New ways to teach an active toddler.
I need new ways to teach my son because books/workbooks/online games don’t keep his attention at all. He will sit still for five minutes, if I’m lucky. He isn’t interested in magnet letters, either. If I try to take him outside he only wants to play with the cat, jump on his trampoline or sit on the...
I answered this when you asked earlier, but in case you did not see it here is the copied and pasted answer:It is unnatural and unrealistic to EXPECT a child that age to sit still. They learn best through play at that age.Provide an enriching atmosphere for your son, and let him learn from it. Here are some ideas:Appropriate CDs. I like the Cedarmont Kids.Appropriate DVDs and/or television shows.Appropriate websites. Starfall.com is one he might like, and Nick Jr., Disney and PBSKids all have websites for young children with games and activities. Mine (even my 3 year old) likes Google Earth, which is a free download- we have used it in our homeschooling, but they also like to take virtual tours, find odd things (such as elephants on the plains of Africa, or an overturned truck on a highway in the midwest) and find homes of friends and relatives and locations they know, such as the ball field, grocery store, etc.Take him to story time at the book store and/or library. These are usually free, and once a week or so. While there, get a new book.Take him to the Children’s Museum, aquarium, zoo, park.Explore your yard, neighborhood and city with him. Talk about the different sights, sounds, smells, etc. What animals do you see, how do the leaves change? Talk with him about EVERYTHING.Do arts and crafts projects. I like Pack-O-Fun.Use publications such as Highlights (there is a new version for younger children, I believe it is called Hi Five), Little National Geographic Kids, Your Big Backyard…I like Story S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-R-S, which I got from Amazon. There are different versions for various age/grade levels. It gives ideas for incorporating math, science, games, music, arts and crafts, vocabulary, etc.- even snacks- into popular children’s stories.I also got Ready for Kindergarten from Amazon. It gives three or so age appropriate (no sitting with workbooks!) activities to do each week to prepare a child for Kindergarten.Buy a set of cookie cutters. You can get 100+ of them from Wal Mart (arts and crafts section), Target (kitchen section) or Bed, Bath and Beyond for $10. Use them for arts and crafts (making ornaments, using as stencils, etc.), as well as cooking (cutting sandwhiches into shapes, making cookies into letter shapes and t hen letting him put them together to spell his name, etc.).I put alphabet and number magents on the side of my washer and dryer for my 3 year old to play with while I am in the utility room. She also helps match socks and fold wash cloths, which are good skills for them to learn.Play board games such as Memory and Chutes and Ladders.Use sidewalk chalk to write letters. Write upper and lowercase and have him hop from the upper to the lowercase A, etc. Make up other games like that.PuzzlesBubblesSand and water tablePlay DohMusical InstrumentsI really like Leap Frog toys. The leap pads were great (they do not sell them in stores anymore, I am glad I stil have the ones my older children had for my younger children to use). I may get my 3 year old the Leapster for Christmas, though.Fly kitesPlay with a slinkyEverything is a learning experience, but do not force him to do books and workbooks- it is, again, unnatural at his age and if you bore him he will come to hate learning which is going to effect his life. Make it fun and interesting!You can teach body parts and left-right, up down, etc. playing games such as Simon
what are some things to do with 17 mnth old baby, indoors-outdoors. anything reasonably priced in boulder, CO.
Too young to work with colours..
If your toddler is walking and climbing with ease, she might have fun hopping — especially if you do it with her. Hold one of her hands and show her how to stand on one foot and hop up and down. This may be difficult at first, and she’ll probably have to hop on two feet, but she’ll have fun trying to imitate you.Large building bricks: These light cardboard bricks are big enough to stack up into a fort or wall, or any other way your toddler wants. But the most satisfying part of the process continues to be the finale — when the walls come tumbling down.Push and pull toys: Heavily weighted push toys can give your beginner something to lean into as she motors around your home. Wagons can be ideal. Pull toys are for slightly advanced walkers who can look behind them as they move forward. Give them something to look at: Pull toys that flap, bobble, squeak, or in any other way make a scene are favorites. To find out more about walking and your toddler, click here.Sorting and nesting toys: Toddlers love to sort, stack, unsort, unstack, and basically reorganize their lives. Sorting and nesting toys are great fun for those who are trying out their early problem-solving skills.Climbing gym: A tiny gym can give your toddler a safe place to climb, hide, slide, and practice all her emerging motor skills — over and over again. But these sets can also be pricey and are quickly outgrown.Balls: Any ball that’s easy to grasp will be a hit with this group — underinflated beach balls, vinyl balls, cloth balls. Stay away from foam balls that could end up as a mouthful. This is the age at which you can introduce your child to “catch.” Start slowly — she’ll begin to get the back-and-forth rhythm with some practice.Washable crayons and paper: Let the scribbling begin! Hand your toddler no more than a couple of crayons at a time — you don’t want to overwhelm her — and tape the paper to the floor so she can make her mark without dragging the paper along with her.Ride-on vehicles: This mode of self-locomotion may be even more popular than walking. Many small ride-on toys have models with handles for an adult to push when the child gets tired. Avoid the electronic versions — they’re expensive and take away from the fun of getting around under your own power.Tool bench or toy kitchen: Junior fix-it kids or aspiring chefs will get hours of play out of plastic or wooden models scaled to their size. Sets like these give a child a chance to emulate the things he sees adults doing, and they’ll continue to hold his interest for several months as his play gets more sophisticated.Picture books: Your toddler will enjoy more advanced picture books showing familiar objects and activities. She may also start to take pride in her own library and the chance to pick out a favorite for you to read.Hope this helps!
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Stay at home moms- ways to keep sane.
I am a 24 year old stay at home mom of three. (ages 4, 2, and 1) I only really get out for church and the grocery store. What can I do when the weather is bad to keep the kids and I from going nuts?!Also, what can I do for “me time”? I don’t want to go out and drink, and don’t have money to…
Time alone doesn’t have to be time out of the house alone. When my first three or four children were really small, I was a SAHM and didn’t really believe in leaving the kids to “get away”. That’s changed a bit after my 5th & 6th children were born, but back then I just didn’t feel the need to get out much. Nothing wrong with moms who *do* feel that need (believe me, I do *now*!); we all have different patience and tolerance levels, and different ways of recharging our batteries.Some things I used to do (and still do) to de-stress and recharge:A hot bath at the end of a long day; when you have an infant or toddler, expect interruptions and maybe even a guest in the tub! But the hot soak will still do you good even if you can’t be alone.Involving the child(ren) in activities that have to be done, and make them fun; toddlers are great at helping throw clothes into the dryer, or standing on a stool/chair at the kitchen sink splashing harmlessly in dishsoap suds while mom loads the dishwasher, wiping off cupboard doors and drawers with a damp cloth, etc.Indoor activities– long bubble baths, “mixing” invisible ingredients in real kitchen bowls with real utensils, actually cooking together (toddlers and older), playing games on the computer from favorite TV shows/characters (disney.com, nickjr.com, etc.), alternating playing with toys to doing a craft.One thing that I found really helps during the boring winter months with my little ones (my youngest are 5 and almost 3), is to have a basic routine that we follow almost every day. It’s quite flexible, but they know what to expect out of their day most of the time. Up around 8:30-9 and breakfast, cartoons for a little while after that, then computer time. Morning snack, then an activity (craft or game). Clean up, then lunch. Cartoons or a DVD after lunch. Then the older kids come home from school, and it’s snack time again. After that it’s quiet time for the little ones while homework gets done. Sometimes they nap, other times they play quietly up in their room. But for the most part, they know how their day is going to play out, and it’s comforting to know what comes next in the routine. It’s still flexible enough, though, that I’m not confined to following the clock every minute of the day, and we change things up enough that they aren’t set in any particular activities or ways of doing things.I hope this can help you somehow! I could probably write a book on how I survived SAHMom-dom all these years, but Y/A doesn’t offer enough space for that… ;)Best of luck!
How can i help my 2 year old daughter cope with her broken leg.
My 2 yr old daughter broke her leg today. She’s already gettin antsy being not able to walk. What are some things we can do to help her not be so bored. Whats the best way to give her a bath? Honestly what can i do to make this as easy as possible? I’ve never broken anything and have never dealt with this…
Yikes. My heart goes out to you and your daughter- that’s rough! She’s too little to really understand why she can’t be mobile.Distraction is going to be a priority. You’re going to have to get creative and be able to move from activity to activity at her pace. As you know, 2 year olds don’t have very long attention spans! Though I’m not much for TV, I’d be tempted to break out the favorite videos more often than normal. Art is a pretty still activity, even for toddlers. Color Wonder is awesome, because it won’t get on anything (even the finger paints.) Does she put everything in her mouth or is she good about that? Some 2 year olds can do well with Play-Doh. Gluing stuff is fun (glue stick, big pompoms, paper scraps, etc.)Messy play- drape her cast with a towel to protect it. Protect the floor (I’m guessing a table would be hard, she probably can’t sit well in a highchair or booster seat right now) with tin foil, wax paper, or an old vinyl table cloth (works best.) If she doesn’t put stuff in her mouth, squirt shaving cream in front of her and let her have fun with it. If she does put stuff in her mouth, make “paint” out of pudding or yogurt, or use whipped cream. This is a sensory activity that lets toddlers explore how things feel.Story time might be good. Read books, let her “read” to you. Music time- does she have toy musical instruments? Sing songs.Do you have a wagon? Can she sit comfortably in it with the cast? Maybe a walk with the wagon, just to get out of the house.For bathing, you may need to stick to sponge baths right now. Wipe her down every night. Hair washing may need to be done creatively- leaning over the tub, maybe.Talk to her doctor and ask if any activity will be okay at any point. I wouldn’t be surprised if she needs to be pretty immobile for the first week or two but might then be able to bear some weight. If that’s the case, she will probably figure out on her own how to move around in a way that’s comfortable enough for her.I wish you the best!
Any Advice for New Mothers to be.
How do you take care of a new born baby? This would be my first child so i don’t really know a lot. Do you know of any good websites that i can have a look at? Any advice would be great. Thanks in advance.
Taken from various websites:When baby naps…mommy naps. Dishes, vacuuming, laundry can all be done when baby is awake. For at least the first few months, mommy needs her rest too.Never let the baby sleep in the bed with the parents because you can smother them.Please don’t smoke in the same room with baby because it can cause the baby breathing problems/asthma.Keep a baby journal. Write down each new thing you baby does, and your thoughts about the baby each day. (that is something I wish I had done, its more personal than a baby book)Use a red washcloth for boo-boos. A kid will cry less if they can’t see the blood you’re washing off.http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?…Rock-a-bye Baby: The best piece of advice I received, was how to get a new baby to go to sleep. It works like a charm. When you put your baby to bed, put a light cloth over his eyes (not the nose) and the cloth will work to eliminate visual stimulation. Most of the time, this is what prevents new babies from falling asleep. Once you baby falls asleep, remove the cloth. Works every time.http://parenting.kaboose.com/age-and-sta…Take breaks from taking care of the baby as and when you can. When you do so, don’t feel guilty, as it is necessary for your mental and physical well being.Have your meals regularly.Make sure you include fresh fruits and green vegetables in your meals.Use pre-prepared foods to reduce time and energy spent on cooking.If friends and family are willing to take over some of your chores, allow them to do so.Your night’s sleep will be disturbed in the initial days. So learn to sleep whenever your baby sleeps.If there is a local support group for new mothers, it would be a good idea to join it or at least attend a few meetings.http://www.qtpiebaby.com/advice.aspEstablish a routine. Your baby needs to be able to count on certain activities occurring around the same time each day. Feeding, naps, fun and affection should be a part of every schedule.Nobody can teach you how to be a parent. You will learn on the job. Trust your instincts. Nobody knows your baby better than you.
Am I missing anything for my baby list. Or do need more of anything, if so, how much.
Please just answer my question, nothing else please.Bath (1), Activity Gym (1), Tubside Kneeler (1), Spout Cover (1), Outlet Plugs (12), Toilet Lock (2) (we have two toilets), Bath Thermometer (1), Shampoo Rinse Cup (1), Baby Oil (1) (6.5 oz.), Lotion (27 oz), Shampoo (20 Oz.), Hooded Towels (3), Washcloths…
Lovely that you care enough to make sure your baby will be well looked after. You will need a few more rompers – note that they grow very very quickly so get a few through the sizes (from 000 – 0) and don’t spend a lot on them as they will be quickly soiled – DONT buy white! It just gets ruined too quickly. I wouldn’t put wooden letters above cot, put them somewhere where they won’t possibly fall on her head. You will go through wipes like you won’t believe, you know you have a toddler when you start to use more of them for their face and hands than their bottom! I would suggest using BabyLove nappies, or if you are enviro conscious – use ImseVimse reusable nappies which are excellent. Also, by the time they are 9m + you will start to find nappy changing really gets tough so consider getting some nappy pants – easier to put on when she is older (wait though, you will need to get her size right). Apart from that, a stroller is great for i year +. Best of luck.
How to deal with passive aggressive boss.
I work at a childcare center with toddlers, and they could be a handful. Today the kids were playing outside and it was time to wrap things up.The other teacher and I were gathering the children. I called out to one of the kids and he wouldn’t budge. So I kind of yelled his name louder. I also mentioned that…
Age of kids? In our state one teacher can watch seven toddlers over 18 months by herself. Or she can watch six 12-18 month old toddlers by herself. If this is too stressful for you, I would suggest another career field.* Do you have child care training with experience in caregiving for toddlers? I know it is VERY hard to watch six kids while changing the diaper of child number seven. You can offer “quiet time” with books, or you can give the lil ones a table activity while diapers are changed. Sometimes “carpet toys” will entertain them. I’ve seen one teach pull out a laundry basket of “special toys” during diaper time- well, she made a big deal about what was in the mystery basket covered with a funky cloth, and she rotated toys to keep up the mystery. – You can also sing songs with the lil ones too..Former child day care director
how to prepare for baby.
If you could provide a checklist that would be great thanks!
Just something I copied off a website:first trimester:calculate your due dateget a pregnancy countdown ticker so you can keep family and friends update to date with your progresseat healthy, no smoking or drinking or doinginvestigate your maternity leave entitlementssecond & third trimestersbuy some stylish maternity wear & accessories from your local maternity wear stores or onlinetreat yourself to some pregnancy accessoriestry some natural or organic pregnancy productsask your health care provider if they are happy for you to participate in a pregnancy exercise pro-grammeattend a local pregnancy exercise class and/or exercise at homehave a regular pregnancy massage to keep aches and pains at bay (NOT in first trimester)strengthen your pelvic floorbuy a pregnancy pillow and/or other body support and health products specifically designed for pregnancybook yourself into an antenatal & birth preparation classexplore employing the services of a birth attendant or doula or a hypnobirthing specialistread why specialist maternity bras are importantget fitted for a maternity bra or buy specialist nursing wearget your name down at local childcare centres or nanny agencies, particularly if you will be returning to work a few months after the birth and need particular days or full time care. Childcare spots can be very hard to find.find out what your maternity leave entitlements arekeep a pregnancy journalvisit your local nursery stores and local specialist nursery furniture, decor, artwork & bedding stores – but don’t get overwhelmed!check out nursery product stores online, online nursery furniture, decor, artwork & bedding stores and pregnancy and baby online emporiums for yummy things!save money and research nursery items before you buy – read parent reviewsread the nursery furniture safety info before you buyTreat Yourselfget a belly mask designed locally by a professional or try a diy kit at homego on a pregnancy retreat / weekendget a professional pregnancy photopreparing for the birthhave a baby shower!choose baby nameslook at birthing & labour aidsmake sure the nursery is full stocked and ready to goget a baby safety capsule fitted into your carhave a stock of baby clothes availablepack your hospital bagbuy yourself a gorgeous nappy bagcloth or disposable nappies? – check out the optionssave your legs and get your groceries home deliveredstock up the freezer with prepared nutritious family mealsknow where your local child & maternal health clinic is locatedread up on cord blood donation & private storage servicesORGANISER a birth announcement serviceOnce the bay is here:::early days must dosget a baby safety capsule fitted into your car – even for your first trip home from the hospitalannounce the birth!get a new baby ticker so you can keep family and friends update with your baby’s progressget along to your local child & maternal health clinic for health checks, plus social interaction with other new parentshave your nappy bag stocked and ready to goprint out an indispensable list of local helplinesregister your baby’s birth at your local birth registration officeadd your baby to your Medicare cardadd your child to your Private Health Insuranceget a professional family photobuy safety productsattend a specialist first aid course for infant caredeveloping your baby’s potentialbuy toys & educational toys locally or onlineget a good stock of children’s books cds, dvds & videos -visit the Bub Hub activities directory for details of local children’s play, activity, music, drama & craft pro grammes, parks & local activities, playcentres, swim schools and more…check your baby’s progress with online lists of key development stages by ageentertain at home with options from our games to play with babies and toddlers listtravelling, going on holiday or just out and about?get out of the house – there are some fabulous ‘out & about with baby’ products availablevisit our holidays portal for family friendly holiday optionstravelling by plane or other public transport info sheetshire nursery equipment at your destinationname label your gearStuff you will need for a baby:Cribbottlesbreast pumpnappieschange tablecar seatclotheslittle blanketsformula/foodinjection’s.drawersteddiesmedicineand a bunch of other stuff.
Activities for 8 – 15 mo olds.
I have recently started working in the infant room of a daycare center. Most of the infants are under 9 months, but we have an 8 month old a 12 months old and a 15 month old who tend to run over the little ones. The older 2 are especially rembunctious and fussy. Being the only teacher in the room that actually has…
Infants and young toddlers are not my specialty so I’m going to begin by saying visit your local library. Most usually have a parent/teacher section and there are many books available with activity ideas for this age.These are from the book Beginning With BabiesBubbles: Bubbles are slow moving, and babies can follow them with their eyes. This is a great outdoor activity on a breezy day. You can put a towel down on the floor indoors as well.Peek-A-Boo Mirror: Cut a 1 ft square piece of heavy cardboard. Measure the length and width of the mirror. Subtract ½ inch from each measurement. Cut a rectangle the size of this measurement from the center of the cardboard. “Frame” the mirror by securely taping it to the back of the cardboard so the mirrored side shoes though the frame. Cover the back of the mirror and cardboard with contact paper to make sure the mirror stays put. Decorate the frame with stickers or markers, if you choose. Then cut a 1 ft square form the fabric. Using strapping tape, create a flap by attaching the fabric square to the top of the front of the frame, covering the mirror. Now, securely attach the mirror to the wall or divider at the baby’s eye level. Babies enjoy watching their own faces (and yours) appear and disappear. This activity encourages babies to focus their eyes and helps them begin to understand that something can exist even if they cannot see it. Now any type of “Peek a boo” activity will be fun. I have put pictures on construction paper, laminated and added flaps to make peek a book pages. They are always a hit.Acceleration: Prop sturdy cardboard on pillows or books to make a ramp to floor. Vary this activity by using an empty paper-towel tube. Let the wheeled objects roll through the tube onto the floor. Change the level of the ramp to control how fast the object rolls down. This activity helps babies develop their visual tracing and eye-hand coordination. It gives babies firsthand experience with the properties of gravity.Texture Book: Collect 8 fabric pieces, each with a different texture (corduroy, satin, burlap, flannel, terry cloth, wool, polished cotton, silk, lace, etc). Cut each piece into a 6 or 8 inch square. Stack the fabric squares and sew them together on one edge so they look like a book. This activity gives babies a lot of different things they can touch, or have touch them, which helps babies become aware of a variety of textures and learn to distinguish between them.Float and Sink: Place a pan of room-temp water on the floor protected with towels. Place an object that will float in the pan. Push the object under the water and let go so it will pop back above the water. Have the baby try. Talk about what she is seeing and doing. Repeat with objects that sink. Water is very interesting to babies because of the way it feels and moves.Sticky Feet: Cut a 1 food square piece of Con-Tact paper and tape it, stick side up, to a clean floor or a piece of carpet. Masking tape or strapping tape does a good job of holding the contact paper in place. Encourage the children to stand and walk on the sticky surface with out socks. Allow the baby to explore the area on his own. Baby may want to experiment by touching the sticky surface or placing a toy on the surface. If baby is not interested in the sticky surface, leave it in place for awhile and observe how he avoids stepping on it. This increases babies’ awareness of touch sensations. It also helps them to learn what sticky feels like and to distinguish that feeling from others.Hide and Peek Box: While baby is watching, say, “bye-bye, rabbit” then place the toy inside the box and replace the lid. Say, “Where is rabbit?” or ask, “Can you take the rabbit out of the box?” Repeat as many times as the baby seems attentive. To renew interest add a second box. Hide a toy in only one box, adding the element of mystery: “Which box is the toy in. This activity supports the development of the babies’ listening skills. They are developing the ability to hold a mental image of the toy and to understand that the toy, even though out of sight, has not gone away. This is called object permanence.Noisy Sock Ball: Cut cellophane into smaller squares or strips and stuff the toe of a colorful, patterned sock with crumpled pieces until you have a ball shape. Leaving about 1 ½ -2 inches above the ball, cut off the remaining portion of the sock. Securely sew the ball closed using the needle and thread. Babies enjoy dropping and throwing objects. This activity helps babies develop eye-hand coordination and encourage their exploration of the concept of cause and effect. The crinkling sounds adds interest to the ball and the baby will extend her play with it.Jiggle Jug: Clean a milk or juice jug with handle. While baby is watching, drop 6-8 old fashioned wooden clothespins into and shake the jug. Shake the clothespins out and drop them into the jug again. A very young baby will enjoy the jug as a giant rattle. An older baby may attempt to empty the clothespins out and put them back in. The baby will enjoy shaking or kicking the jug. Add some background music and encourage the baby to shake the jug in time to the rhythm. This activity help the baby learn about cause and effect and develop eye-hand coordination.Other ideas:Make a magnet board.Use contact paper sticky side out on the wall and let them stick various textured items on it as well as take them off.”doll” clothespins on a rim of a can. Put on, take off, and drop into a can. Make it more difficult by using the lid and putting a hole a little bigger than the clothespin so they have to push it into the can.Have fun!
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