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Ten Things to Learn Outside

Ten Things to Learn Outside

1. Make a Leaf Collection No matter the season, make a leaf collection. In fact, adding to your collection throughout the year might be the most educational method of all. Start by adding bright green leaves of spring and summer ... - test

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How Video Games Can Benefit Your Child

How Video Games Can Benefit Your Child

To many parents it’s simply dazzling how quickly a child can learn how to operate a computer and video game console. What takes you days or even years to master can be done in a matter of seconds for some ... - test

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Educational Toys

Educational Toys

There is a huge industry chock full of educational toys. Lights, bells, whistles and musical alphabets all compete with each other in an effort to instruct your child and help him learn. The only problem is these teaching tools don’t ... - test

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Television and Your Child

Television and Your Child

Television has a rather sour reputation among parents as being damaging to children, but in truth not everything about television is bad. In fact, even the most common problem with television we heard growing up has turned out to be ... - test

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Outside Time

Outside Time

Babies and older children love to be outside. There is so much to see and do outside of the home, that it is no wonder everyone races for the door when you tell them it’s outside time. If you don’t ... - test

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Exercising with a Fussy Baby

Exercising with a Fussy Baby

Most exercise tips encourage you to leave your baby at a nursery or to throw him in the stroller for a brisk walk. These are well and good for typical babies, but extremely fussy babies often won’t play along with ... - test

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An Enjoyable Playdate

An Enjoyable Playdate

Playdates are a standard in a toddler or preschooler’s life, but getting used to playdates can be a bit rough on mothers who don’t remember anything like this in our own past. A generation ago, children played together all the ... - test

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Ten Free Outings

Ten Free Outings

Being cooped up in the house can be extremely frustrating for both children and their parents. Of course staying inside is extremely cost effective, but you can go out and about without breaking the bank. Looking for something free? There’s ... - test

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10 Fun Toddler and Preschool Gift Creations

10 Fun Toddler and Preschool Gift Creations

Toddlers and preschoolers are extremely loving and enjoy making gifts for those individuals they know and love. This year, encourage your child to make a gift for all of his relatives and neighbors. A homemade craft is a nice gift ... - test

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Video Games for Toddlers?

Video Games for Toddlers?

The manufacturers of video games have invented games marketed to infants and toddlers. While these games are suited to their development level and abilities are they really appropriate for young children to be playing? That depends entirely on how the ... - test

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Toddler Art

Toddler Art

Toddlers love arts and crafts, and parents should be patient and willing to help their child explore the world of art – toddler style. Toddler art is closely supervised and often requires adult supervision and participation to ensure all materials ... - test

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13 Great Toys for Less than Twenty Pounds

13 Great Toys for Less than Twenty Pounds

Toys are expensive and there is nothing more frustrating for parents than watching an expensive toy sit unused on a desk or in a toy box. Instead of spending money on expensive toys, why not take advantage of bargains that ... - test

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The Sandbox

The Sandbox

If there is one toy that defines the out of doors to children, it is a sandbox. Great creations and creative minds have spent hours in a sandbox, and treasures buried one week might be unearthed months later. A sandbox ... - test

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Playing Dress-up

Playing Dress-up

Toddlers and Preschool aged children love to play, and one of the best games to stimulate their creativity and imagination is dress-up. To play dress-up you’ll need a large collection of interesting clothing items along with a healthy dose of ... - test

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The New Family Game Night

The New Family Game Night

There has long been a movement to make at least one night of the week a family game night. This means the family pulls out a board game and plays together. The game night encourages conversation and forces time together ... - test

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Nine Ways to Play Outside

Nine Ways to Play Outside

When you have young children, you often want to take them outside to get fresh air, but lack creativity when you need it the most. Playing with children outside is relatively simple – so long as you have an imagination ... - test

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Favorite Games of Childhood

Favorite Games of Childhood

It’s funny how quickly a memory can be trigged just by watching our children play. You might be keeping an eye on your children while washing up after dinner only to realize your children are playing a version of the ... - test

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Imaginary Play

Imaginary Play

With so many clever talking and educational toys on the market, it seems as though children must have a room full of brightly colored plastic to develop as fully as possible. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. Education ... - test

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Entertaining Your Child For Less

Entertaining Your Child For Less

Children are expensive, and after a certain point, most of that expense seems to come from toys and entertainment. A simple trip to the toy store will show you that a basic toddler toy is as much as dinner out ... - test

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Backyard Water Games

Backyard Water Games

Warm weather can mean only one thing for young children – water! Toddlers and preschool age children are drawn to water in a profound way. Turn on a hose or sprinkler and your child can amuse himself for hours – ... - test

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Best Developmental Baby Games

Best Developmental Baby Games

The moment your new baby comes home you are ready to play – even if she’s not. For the first few days, if not weeks, your little one will spend most of her time sleeping. That is perfectly normal, but ... - test

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Encourage Active Play

Encourage Active Play

Video games, television and the computer all have their place in a modern household, but unfortunately, your child is likely spending too much time in front of these electronics and not enough time in active play. Active play is the ... - test

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7 Reasons Your Children Should Be Outside Right Now

7 Reasons Your Children Should Be Outside Right Now

When it comes to play, many children begin settling down in front of the television and game systems at a surprisingly early age. Yet even with the draws of the inside, many children are longing to go outside and do ... - test

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5 Easy Ways to Quietly Play with Toddlers

5 Easy Ways to Quietly Play with Toddlers

When you have a toddler, it can be exhausting to be on their energy level all the time. They run, they jump, they climb, they explore and you just want to sit down for a bit and rest. Encouraging your ... - test

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10 Ways to Enjoy Music

10 Ways to Enjoy Music

Children of all ages enjoy music, and babies, toddlers and preschoolers especially can benefit from music in your household and in their lives as often as possible. If you’re looking for ways to incorporate more music into your day, look ... - test

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Ten Kid-Friendly Search Engines

Ten Kid-Friendly Search Engines

If you want your children to be safe when working online for homework and other projects, the best way to keep them away form the nastier side of the internet is to avoid the search engines that provide this information. ... - test

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10 Rainy Day Craft Ideas

10 Rainy Day Craft Ideas

It’s raining outside and you need a good distraction for your child that will keep her away from the television and out of your hair. Crafts are a great way for your child to develop her artistic talents while keeping ... - test

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A Parent’s Primer for Social Websites

A Parent’s Primer for Social Websites

Perhaps you’ve heard of MySpace and know that the site is terribly dangerous for children. The “terribly dangerous” might be true if your child is acting dangerously, but the majority of websites on the internet are perfectly safe, so long ... - test

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Ten Tips for Sleepovers

Ten Tips for Sleepovers

When your child is old enough, she’ll feel the need to cement her friendships by having all of her little friends sleep-over. Of course, if you’re lucky that might just be one friend at a time, but in the case ... - test