Monday, November 24, 2008

Printable Bubble Letters

Printable Coloring Pages

Printable bubble letters, printable letters and other printable coloring pages are available with more on the way!

There are a variety of coloring pages and printables on the following topics:
Seasonal printables, Special Needs Printables, Character Coloring Pages, Sports Printables and Coloring Pages and many many more!


Printables andWorksheets:

Preschool worksheets and printables can also be accessed here:
Printables & Worksheets


Check with us often as we ADD more worksheets for kids, lesson printables and other activity sheets for teaching and educating kids.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Preschool Math & Math Activities For Kids

Preschool Math can be very fun and easy to teach to kids. It can be as easy as singing a number song or counting fun objects.

I have a couple of number songs in my videos on You Tube.

A preschool math activity I would recommend is counting some familiar objects that the children are familiar with. Count up to an age appropriate number depending on the level of your class.
Counting is a great form of math as it get the children familiar with the orders of numbers.

You can also read a book about counting or hold up some flash cards that have numbers on them so the children can see associate the look of the number with the number they are saying.

And always a class favorite is counting with food. This one I do with very low numbers just to try and introduce very simple addition and subtraction. I get 3-4 apples and line them up in a row. (I do this activity at a table.) Then I count them. Then I take one apple away and say, "if I take this apple away lets see how many are left." Then we count them again. Then I add it back and follow the same routine.

Then once more I do the same routine but this time taking away two, and then bringing them back. You can go higher depending on the level of your class.

Remember repetition is important but children also get bored easy. So I change it up a bit and say, now what if we eat one apple, so I cut it up give everyone a piece and we count the apples. I go down the list and we eat each apple until there are (zero) 0 apples on the table.

In Preschool, we need to make learning fun so that way when they get to school and start using paper and pencils, they have a positive and fun start to pre k math which encourages them to keep it up throughout school.

I hope I have helped you out.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Preschool Science Experiment for Kids - Bottle Greenhouse

Plastic Bottle Greenhouse - Science Experiment
Science Experiments For Kids



What You Need For This Science Activity:



 Some soil
 Seedlings, seeds or small plant
 Tape
 Scissors
 Clear plastic water bottle or beverage bottle with cap





Procedure for This Science Experiment:



1. Make sure the plastic bottle is rinsed out well. It doesn’t have to be completely dry inside.

2. Carefully cut the plastic bottle in half using the scissors.

3. Being careful of sharp edges - take the bottom portion of the plastic bottle and fill it about half way with soil.


4. Plant either your seeds, or seedling in the soil-making sure it is lightly covered with soil.


5. Carefully place the top portion of the plastic bottle back on top of the lower portion of the bottle. Seal them together with the tape and make sure there are no small holes that air or liquid can escape from.


6. Place just a few drops of water in your bottle greenhouse. Put the cap back on top of the bottle.


7. Place your Bottle Greenhouse near a bright window where it can get lots of sun and warmth.


8. In a few days the bottle will begin to ‘sweat’ inside. This is condensation which will help to keep supplying the seeds or plant with moisture to help it to grow. If it is too wet inside open the cap for a while to let it dry out for a little bit.


9. Check it daily and you will gradually begin to see the plant or seeds growing.





Fun Science Facts For this Kids Science Activity:



Sunlight and it’s warmth, cause the temperature inside the bottle greenhouse to rise.

Because it is sealed with a cap or a lid, the sealed air inside stays heated even though the outside air may cool down.

The air inside the Bottle Greenhouse turns to water which feeds the plant to keep it healthy and alive.



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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

'The Preschool Approach At Home' - Preschool Learning Article

While recently doing some research on the preschool learning and preschool homeschool curriculum, and what type of preschool activities would create a positive self motivation preschool learning environment for the homeschool, I came across some ideas that are so simple it was almost embarrassing that I had to discover this through my ‘research’ time.

When one preschool teacher was asked ‘what is the one preschool teaching tool or tools in your classroom that you could not do without? She answered real life stuff. Pots and pans, staplers, hole punchers, anything around the house that will provide real life experiences for preschool activities.

Think about it…. Every thing you need for your homeschool preschool is just around the corner at a yard sale! If your going to teach preschool homeschool your classroom should be set up like a real life home. Imagine that. A real life home environment for the preschool child, and you did it. Can you teach that way? Of course, you can.

You probably already have, and do allow your child time to play, read, run outdoors, and discover the world on their travels. And you do so in a loving environment.

What you provide will far exceed what is provided for in a public preschool learning environment.

You are the best teacher the child will ever have and your home is the best leaning environment for the preschooler. You certainly don’t need to spend vast amounts of money equipping your home for preschool activities. As mentioned earlier, thrift stores and yard sales can provide more than you could ever use.

Also remember, real life experiences. Let the child help you bake, do laundry, and other household experiences. They all offer visual, hands on, and subtle problem solving. And you thought homeschool preschool would require a classroom setting.

Not hardly.

Mary Joyce is a former educator, successful homeschool parent, and has written many articles on teaching your child at home for the Homeschool-Curriculum-4u website. Please visit (http://www.homeschool-curriculum-4u.com) for a complete list of Mary's articles.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Preschool Activities-Summer

Fun Summer Activities For Kids:

Sometimes on a wonderful summer day, we just want to stay outside for as long as we can. But what can you do for so long without getting bored?

Here’s an idea for a fun filled day in the sun.

Send notices home with the children saying that they will need to bring a swim suit, towel, and sun screen to stay in their cubbies for the beautiful summer days ahead.

When you have one of those day where you just don’t want to go inside why not set up the playground/yard like this:

1. Set out one kiddy sized pool with floating water toys in it.

2. Set out a sensory bin or large basins with water. Try decorating the water with sparkles or foam shapes and put different sized plastic cups and scoops for the children to explore and practice pouring.

3. Have a “bubble station”. Buy a few packs of bubble solution, *(or make your own). Dump the bubble solution in a large bowl and put a bunch of bubble sticks in it so the children can easily blow bubbles when they go to that station.

4. Fill up some balloons with water and encourage the children to try and toss the balloons back and forth without breaking them, or just have fun and throw them around.

5. Put a sprinkler on for the children to run through.

Enjoy hours of fun in the sun!

Feel free to do all or some of these activities at one time. Just make sure you have adequate supervision around the kiddy pool.

Your playground/backyard will be the talk of the town.
Have a blast this summer!

*Please visit http://www.activityschoolbus.com and click on the Pre K Science link in the left hand menu to find the recipe for making your own bubble solution.

To make things easier, we recommend buying the bubble solution as you can get it cheap at dollar stores. Making the bubble solution could be an outside summer science activity with the children on a different day.


Enjoy these fun ideas and we will be sending more out soon.
Preschool Learning Online Team

Preschool Summer Activities for You and Your Kids

One thing children love is tea parties, hot chocolate parties, or any kind of party where you can make something that you can also enjoy. But in these summer months who wants a hot drink!?

Here is a recipe for a delicious and refreshing punch. You can have a dress up party and then all sit down in your “adult clothes” and sip on some wonderful cold tasty punch.

This recipe is enough for a preschool class or large group of children. If you are a Home Daycare Provider you can always cut this recipe in half. It’s pretty easy without much measuring at all.

Tooty Fruity Punch

2x2L Bottles of Ginger Ale
1L Club Soda
1 Can Lemonade
¼ cup sugar
1 pack of frozen strawberries
1 pack of frozen raspberries
2-4 trays of ice
Orange slices for garnish (optional)
Punch bowl/stirring spoon
Ladle
Plastic champagne style cups

Directions:

Empty the contents of the lemonade can in the bottom of the punch bowl, then pour the sugar on the frozen lemonade.

Next, empty the Ginger Ale and the Club Soda in the punch bowl and stir all ingredients together.

To finish, add as much frozen fruit as you desire, or 1 cup of each. Then set the orange slices on top so they are floating. Then using the ladle fill each plastic champagne cup about half way. Feel free to have seconds, thirds or more.

There you have it, refreshing Tooty Fruity Dress up Party Punch!

Enjoy!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Baby Bumble Bee Song for Preschoolers with Actions

 


Watch the preschool educational video above, for the baby bumble bee song for ways in which to use this preschool song with your kids. It's a popular song and can be used with fun actions that your preschoolers and toddler children will love.

Preschool Learning-Tips-Organizing Tips

 

Preschool Learning Tips & Organizing Ideas:

Get practical tips for staying organized when teaching children.

Preschool Activities & Felt Activities For Circle

 

Felt Activities and Ideas For Circle:

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Preschool Graduation and Kindergarten Graduation Diplomas Free For Printing



Preschool-Kindergarten Graduations:

We have added a new Preschool-Kindergarten Graduation area to our preschool website.

Here we will be providing Preschool-Kindergarten ideas, Graduation songs /poems for pre k kids and free Printable Diplomas for Preschool-Kindergarten Graduations.




*Please..if you have ANY songs, poems or ideas for preschool or kindergarten graduation ceremonies please comment here and add them.

We would love to publish any of your ideas for this topic!

*Take a look at our current preschool diplomas and kindergarten diplomas that can be printed for free!


Friday, May 23, 2008

Parenting Article: Is Your Child Afraid Of The Dark?


Is Your Child Afraid Of The Dark?


Many children, for various reasons are afraid of the dark.
This maybe be for any multitude of reasons. Children in their inexperience, have vivid imaginations and can become fearful of the dark.

So what do you do if this is the case with your child?

Well, there are a few simple steps that can be taken to help to put your children at ease when night time or bed time comes.

1) Walk hand in hand with your child and look through the entire bedroom. Look under beds, in closets, behind objects etc. to show your child that there is nothing to be afraid of like monsters, etc.

2)Leave your bedroom door open as well as your child's bedroom door at night so they do not feel so alone or confined.

3) Close closet doors etc in child's bedroom. This will make them feel more at ease.

4)Place a night light in their bedroom for when they sleep at night so it isn't such a dark experience. the light will make the feel more at ease.

5)In some cases, provide them with a stuffed toy to sleep with at night. This way they will feel secure knowing they are not alone but have a cuddly friend with them.

6) Sometimes, some warm milk before bed will do the trick in making them sleep , quicker, and more soundly.

7) In some cases there maybe times where you play some relaxing, upbeat music (softly) that will keep them occupied until they fall asleep.

8)It is also good to reinforce with your children that you will see them in the morning. This will make them feel reassured that they will see 'Mommy' & 'daddy' in the morning.

* No doubt there are different strategies in order to deal with children over coming their fear of the dark. These are a few really good ideas to assist in helping your children have a good nights sleep with out it affecting you, or your sleep.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Printable Dinosaur Theme Activities & Printable Themes For Kids


Preschool Dinosaur Theme: Preschool Themes & Preschool Printables:

Here is one our FEATURED Preschool Themes & Preschool Activities Packages!

You Get Over 150 + Printables & Activities You can use to teach kids over and over again!

Each Preschool Themes & Printables Package contains printables, recipes, activities and more all centered around that particular Preschool Theme.

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Friday, May 02, 2008

Preschool Lunch Ideas & Snacks Made Healthy For Kids


Healthy Lunch and Snack Ideas for Kids:

School Lunch Ideas-Healthy Pita Pizzas for Kids

School Lunch Idea: Healthy Pita Pizza’s

This school lunch idea is great for home day care providers or even as a class activity. This school lunch recipe makes about 2 pitas worth (4 pizzas). You can change the toppings for this school lunch idea as desired to the children’s’ liking.



School Lunch Idea: What you will need:

1 pkg. whole wheat pitas
1 jar tomato basil sauce
1 pkg. turkey pepperoni
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
1 small onion
1-2 cups shredded marble cheese
Italian seasoning spice blend (optional)


School Lunch Directions:

Take one pita and cut it carefully with a knife so you split the whole pita in half. You should have two round circles.

Place them on a baking sheet and place in the oven at about 350ºF until a little toasty.

When you pull out the pitas, turn the oven up to 475ºF. Spread some sauce on each one, sprinkle with spice blend and then add toppings as desired. Place back in the oven and cook until cheese is melted and the pizza is cooked to desired liking.

This lunch has everything you need in it, meat, veggies, dairy, and good carbohydrates.

You can serve this lunch with fresh fruit and milk, water, or juice.

Enjoy.

You can get more delicious kids snacks and recipes here >

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Circle Time Songs For Preschoolers & Kids Songs For Learning

 

Circle Time Songs and Ideas for Kids:

Great activities for teaching children using songs and related activities during your circle time.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

PreK Themes- Preschool Jungle Theme-Printables For Kids



Preschool Jungle Theme Download: 150+ Printables, PreK Theme Activities, Recipes & Games for Parents & Teachers to Use with their Kids!


Below is a full list of every pre k themes activity on this Preschool Jungle Theme CD Download.



. Jungle Alphabet

• Tell a story pictures (Jungle)

• Flash Cards

• Borders

• Jungle tracing activity sheets

• Bookmarks

• Collage pictures for mobiles and wall display

• Colouring pictures

• Door hangers

• Jungle animal finger puppets

• Headbands

• Jungle leaves

• Puzzles

• Printable jungle snap game

• Lion giraffe and monkey mask

• Original jungle rhymes

• Snake pattern printable

• Tiger and elephant masks

• Toucan stained glass windows

• Tribal jungle masks



JUNGLE THEME RECIPES

• Jungle platters

• Banana boats

• Jungle juice

• Toucan fruit kebabs



THEMED JUNGLE ACTIVITIES

• Feather headbands

• Safari binoculars

• Tribal group art

• Jungle flower making

• Sock elephant

• Jungle leaves

• Lions mane

• Jungle vines

• Paper Mache monkey

• Jungle books

• Zebra art

• Tribal face painting

• Tribal bead threading

• THEME DAY IDEAS


Below Is A Sample Of Just Some The Activities:



*View All Of The PreK Themes That Are Available From Our Preschool Websitefor Download!

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Make Flubber Video & Recipe to Make Fun Kids Stuff

 

Flubber Video:

Make flubber for the preschool children in your class. Don't know what flubber is? You'll have to watch the video..

Preschool Learning Online - Featured Kids Book-Story Recommendation For Kids

 

Book and Story Recommendation for Kids:

Spring Is Here! Get Your Kids Outdoors!

Spring has finally arrived!

Winter and it's often depressing side affects are on their way out! We understand that winter is not depressing for many children but it is for many adults.
Many children love winter. They love tobogganing, skating, snow ball fights, building snowforts, snowmen and playing in the snow.

For many people though, children included, winter is a time to stay indoors and do nothing but play video games, sleep in and watch television.

Ahh, spring is here..what a great feeling of new life. Clean crisp air, warm weather and sunshine really picks up one's spirit and makes us feel energized.

If your children are in a habit of staying inside and playing video games, watching television and sitting around watching the paint dry-we need to incorporate some ideas and fun kids activities to get them out side and more active.

Exercise and outdoor activity is healthy for us all-kids need it just as much if not more than adults to combat childhood obesity issues and depression.

As parent s we need to start planning ahead for activities that get our children involved.
Maybe we can plan day trips to the park. Maybe we can go to the beach and get out of the car and walk around and let children observe nature and the life around them.
Often times Spring time involves cleaning up around the outside of the house.
Raking leaves, tilling gardens, cleaning flower beds, picking up garbage doing small simple repairs.

Can we get our young children involved by doing simple tasks that make them feel special? Maybe they can pass dad his tools when he needs them, maybe they can help mom to clean out the flower beds, pick up pieces of paper etc.

What ever it is that our kids help us with, make it fun.

Maybe we can play music outside while doing these activities and really praise up our children when they do their part, 'no matter how small', in helping out.

Games can also be fun for kids. When outside with our kids, maybe have them find as many different shaped leaves as possible and collect them?

If your kids are familiar with colors, or counting, maybe have them count the number 'red items' they see when outside or in a certain area.

Perhaps as parents we can just get our children to get out and comment on the signs of life (birds, squirrels, rabbits, insects etc..) that they observe around them. Parent can use this opportunity to share their knowledge and fun facts with their kids.

There is really no right or wrong ideas here. The idea is to put the emphasis on getting your children outside and enjoying themselves, keeping them occupied and safely having fun!

*Keep in mind that this time of year brings many children and animals outdoors at all different times of the day. When driving in our cars we want to be cautious of children hiding behind 'parked cars', riding bikes, and running out on to the streets when you least expect it! Always BE ALERT and EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!

Let's have a SAFE, FUN & EXCITING SPRING & SUMMER for everyone!

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Get Your Kids Off The Couch With These Outdoor Toys

If you have had enough of the kids spending all their time in front of a television or a computer screen, the time has come to get them out of house and into the fresh air and sunshine. One of the best ways to encourage outdoor activity and plenty of exercise is with the aid of fun outdoor toys. Here are some examples of toys that may be just what you need to entice the kids to get up, get out, and have some fun.

There are outdoor toys that will work for just about any age and gender group. For young boys, Air Hogs has a varied line of toys that will do the trick. The RC planes are a lot of fun, and also very inexpensive. Small and made of plastic and Styrofoam components, these RC planes will stand up to a lot of wear and can be had for around $40.00. The RC Aero Ace Jet will also delight the kids and sells for around the same price. For ore fun, there is the RC Air Hogs Super bike that retails for around $20.00.

For younger children, outdoor toys often means water toys. Check out the range of offerings such as Aquaplay, WHAM-O Slip N Slide, and various water guns that are ideal for running around and cooling off at the same time. Many of these water toys can be purchased at discount retail outlets and at online stores for very little cost.

Hand held toys such as pinwheels are a lot of fun. They are inexpensive, come in a wide range of colors, and are ideal for spending sometime outside under the trees. The kids may even get into trading pinwheels with their friends.

How about some wheels to maneuver around the yard or perhaps the neighborhood? If your kids want to get a little mobile, consider a classic Radio Flyer, kettle r, or a Razor Scooter. You can find some great options for wheeled toys at local stores.

Keep in mind that purchasing creative toys is only part of the process for getting the kids out into the open air. Parents need exercise and sunshine too. Make it a point to spend time outside with your kids and you may rediscover some of the delights from your own childhood. Toss around a football, fly a kite, or play games like Tag. Not only will both you and your kids get some exercise, but you also will build some great memories together.

Hi, I'm Romain Levesque Author of the article and owner of the website: http://www.details4life.com

Feel free to stop by. You may republish this article as long as the resource box an live link remains. Cheers!!

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Monday, April 07, 2008

Spring & Summer Newsletter-Great Spring Preschool Activities for Kids

Happy Spring and Summer Subscriber,


It’s been a while since our last newsletter. We apologize for the delay but we have some exciting news. We are in the process of finishing up our sister site which we have been working very hard on. Check out the following link to be one of the first to visit this site. Click here to visit: Activity School Bus.com We have great new information on this site including Themes. Check out our theme section where we have well over 15 themes already posted!


We have also been working on videos which we have put up on the web. We will be making these videos available through our site by link or actual video. One of our team operators, (Marisa Robinson E.C.E) demonstrates activities, songs, cooking, and great book recommendations. Keep checking back to PreschoolLearningOnline.com for these exciting changes and add-ons as well as our sister site: ActivitySchoolBus.com


Now For Some Free Spring/Summer Activities:




Cooking Activity: Birds Nests

What you will need:

2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
6 tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup fine shredded coconut (optional)*
3 cups oatmeal


Large Pot
Wooden Spoon
Waxed Paper
Jellybeans
Large Popsicle Sticks


What to do:

Prepare Ingredients using the directions below:

1. Combine the first four ingredients together in a large pot and bring to a boil for about 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.

2. Take pot off of stove and add the coconut and oatmeal. Mix until everything is coated.
Give each child a piece of waxed paper. Drop a generous sized spoonful of the “birds nest” mixture onto the waxed paper.

Have each child work the mixture with a popsicle stick until it’s cool enough to handle.

Have children shape the mixture into a birds nest and then let set.

Once the mixture is set (either in the fridge or at room temp.) give the child a handful of jelly beans or chocolate foil wrapped eggs to put in the centre of their nest.

This is a great afternoon snack or dessert after a healthy lunch.

Enjoy!

*If you omit the coconut, replace by adding ¼-1/2 cup of oatmeal.


For more free activities visit: PreschoolLearningOnline.com and ActivitySchoolBus.com



Incorporating Science and Creative Art:



What you will need:

Styrofoam Cups
Soil
Spoons (enough for all children)
Flower seeds such as Violets
Water in a container with a spout

Any or all of the following:
Markers
Glue
Sparkles, beads, anything else fun and glue able


Allow each child to create their own flower pot.
First, write each child’s name on the bottom of the cup. Then have the children decorate it however they wish to.

Next, have each child fill their cup almost to the top of the cup with soil using a spoon to scoop it.

Then give them a seed to place on the top and have them push the seed down very gently only about a finger tips depth.

Then give them the water to water the seed a tiny bit.

Once everyone has planted their seeds, place their flower pots out where they will get some filtered sunlight.

Optional: Check on the plants daily and see whose started to grow first, last, how much they grow each week, etc. Document the progress on chart paper to post on the wall when the experiment is finished.

Once everyone’s plant have started to grow, send them home with the children and encourage their parents to re-pot the plant and watch it grow more.


For free activities, themes and more, visit:

PreschoolLearningOnline.com and ActivitySchoolBus.com




Sensory Activity:


Who said the sand box had to be limited to just cars and trucks, shovels and pails.

Let’s get creative!


For a great fresh spring activity, take out those cars and trucks, shovels and pails, and let’s replace the sandbox with gardening gloves, gardening shovels, flower pots, and some fake flowers. While you’re at it, why not add some fun gardening hats for the children to extend their play.

Sit back and watch or join in the fun as you watch them develop their little green thumbs!

I hope this has helped give you a kick start to spring and summer. It doesn’t end there though. Keep checking back to our web sites for more great free activities.



Thanks and enjoy the great weather ahead!


Regards,
The Preschool Learning Online Team

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Preschool Learning Online: BOOKS OF THE MONTH CLUB


Book Of The Month Club!

Parents --Teachers!

Looking for Highly recommended Books that your children or preschoolers will Love?

Check Out Our: Book Of The Month Club!
(Free To Join-Just Books We Highly Recommend!)

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Preschool Learning Online & Toy Ideas: Toddler Toy Basics


Toddler Toy Basics

Introduction

Toddler Toys offer toddlers a myriad of activities to explore, introducing them to ride on toys, puzzles, and more. We believe that the best toddler toys are the one which are age appropriate and support the physical, emotional, social, cognitive and language development of toddlers. Some toddler toys at this age include singing toys, toys with buttons to push, blocks, shape sorters, pull and push toys to name a few.

Learning


Remember, like I said, even toys as basic as blocks are considered learning toys: when toddlers engage in the great fun of building up and tearing down they're developing skills they'll eventually need to grasp basic principles of math. This cannot be stressed enough. Children's toys that introduce your young one to auditory processing, cognitive learning and gross motor development. If possible the best thing you can do is provide your little one with a variety of toys and learning experiences in a warm supportive environment. Pressuring a child to learn or going overboard by making every interaction with you a lesson, may lead to taking the fun out of learning. Kids do not feel like they are learning, but rather playing.delimiter

Toy

Toys need to entertain as well as educate your toddler. Toddler Toys will keep developing important skills, while introducing the fun of play. Push toys (like the Corn Popper) give toddlers an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of physical exercise and improve the coordination important to development. Even toys as basic as blocks are considered learning toys: when toddlers engage in the great fun of building up and tearing down they're developing skills they'll eventually need to grasp basic principles of math. Toddlers will love to play with these following toys: climbing toys , toddler pull toys, toddler push toys, toddler riding toys, swinging toys, play tunnel, slides, rocking toys (including toy rocking horse)and balls. If you're on a budget, get the balls and the push toys or even think about checking about programs such as Free Cycle, where people sign-up to give away things they don't need any more for free.delimiter

Language

You can use any toddler toy to improve your child's language development. Play with your child and talk to them about the toy. Explain to them how it works, the colors of the toy, or the function. Also, teaching your toddler to share toys will improve his/her social skills, also increasing their ability to communicate with others without screaming "MINE."

Conclusion

There are many types of toddler toys out there for your toddler. When choosing, just remember that the toy is not as important as how you present the toy to them. Use every opportunity as a way to teach and develop them into the person they are going to be for the rest of their life. Toddlers are at the age at which people are most impressionable, they pick up everything and immolate everything. So, let the games begin, and learn a little too.

Amy Bew is a devoted parent and has published other online content. She is the owner of http://toddlertoys.foundithereonline.com and a member of the Found if here online network @ http://foundithereonline.com

Preschool Learning & Kids Games: Toddler Learning Game The World Is One Big Adventure

Toddler Learning Game The World Is One Big Adventure

The life of a toddler does not need to be day after day of organized activities, but putting in a good routine can help you and your child.

If she knows that on Monday you go to the park, on Wednesday you go to playgroup and on Saturday you have a special Breakfast, it will give her stability and confidence, knowing what is going to happen day to day, but allowing flexibility too.

Between 12 and 24 months your toddler will have more interest in Everything around her, she will enjoy putting things together, poking, prodding and games involving hand to eye coordination.

Her manipulation and fine motor skills will develop as she learns to use her wrist and different grasps depending on the object she is using, she will show her first signs of becoming an artist, using crayons and a paintbrush.

This creative early learning will help your child develop fine motor skills as well as gain confidence, self-expression and a creative mind.

For your toddlers first go at creating a masterpiece, until she develops his fine motor skills, she will need to use stubby crayons and a large sheet of paper. At first there wont be much control where the crayons go on the paper, but as with all other skills, practice and more practice, with lots of encouragement, will help her gain confidence and master this skill.

Children naturally love to make things, and like nothing more than showing you their handiwork. For a young child, crafts and other artistic activities are great for confidence building and self-expression, and having your child's masterpieces around the house will show her how proud you are of her work and give her confidence.

Using Play Dough is another fun learning game, its lovely to squish and squeeze and fun to model, your child can use it from about two years old, but make sure it doesn't get eaten!

Play Dough is very quick and easy to make, it is a brilliant way for children to learn about weights, measurements and the way materials change.

Music and singing nursery rhymes will also play a large part of her daily routine.

Educational music games, toys, instruments and CDs are a great way for Toddlers and Preschoolers to gain from listening to music. Music benefits your child's speech and movement, as well as their self-confidence, self-expression and their listening and concentration skills.

Action Songs help your toddler experience music physically through play, and is great way of interacting between you and your toddler. Your child won't know that she is actually doing educational music games, its just fun to her.

Children love joining in and doing activities with you. An action song can even change their mood, and yours too, making you both happier and content. My personal favourite for changing my mood is, "Johnny Taps With One Hammer", it just makes me laugh.

Some other suggestions could be Head, Shoulders, Knees And Toes, The Wheels On The Bus, If You're Happy And You Know It, I'm A Little Teapot and One Finger, One Thumb, of course the list could go on and on.

You can go to the library and get a range of different music, so you can find out what music makes your toddler tick, and then make up your own educational music game, to get your child involved more in music.

Every child should have a few basic instruments, so that can experiment with music as they wish.

A child's concentration span can be very short, if they are enjoying a piece of music they may well express this the only way they know how, at this age through movement, or dance and the first time your child "feels the beat" can be really entertaining..

The benefits of regular dance sessions are endless. Children are being creative, developing gross and fine motor skills, can work together with other children, build relationships and gain self esteem, to name a few. As with singing songs, dancing to musical tapes will help with their language learning, and get your child used to the rhythm and tune.

There are some fantastic tapes to get you moving, One of our nursery's favourite educational music game is The Sticky Kids CDs, but don't think that its just for kids!

Imagination and creative play is an important part of your child's development also.

Children directly copy what adults do, but they also pretend to be adults when they begin to play imaginatively. So show them a good example.

The Home Area is an important area for this, and you need to broaden the gender roles, so that they do not begin to see what men and woman do in narrow ways.

Role Play, encourages children to listen and talk to each other, it extend the powers of self-expression and encourages the expression of imaginative, non - stereotypical ideas and roles.

There are many educational toys available that mimic the grown up version, educational learning toys like Tea Sets and Cookers, for girls and boys and Power Tools and Super Hero Costumes, for girls and boys.

But don't forget that the use of imagination can change your drab coat into a magic cape! Have a look around charity shops you will get a lot more for your money and make your toddlers imagination work over time.

This has to be the best fun learning experience a child can have and a fantastic educational game for toddler.

Remember what an important part of your life imagination play was when you were a child?

You could be, do and have anything!

Do you remember "The Little Red Engine That Could"? He was just a little engine, but when he saw that steep hill ahead of him, a seemingly impossible obstacle, he kept telling himself, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can," and he pulled all his train cars over the hill. You know the moral: the power of a positive mind.

But then we get knocked down and start disbelieving in what we are capable of, don't do this to your child, help them have a true believing in what they want to be.

Some other great games would be nesting cups, to give the first concepts of "big, bigger and biggest", simple inset puzzles with lift-out pieces or matching games to help to increase your toddler's vocabulary, building blocks, linking toys and lacing sets are some other favourite educational toys for this age.

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Preschool Learning For Parents: Your Child's Height & Factors For Physical Growth

Physical Growth In Children:

Genetic factors are important to physical growth. Tall parents tend to have tall children and short parents tend to have short children. However an interesting phenomenon called "regression toward the mean" has been observed.

Tall parents have children who are taller than average but shorter than their parents. Short parents have children who are shorter than average but are taller than their parents. Children grow upwards, but not steadily. For long periods children may not grow at all.

At other times they may exhibit rapid growth spurts. Your doctor will record the growth for your child on a growth chart. After recording a series of heights and weights at different ages, you can visualize the growth of your child.

If growth is extremely fast or stops for a long period, it will show up on the graph much more clearly, than through the traditional marks on the wall. At some time during growth and development, most children will be high or low on something.

Height has always seemed a trivial characteristic by which to judge any person. Unfortunately, our culture has traditionally placed values on various heights. Being tall has been as an asset for boys but a problem for girls.

Some parents are concerned that their children will be handicapped for being too tall or too short, and seek out ways to change growth patterns. Many tall women might remember being teased because of their height when they were younger.

Initially, growth is controlled by the growth and the thyroid hormone. During puberty, additional hormones kick in. as adolescents reach puberty, the pituitary gland increase the secretion of a hormone called follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).

For boys no single dramatic event makes clear that puberty is on its way. There is a typical sequence of changes however that might not be immediately obvious, because they tend to occur over a fairly long period, and begin between 9 and 14.

Alvaro Castillo has been writing health articles for five years. One of his specializations has been on parenting and pregnancy. If you would like to get the best out of parenting, then visit his website at http://www.myhomeparent.com or visit his blog at http://myhomeparent.blogspot.com to share your opinion.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Preschool Printables-Preschool Themes & Classroom Themes For Kids




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