Our little ones do best with moderate stimulation too much input can overwhelm them. We can help by rotating toys so there are just a few within our baby's reach, and by making sure there's enough quiet time. Get more tips. Read Sensible Stimulation
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Pack a bag with a collection of sense-stimulating playthings to take on car trips, visits to the doctor, restaurant jaunts-anytime your baby might appreciate some diversion. Toddlers like this too. Read Five Senses Sensational Bag
Play, laugh and interact with the Fox Family
Reading time is no longer just turning pages; grab some items from around the house and have fun acting out the Fox Family adventure!
To play the Letter Matching Game, start with only the upper case letters. Explore some of the letters with your child. Does he recognize any of them? Can he find the first letter of his name? When he is ready to play, lay out four of his favorite letters, face up. See if he can find the two letters that look the same. Read Letter Matching Game Lower Case
Printing patterns onto paper can be a thoroughly satisfying process. It's fun to search for shapes to print, and the results will thrill your child. Best of all, setting up a home studio requires little more than assembling materials you already have on hand. Read Printing Press
Visiting a garden is a wonderful opportunity for your child to discover firsthand how to take care of living things. He can learn what plants need in order to grow, as well as more sophisticated concepts like absorption and evaporation. Read Kids Gardening
While your little one may not be quite ready for the big competition, her unrelenting spirit and determination are world-class. Challenge her abilities and imagination with a Baby Triathlon in your home. Let the games begin! Read the article
The nice thing about play dough is that it's so very responsive to poking, pushing, and rolling. Its pliability is what makes it so popular with young children, and it's a wonderful introduction to working with the more resistant modeling clay. Buy the commercial stuff, or mix a batch of your own.
Play dough is not for eating. Many young children are still finding out about the world by putting things in their mouth. Your first lesson should be simple: Let's just pretend to eat it...like this! Read Play Dough Play
Many children this age are actively enjoying the world of make-believe. Your child may rock a doll or teddy bear to sleep, make pretend phone calls, or have animated conversations with imaginary friends. Help set the stage for imaginative play by creating a small house for her to move into. Read Playing House