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Holiday Traditions

Holiday Traditions

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Holiday Traditions My favorite time of the year is from Thanksgiving to Christmas! I love everything about the “most wonderful time of the year” including the shopping on Black Friday, the food, the music, the cool, brisk […]

Updated Toy Storage

Updated Toy Storage

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Toy Storage We moved into our current apartment when our first baby was 2 weeks old! I am a planner, and I spent the last month of my pregnancy planning our new apartment (we moved from 500 square […]

My Favorite YouTube Videos for Kids

My Favorite YouTube Videos for Kids

There are so many great quality programs for littles on YouTube — one thing we did yesterday that worked amazingly was setting a timer for 15 minutes of playtime and then doing a “brain break” YouTube video and repeating the cycle! Another thing that works […]

A Year of Seasonal Toddler Themes

A Year of Seasonal Toddler Themes

We are sharing activity ideas every day in our Facebook groups Baby and Toddler Activity Time, and Preschool Activity Time! Here are some seasonal activity themes to use for activity inspiration! Fall September Apples School Leaves and Trees Seasons: Fall Shapes October Bats Spiders Pumpkins […]

First Birthday Tradition: Birthday Book

First Birthday Tradition: Birthday Book

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. First Birthday Tradition We started a tradition at my son’s first birthday where we had a book sitting out at his party for everyone to write messages to him in. It is really special to look back and […]

On the Airplane: What Worked For Me

On the Airplane: What Worked For Me

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Little Airport Sticker Book (pictured above) On the Airplane Here are some photos and notes from our latest airplane trip. For more travel tips, check out Traveling with Littles: Tips and Tricks! These activities kept the littles entertained […]

Teaching Kindness to Toddlers

Teaching Kindness to Toddlers

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Have You Filled a Bucket Today? I recently pulled Have You Filled a Bucket Today? off the shelf to help my toddler understand why it is important to be kind to others. I wasn’t quite sure if it was […]

Favorite Toys for 1 Year Olds

Favorite Toys for 1 Year Olds

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Favorite Toys for One Year Olds I have written previously about great toys for babies and toddlers: see Favorite Baby Toys and Choosing the Best Toys for Toddlers for ideas for other ages… but what about the in-between stage, from approximately 12-18 […]

Tumbleleaf Coloring Activity

Tumbleleaf Coloring Activity

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Tumbleleaf Coloring Activity My son’s favorite shows right now are Tumbleleaf and “Mouse-Cookie.” His cousin was so sweet and sent him these finger puppets (pictured above) of the characters of Tumbleleaf and we have been having so much […]

Toot Scoot Toddler Bike

Toot Scoot Toddler Bike

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Toot Scoot Toddler Balance Bike My two year old loves riding around on his Toot Scoot. It’s a great tool for learning to ride a bike, and he is so happy scooting around the neighborhood independently! He has […]

Spring Books and Fingerplays for Babies and Toddlers

Spring Books and Fingerplays for Babies and Toddlers

This post contains affiliate links. See more information.  Spring Books and Fingerplays Spring is just around the corner! Talking to babies and children about the changing seasons prepares them for the changes and gets them excited for what’s to come! A fun theme to explore in […]

Daniel Tiger Episode List

Daniel Tiger Episode List

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Daniel Tiger Episode List Sometimes I want to watch a specific Daniel Tiger episode (doctor, birthday, new baby, feelings, school, etc.) with my son, and it is hard for me to find it. So, I made this list […]

Building a Toddler Library

Building a Toddler Library

This post contains affiliate links. See more information.  Reading to your child is one of the best things you can do for them. Through books, children learn valuable lessons about the world, themselves, and others. It can be a challenge to find high-quality literature that both […]

Favorite Baby Books for Valentine’s Day

Favorite Baby Books for Valentine’s Day

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Valentine’s Day Books These books are all perfect to read to babies for Valentine’s Day. They aren’t too long, so perfect for the little ones, and explore themes of love or Valentine’s Day! Nancy Tillman Books All The […]

12 Sensory Activities You Can Buy on Amazon

12 Sensory Activities You Can Buy on Amazon

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Something very similar to the above popped up on my Instagram feed this week. And while I will admit that most of the time I want to be a Pinterest mom, and sometimes I even try Pinterest activities, […]

Toddler Activity Time

Toddler Activity Time

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Toddler Activity Time We’ve tried a few Pinterest activities this week and some were really fun! For more great “real mom tested” ideas, please join and contribute to our Preschool Activity Time group on Facebook! We also have […]

Building a Baby Library

Building a Baby Library

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Reading to your baby may seem silly but it is SO important! As a teacher, I know how important it is to set the stage for later literacy skills, and reading every day provides a great activity for […]

5 Favorite Baby Toys

5 Favorite Baby Toys

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. My little man just turned 7 months this weekend, so I thought I’d make a list of our current favorites! 1. Melissa and Doug Pullback Cars | These soft cars are lots of fun at different ages – right […]

Kiddie Videos based on Kiddie Lit (Children’s Literature)

Kiddie Videos based on Kiddie Lit (Children’s Literature)

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Kiddie Videos based on Kiddie Lit We all need a little break sometimes! And screen time for your kids is an easy way to catch a break and get a few things done for yourself! Here is a […]

Choosing the Best Toys for Toddlers

Choosing the Best Toys for Toddlers

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. The Best Toddler Toys We live in a small space and don’t have room for a lot of toys, so it is really important to us that all of our toys are engaging, interactive, and fun! The best […]

Five Favorite Baby Items

Five Favorite Baby Items

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Here are some of my favorite baby items/toys from the first year! Birth – crawling (0-6 months) Before your baby can crawl, an activity mat is the perfect place for him or her to play! Our baby loved […]

Holiday Books

Holiday Books

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. I’m sharing some favorites from my holiday book collection! Just click on the images below to learn more about each book!    1. Llama Llama Holiday Drama – a great addition to any Llama Lama collection 2. Auntie […]

How to Start a Baby Book Club

How to Start a Baby Book Club

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Baby Book Club When my little one was about 18 months old, I really wanted him to have experiences socializing with other kids as well as engage in interactive literacy activities. I also wanted to socialize with other […]

Naptime Deal: How to watch Daniel Tiger episodes online for FREE!

Naptime Deal: How to watch Daniel Tiger episodes online for FREE!

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. For the longest time, we were using the same few episodes on YouTube and then we found out that Amazon Prime has all of the Daniel Tiger episodes from the first 7 seasons (Update: As of 2019, only […]

Red and Lulu

Red and Lulu

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. I came across Red and Lulu this week and fell in love. I love falling in love with children’s books, it is definitely a great feeling when I find one that I know will be a story my children/students […]

Fall Books

Fall Books

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. We took a trip to the bookstore yesterday to check out the Fall books, and we came home with some great finds! Llama Llama Gives Thanks – I had to get this to add to our Llama Llama collections. […]

Baby and Toddler Gift Ideas Under $25

Baby and Toddler Gift Ideas Under $25

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. For Pretend Play Melissa and Doug Cookies  – My son loves to play pretend with these in his kitchen! Melissa and Doug Pizza Kit – My son got this pizza kit for his birthday and absolutely loves playing pizza store […]

How to do Stamp Art without the Mess!

How to do Stamp Art without the Mess!

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. My two year old loves stamps! Particularly, he loves the vehicle stamps, but he has these too. When he gets a little older, I will let him start using the stamps with paper and ink, but for right […]

What We Read Today

What We Read Today

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. These are the books I read this morning with my baby (4 months old). He loved them both so I thought I’d share! Little Panda is my favorite in this series of finger puppet books. The story is […]

Four Favorite Baby Books

Four Favorite Baby Books

This post contains affiliate links. See more information.   It can be overwhelming to choose books that both you and your baby will enjoy! My personal favorite is Baby Beluga. I really love all of the Raffi songs and books, and I find that both of my […]

What We Read Today

What We Read Today

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. This morning, we read Let it Fall by Maryann Cocca-Leffler. This book is perfect for this time of year and for the 2-4 year old age group. She references apple picking, fall fairs, leaves falling, and at the […]

10 Bath Time Tips

10 Bath Time Tips

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Bath Time! Here are some great tips on the different things to think about when preparing for bath time for your little one! 1. An infant tub – I always chose to co-bathe with my babies because I […]

Toy Storage

Toy Storage

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Where to Store all the Toys? Toys, toys, everywhere! I like for our toy storage to mostly blend in with the other decorations in our apartment. It is also important to me when I’m choosing storage that the […]

10 Rainy Day Toddler Activities

10 Rainy Day Toddler Activities

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Here are some ideas for rainy days, OR you could just turn on Daniel Tiger and call it a day! 1. Go to the bookstore or library (pictured is the bookstore 2 blocks away from my apartment!) 2. […]

Shapes Theme

Shapes Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Songs/Fingerplays The Circle The circle is a shape That’s easy to be found. It has no corners on it And is completely round. (Form circle with fingers) A Square is its Name Here’s a shape that you should […]

Fall Theme

Fall Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Songs/Fingerplays Scarecrow, Scarecrow (Sung to: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn Around)   Scarecrow, Scarecrow, turn around (children turn around) Scarecrow, scarecrow, jump up and down (children jump up and down) Scarecrow, scarecrow, arms up high (children hold hands […]

Leaves and Trees Theme

Leaves and Trees Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Songs/Fingerplays Five Autumn Leaves Five autumn leaves hanging from a tree (hold up 5 fingers) The first one said “Very soon we’ll be free.” The second one said, “I’m falling to the ground.” The third one said, “I’ll […]

School Theme

School Theme

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Songs/Fingerplays To preschool we will go! (Tune: Farmer in the Dell) To preschool we will go! To preschool we will go! We’ll learn and play and make new friends To preschool we will go! This Is The Way […]

Apple Theme

Apple Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Songs/Fingerplays Ten Red Apples Ten red apples growing on a tree. Hold arms up in the air like branches. Five for you and five for me. Shake one hand and then the other. I will shake the tree […]

ABC Theme

ABC Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information.  Songs/Fingerplays Action Rhyme: “Alphabet Beat”   First clap your hands. Then stomp your feet. Everybody do the alphabet beat. Apple, Apple, Apple – a – a – a, Apple, Apple, Apple – a – a – a, Wave […]