Learning language is a two-way street!

Every time you sing her a song, read her a story, or repeat a nursery rhyme, your toddler learns about language. Your child learns by imitating you and by catching your enthusiasm. In their eagerness to teach little ones about language, some parents forget that language goes two ways. Children must hear people use language, but they also need adults to listen and respond to their words. Let your toddler tell you stories, “read” books to you, describe things she has seen, and answer your questions. Help her make songs up; encourage her to rhyme words or make up new words. Listen carefully – and show your child that what she says is important to you.

Paper Plate Bat Craft

We chose to paint our paper plates with black paint, but to make this craft even simpler, you can use black paper plates and cut them for the wings. Paper plate Marker Black Construction Paper Scissors Black Paint Paint Brush Googly Eyes Tape Glue Getting the Paper Plate Bat Ready: To get this craft ready, pre cut the wing shapes from the paper plate. To do this, draw a scalloped line across the paper plate (draw it a bit less than center). Cut out the wing shape. Use it as a guide to cut out the second wing from the other side of the paper plate. Now you have two bat wings. I also cut two teeth from the paper plate scraps. Next, make the bat body shapes using the black construction paper.

A Silly Milly Fall: Halloween and Thanksgiving with a Really Big Dog!

Celebrate two favorite fall holidays with a really big dog! Milly adores Halloween! How many pumpkins will Milly find? What costume will she wear? Does Milly meet a goblin, witch, bat, or ghost? Milly can't wait for Thanksgiving! Will there be turkey legs to roast? What is her favorite side dish? Does Milly like to play football? Milly's fall adventures told from her fur mama's perspective, are recounted in a series of lively limericks that will surely cause some laughter! This vibrant rhymer is perfect for animal lovers! Children, teachers, parents, and grandparents will love reading about a real Great Dane from Texas. Read it at home, in the classroom, or anywhere during the autumn months

Let your child decide how much food to eat

Here is what might be happening: He’s not hungry. Like adults, children have different hunger schedules. Some toddlers wake up starving. Others are not ready to eat until after they’ve been up a while. Children are good at figuring out if they’re hungry and how much they need to eat. Serve nutritious meals and snacks at regular times, but never force a child who’s not hungry to eat something. He’s not hungry today. Don’t expect your child to eat the same amount every day. Some days your child will be very hungry. Other days he will be less hungry. He’s full after just a few bites. Toddlers’ stomachs are small, and can’t hold much food at one time. That’s why snacks are an important part of w

HOW TO MAKE A SWEET POPSICLE STICK PUMPKIN KEEPSAKE

Just in time for fall, learn how to make an adorable popsicle stick pumpkin keepsake with craft sticks, paint, and glue. INGREDIENTS My Little Pumpkin Template Orange and green acrylic paint Paintbrushes Scissors 7 Jumbo craft sticks 2 Standard craft sticks Low-temperature hot glue gun or tacky craft glue Adhesive magnets Green pipe cleaners Double-sided tape or glue stick Wallet-sized photographs INSTRUCTIONS After gathering supplies, print the My Little Pumpkin Template. Next, invite the kids to line up 6 jumbo craft sticks. Glue 2 standard sized craft sticks on top of them. When the glue is dry, paint the front of the pumpkin keepsake orange. Next, paint one jumbo craft stick green. Allow

The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin

This gently spooky twist on “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” makes a favorite nursery rhyme just perfect for Halloween! The itsy bitsy pumpkin rolled down the spooky street. He passed a ghoulish ghost and some stinky goblin’s feet. A little pumpkin is trying to find his way back home! And with a little help from a friendly witch, he is soon safe and sound, back on his porch—where there are no spiders to be seen! Little ones will love

Crying is a Call for Help!

WHEN YOUR BABY CRIES, he is trying to tell you something. You just have to figure out what it is. Here are some things your baby may be trying to tell you. HE MAY BE HUNGRY. Babies may need to eat more often than you expect. If it has been an hour or more since your baby was fed, he may be telling you he’s hungry. HE MAY BE LONELY. If your baby calms down and stays calm as soon as you pick him up, he missed you. Your baby’s need for closeness is very real. You can’t spoil a baby by cuddling him when he needs it. HE MAY HAVE A WET DIAPER. Some babies don’t mind; others do. HE MAY BE SLEEPY. Some babies fuss a bit before sleeping. HE MAY BE IN PAIN. He may be uncomfortable because a pin is pri

Teal Pumpkin Project Painting

Make “teal the new orange” this Halloween season! The Teal Pumpkin Project is a nationwide movement to spread awareness about food allergies and advocate for homes to offer non-food items during neighborhood trick-or-treat celebrations. Help your child learn about the project and paint the color teal on a pumpkin to advertise that your family will offer non-food toys as a treat, or “trinket” option. Great for kids in preschool through third grade and beyond, this Teal Pumpkin Project painting activity is an empathetic act that can help include all trick-or-treaters with allergies this Halloween!

Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete

Join Pete the Cat from New York Times bestselling artist James Dean as he goes trick-or-treating in this lift-the-flaps book! Pete loves Halloween and candy but not so much scary surprises. Follow Pete as he goes trick-or-treating from house to house and discover what is waiting behind each door. With over ten flaps that open to reveal fun spooky surprises, this book is spooktacular!

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