What animal am I?

Today’s Magic Moment A little preschool friend of mine was so excited to share this game with me last week. Her school bus got stuck in traffic, so a savvy bus monitor played this game with the kiddos. It’s a great activity for when you’re on the go, but perhaps not getting there as fast as your preschooler would like. …

What *does* the fox say?

Today’s Magic Moment My daughter loves this game – she always wants to be a puppy (barking = cute, licking less so). More than even the animal sounds, I love the make believe part of it. That imagination and creativity is great to stoke at every age. Step it up Have each of you choose your own animal to act …

With a baa and a moo and a cock-a-doodle doo….

Today’s Magic Moment Want more? You can’t go wrong with “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.” Need a refresher on lyrics? Want sillier? Make a movement to go with each song. The dog’s wagging tail, the elephants big trunk. Baby will definitely be entertained.

Reading in 3D

Today’s Magic Moment If 2D reading is about reading what’s on the page, 3D reading is all about making the book come alive. Here’s how to bring books to life: Great questions to make every book more fun: Why do you think he did that? What do you think is going to happen next? How do you think she’s feeling …

Reading on the move

Today’s Magic Moment Want more? Pause to let kids complete song lyrics and rhymes. Once they know the pattern, make a “mistake” and let them catch you. To build their attention span, read them books on dinosaurs, pets, vehicles, or whatever else they really love. Board books vs. bored books Even the best books can start to get old on …

Be a reading detective

Today’s Magic Moment Want more? Picking up small things—peas, cheerios or even their toes—build the fine motor skills babies need to turn the pages of board books. Repetition is great. Don’t be afraid to sing or read the same books every day. Board books vs. bored books Even the best books can start to get old on the 50th go-round. …

You Can Magically Revive Dry Baby Wipes

The big idea: Dry wipes can be revived! Here’s a tip that may be obvious–but it wasn’t to me. I used to get frustrated when someone left the babywipes open and the wipes all dried out. I’d walk the package over to the trash, shaking my head sadly at the waste of money and trees. Then one day, a friend …

Why I Stopped Blaming My Kids When Things Go Wrong

The Big Idea: Instead of finding fault, focus on finding solutions. This simple shift can make a big difference in family happiness. A few years ago, I read a blog post urging parents to “commit to blame-free household.” I hadn’t thought much about blame. But that simple phrase struck a chord. The more I thought about it, the more I …

Color me blue

For some reason, my kids absolutely LOVE this one. You will, too, if you plan ahead and lay some newspaper or old towels down on the floor first. Today’s Magic Moment Name it: In addition to beingbe super fun (and messy) – this activity is a great way to teach your kid about her body. Teach the names of lesser-known …