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Teaching Cleaning Up Skills

Taking care of your things and learning how to clean up after yourself is a skill that children typically can do themselves around the ages of 3 or 4. Here are some tips for supporting your child as they learn and practice this new skill. Getting started Throughout the day, toddlers love getting out all ...

Prepping for Preschool

    Fall is approaching and with that comes time for preschool. When looking for a preschool for your child, look for one that fits within your family structure. There are several aspects to consider when choosing a preschool. Here are some helpful hints for picking the perfect preschool for your child. Consider the cost. ...

Nature Crafts Ideas

As parents, we can sometimes feel pressured into keeping our children busy and entertained during the long summer days. But summer is the perfect time to slow down and  enjoy the natural beauty of our area. Nature crafts are a fun way to get outdoors, and spend time with your child. For all of these ...

Creativity Is All Around You

There are all sorts of ways to encourage your child to express their creativity. Performance arts, such as dance, acting, or playing an instrument all begin with your baby moving to music or rhythm, or your toddler's first games of make-believe. Visual arts like coloring, painting, drawing, using markers or different types of paints start ...

Summer-Themed Crafts for Toddlers

There's so much to love about summer: warm, sunny days; flowers; berry picking; picnics in the park. To add to the fun, here are some summertime crafts to try with your toddler. Puffy Paint Ice Cream Cones Materials: Two or three different colored paints Liquid" school" glue (washable) Shaving cream White cardstock paper Marker Paintbrush ...

Fun With Water

Now that summer is in full effect, it's time to go outside and play with water! There are so many benefits for playing with and in water, including exercising your child's gross and fine motor skills.  Here are some examples of simple, low-cost ways to have fun with water. Rock Painting Kids love finding rocks, ...

Summer Reading Recommendations

Handpicked by the children's librarians at Eugene Public Library, here are their summer book recommendations! A Beach Tail, written by Karen Lynn Williams, illustrated by Floyd Cooper. When his father tells him not to leave the lion he is drawing on the beach, a little boy starts making a very, very long tail--and a trail to follow back. Ice Cream and ...

Have Fun This Summer With Your Toddler

Summer is a great time to get outside, experience new things, and try something out of the ordinary with your child. The longer days provide us with the opportunity to spend more time outdoors, and there are endless places to explore in our area.  If you're looking for some fresh ideas to get you and ...

Making Shopping Trips More Fun and Manageable

Remember the days of care-free shopping trips, or easily squeezing in a few errands during lunch break? Well, if you're a parent, those days probably seem long behind you. Shopping can be fun with toddlers in tow, but it can also be challenging. There are yummy foods to grab at, things to touch, and toys to play ...

Water Play STEAM Activities

  Summer is great for using your outside space or park to get your kids outside exploring and trying new things. Water play is fun, messy, and full of opportunities to incorporate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) into your play time. Here are some of my favorite water play ideas. Color Mixing Color ...

Tips To Keep Your Child’s Skin Protected

The sun is finally coming out to stay for the summer and with that comes the possibility of sunburns for big kids and even for infants. While we are excited for summer, it is important to keep in mind that there are some aspects of sun exposure that can be unsafe for our skin. Let's ...

Ready For the Open Road

Summer weather beckons us to the open road. Of course, traveling with little ones is no walk in the park. It's not always easy to travel long distances with children in tow, but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying summer adventures. With some preparation and planning, your family can have many fun adventures ahead. Boredom ...
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