The Best in Bug Books: List of Bug-Themed Children’s Stories 

The Best in Bug Books: List of Bug-Themed Children’s Stories 

Updated: December 9, 2023 Explore my curated collections of bug-themed books for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. As a nature lover working in early childhood education, I’ve explored hundreds of bug-related books, perfect for insect studies, outdoor classrooms, and nurturing a love for tiny creatures. Favorite Ant Books Favorite Bee Books Favorite Butterfly Books Favorite Dragonfly…

Easy Toddler Language Activities (by a Developmental Therapist)

Easy Toddler Language Activities (by a Developmental Therapist)

Updated: October 21, 2023 As an infant/toddler developmental therapist, I understand the crucial role adults play in shaping toddlers’ language development. Early on, we have the power to influence their communication skills in meaningful ways. I’m excited to share my favorite play-based, nurturing language activities that will not only enrich your toddler’s language journey but…

25 Best Tearing Paper Activities: From Ripping to Learning
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25 Best Tearing Paper Activities: From Ripping to Learning

Updated January 27, 2024 Tearing paper may seem destructive, but intentional tearing paper activities are great for young children. Tearing paper has many benefits, which is why I use these activities in my developmental therapy sessions. Let’s explore 25+ learning activities focused on tearing paper! Getting Started Paper is both a loose parts material and…

The Feminist Board Books You’ll Love for Your Baby (and Why)

The Feminist Board Books You’ll Love for Your Baby (and Why)

Updated: October 21, 2023 Instill bravery, kindness, pride, and open-mindedness from the beginning with these incredible feminist board books. These books feature strong protagonists, diverse authors and illustrators, empowering messages, and inclusive representation. Read the guide to feminist board books to learn how to select empowering children’s books for your baby, toddler, or classroom. Feminist…

Water Activities for Babies and Toddlers: Easy & Teacher-Tested
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Water Activities for Babies and Toddlers: Easy & Teacher-Tested

Updated December 23, 2023 Water activities are a wonderful way for babies and toddlers to explore and learn about their world. These sensory-rich experiences support development while fostering creativity and cognitive skills in the early years. Below are some of my favorite tested activities from my time as a toddler teacher. Water Activities #1 Sponge…

Easy, Mess-Free Activities for 2-Year-Olds (By a Teacher)

Easy, Mess-Free Activities for 2-Year-Olds (By a Teacher)

While some caregivers don’t mind messy, sensory play. Others prefer mess-free, low-prep activities. I see you all, so I’m sharing indoor and outdoor activities that include no-mess and low-mess activities for 2-year-olds. For the parents and educators wondering “how to do I entertain a two-year-old,” I am sharing dozens of sensory-rich, play-based learning activities. These activities will keep your…

Greatest Play-Based Learning Activities for 8-Month-Olds

Greatest Play-Based Learning Activities for 8-Month-Olds

Parents and educators often wonder how to play with an 8-month-old baby. These are 18 of my favorite play-based ideas that I use in developmental therapy sessions. Discover interactive and sensory-rich learning experiences to promote babies’ cognitive, language, social, emotional, and physical development skills. Activities by Learning Domain Gross Motor: Lumpy Bumpy Obstacle Course Create…

The Best Outdoor Cognitive Activities for Toddlers

The Best Outdoor Cognitive Activities for Toddlers

Outdoor cognitive activities for toddlers are engaging, sensory-stimulating ways to build essential thinking skills. Here are dozens of outdoor cognitive activities based on the cognitive skills: Types of Outdoor Cognitive Activities: Outdoor play has a significant impact on cognitive development for early learners. Toddlers begin learning about the relationship between themselves and the natural world….