ve found lots of ways to have fun and learn with stones! And why not? They cost nothing!

A daily schedule for a two-year-old

A daily schedule for a two-year-old

Posted by: on Feb 18, 2016 | No Comments

A satisfying daily rhythm with my little ones makes life easier and helps us to create more opportunities for fun and learning during the day. In this post I share our typical routine, and the kinds of activities we do together every day.

Roll & Play Review: A great game for toddler language skills

Roll & Play Review: A great game for toddler language skills

Posted by: on Feb 17, 2016 | No Comments

Today I’m reviewing Roll & Play, a ThinkFun game marketed at ages 18 months and up. It supports language learning in a fun, interactive way. This is the first time I’ve posted a review, so I want to point out that I bought this product myself and am not affiliated with it! On the blog from time to time I’ll share honest information about toys and books we use, which I’ve found to be great value and have been popular with my boys. Roll & Play is certainly a hit.

Story Stones activity for The Mitten, by Jan Brett

Story Stones activity for The Mitten, by Jan Brett

Posted by: on Feb 9, 2016 | No Comments

This week we’re reading The Mitten, by Jan Brett, so I made some story stones showing all the animals in the book. They’ve been great for exploring the story and for imaginative play. Story stones are such a simple way to develop toddler or preschool children’s experience of books, and they don’t have to be a complex craft project if you’re pressed for time, as I was. Here’s how I made and used them:

How to play with toy cars to boost your toddler’s language skills!

How to play with toy cars to boost your toddler’s language skills!

Posted by: on Feb 7, 2016 | 5 Comments

If your toddler is a car-lover, you’re in luck! Playing with toy cars is super-motivating for lots of toddlers, and opens up amazing possibilities for language building from the very beginning of learning to talk. This post shares my favorite ways to get on the floor and make car play fun and verbal.

7 days of Goldilocks play for toddlers and preschoolers

7 days of Goldilocks play for toddlers and preschoolers

Posted by: on Feb 1, 2016 | 2 Comments

Each week I choose a book to read to my kids every day, and use it as a base for some simple activities. Our latest book-of-the-week was Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Here’s what I did with my 2 and 3 year olds to explore the story: