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Ten Indoor Activities To Do With Your Toddler

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Ten Indoor Activities To Do With Your Toddler

Is winter driving you stir-crazy? Here are ten activities that can be done indoors with your toddler. They are fun, work on different skills, and best of all require minimal to no set-up.

Have fun!

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The #1 Toy You Should Buy For Your Kids

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The #1 Toy You Should Buy For Your Kids

Blocks. If you were only going to give your child one toy in their life, you would want it to be a set of blocks.

Why?

When your child plays with blocks, they have the ability to tap into every single aspect of their development.

By picking up blocks, dumping out blocks, and working on block placement your child is working on their fine and gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination....

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Breaking Down 1000 Hours of Lap-Time

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Breaking Down 1000 Hours of Lap-Time
According to the National Institute for Children’s Health and Development “It takes 1000 hours of “lap-time” for young children to have the readiness skills in place to learn to read.” 1000 HOURS!? When I first read that quote, it felt so overwhelming and unrealistic. How does a busy person make that happen for their child?

Well, I have some good news! If you break down that quote it is really quite doable. First, let’s define what the National Institute for Children’s Health and Development really means when they specify “lap-time”. The first thing that comes to mind is reading. Reading is obviously a very important activity and is definitely a big part of lap-time. However, it is not the only activity; lap-time is actually any type of interaction between a parent and a child where significant language communication occurs. You don’t have to spend 1000 hours reading to your toddler. You can supplement reading with all kinds of activities...

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14 Questions to Turn Scrambling Eggs Into An Educational Activity

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14 Questions to Turn Scrambling Eggs Into An Educational Activity

Here at TippyCo we love turning everyday events into fun educational activities. You can get so much learning done just by going about your normal routine.  For example, let’s pretend you are in the kitchen with your toddler and you are making a quick dinner of cheesy scrambled eggs. Obviously, you’ve already won THE COOL PARENT AWARD because breakfast for dinner is one of the best things ever….:)

Get your toddler in a safe place to help you and start your way down this list as you cook.  Use these 14 questions as a jumping off point, but be sure to head down whatever seems to spark your kid’s interest. Sometimes they might be into the counting, sometimes they might want to talk to you about living on a farm. Remember this is just a fun and easy guide.

  1. What farm animal lays eggs?
  2. Where do chickens live?
  3. What sounds do chickens make?
  4. What does your child think chickens eat?
  5. What color are the eggs?
  6. How many eggs are in a carton?
  7. Can your tot help count out how many eggs you will need?
  8. What color is the inside of egg?...............

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Kindergarteners

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Kindergarteners

Kindergarten is such a fun time in a kid's life. They have fully transitioned from a toddler into a child and are so eager to learn and be a part of everything. By this time, they are well aware of what the holidays are and that Santa is on his way!

Without further ado, here are some ideas for Santa's helpers. 

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