An Obstacle Course for your Crawler!

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There is something freeing to a baby when he starts crawling...he can finally get where he wants to go!  To make crawling a little more fun (and to increase gross motor development and balance) make an obstacle course for your little mover.All you need is a soft surface (like carpet), some pillows, and a blanket or two!  Oh, and a toy you move around for motivation is also a … [ Keep reading… ]

GIVEAWAY: Fingerprint Pendant from Tina Steinberg!!!

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I only wear jewelry that has meaning to me.  I wear three pieces of jewelry nearly every day...my wedding ring, an opal ring from my grandmother, and a fingerprint necklace that was made when Big Brother was 5 months old.I ordered my first necklace from Tina Steinberg two years ago after my friend Kristen got one with her daughter's fingerprint.  And because I wanted another … [ Keep reading… ]

A Lesson Learned: Don’t Ask, Tell

What is it about the two letters, "N-O" that make a child feel so powerful?  I'm not really sure, but if you have the answer...let me in on your secret!Lately Big Brother has been using this word quite often.  After evaluating some of the situations where this word seems to be said most often, I found a pattern that may partially explain.My husband teases me when we go to a restaurant … [ Keep reading… ]

Alphabet Train Game

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Matching letters is a great way to help children recognize letters in the alphabet.  This is a very simple game that you can do with your preschooler!I used a pre-made alphabet that I bought for my classroom several years ago for this game.  You can do the same thing by making your own!Here's what you'll need:  An alphabet train (pre-made or homemade), index cards.1.  Write … [ Keep reading… ]

"I Spy"

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Here is a new take on the old game "I Spy"  It's a great quiet time activity or you can make it for a very inexpensive gift for a child in your life!  Or take it on a car trip...like we will be doing tomorrow!  If you use things you have around the house and buy a few little trinkets on clearance, this little game will probably end up costing you around $1 each!  My friend … [ Keep reading… ]

Why do "Peek-a-Boo"?

Every parent plays Peek-a-Boo with their child.  It must be written in the owner's manual that comes with a kid...oh wait, there's isn't one--wouldn't it be nice if there was?  Sometimes it helps to know why we do something--rather than just doing it because our moms, our grandmothers, and our great-grandmothers did it.  As silly as it seems, "Peek-a-Boo" actually helps a child with … [ Keep reading… ]