Infant and Toddler

Summer bucket list for a toddler

My niece sent me over her summer bucket list of things she plans to do with her daughter Clara. What is a summer bucket list? It is a list of ideas that a parent puts together of activities the parent plans to do with his or her child over the summer… As you can see […]

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At play with baby: look at me

For those of you who have not graduated into the grandma club, then you may not appreciate this as much when I say…   There is nothing more amazing than watching your own child be a parent! I love watching my daughter be a mom – she is so natural and nurturing and smart! Shall […]

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On becoming a grandma for the very first time

Becoming a grandma is an experience that only after becoming a grandma can you begin to appreciate. Bright and early this morning, my daughter had our first grand baby – a bouncing baby boy…. We arrived at the hospital at 1:00 in the morning and by 8:00 in the morning he was here! He is […]

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At play with baby: hello hands!

Discover how to create a wonderful book of hands for your infant or toddler and use the book to explore the things in your child’s world! A terrific tool for infant lesson plans.Discover how to create a wonderful book of hands for your infant or toddler and use the book to explore the things in your child’s world! A terrific tool for infant lesson plans.

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At play with baby: bouncing balls

A big ball, medium ball, and a small ball too… A red ball, yellow ball, and one the color blue… What can Clara do with three balls on the ground? She can push them, and follow them, and roll them around! The small ball is soft… The red ball is bumpy… The blue ball is […]

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At play with baby: shiny paper

What is baby Clara doing today? She’s getting ready for the holidays! Paper red, silver, and gold… This paper feels a little bit cold! Cut the paper into small pieces and stick to laminating paper… And Clara can explore some more! See what Clara’s mommy made with all that shiny paper… As with anything you […]

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At play with baby: in and out

What can baby Clara do with a spoon, and a pan, and a plastic egg? The egg goes in… The egg comes out… The egg gets rolled all about… Turn the pan over and then Clara can… Go tap, tap, tap on that funny little pan.. But uh, oh where did the egg go? There […]

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At play with baby: I am special

Look in the mirror and who do I see? I see baby Clara looking at me! I see two eyes, two ears, a nose, and a mouth Two hands and two feet! Uh, oh! Where did baby Clara go? There she is!

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At play with baby: Pumpkin Play

Baby Clara has a pumpkin… The pumpkin is orange and round. Who is taller? Who is smaller? Clara or the pumpkin on the ground? See more on infant lesson plans here!

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Infant lesson plan suggestions

My number one request for information is on how to write infant lesson plans so I thought I would share some tips as well as a lesson plan shared with me. Lesson plan template Click for MS Word Doc First of all, you want to start with a lesson plan form of some type. It […]

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We explored our five senses in preschool: touch

This past week the children explored their sense of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. Let me show you what the children found in the “sense of touch” discovery center… The children used their sense of touch to sample different types of textures. This activity lends itself to great opportunities for expanding vocabulary. I stopped by the toddler class on […]

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Twos can create ladybugs in preschool too!

The two year old class made their ladybugs a little differently then the ladybugs made by the threes class posted yesterday… Red crayons to color the back of a paper plate and dot painters to make the dots… Then a piece of black construction paper for the head…. And then it was time to add […]

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At play with baby: My Family

Clara has a mommy… Clara has a daddy… Clara has a grandma and a great grandma… Clara has a grandpa… Clara has a family! Photos were used by permission from Clara’s family and Photography by Karena DeMerchant

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Using lids to play with a purpose in preschool

I have been collecting small lids from milk jugs and juice jugs. I don’t really have a lot but I keep the ones I have saved in a small plastic pickle jar that I saved as well. To the untrained eye, these lids look like… well they just look like lids. But what I see […]

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Best toys for toddlers: An interview

I want to invite you to hop on over to Best Toys for Toddlers and check out my interview. They asked me the following types of questions… Can you compare the role of a teacher versus a parent? What is your opinion about introducing numbers and the alphabet to toddlers? Which toys would you recommend to parents […]

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Chalk paint and print-making with preschoolers and toddlers

For those of you following along, you know that I am on a quest to introduce the concept of painting to my little nephew Wy. I could make Wy sit down with me, hold his hand, and make him paint a picture but that is a sure fire way to get him to NEVER want […]

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