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. …

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 …

Bathtime surprise

Today’s Magic Moment Pro Tip: Have a plastic bowl handy, too. That way, if your little one is having a hard time grabbing the ice cubes, you can make it easy for him to explore before the cubes all melt. Keep it Safe: Make sure your kiddo keeps the cubes out of his mouth – no choking hazards in the …

Splish splash – everyone in the bath!

Today’s Magic Moment Keep it safe tips I first started taking a bath with my baby because I found it easier to wash and hold him if I was in the tub, too. But it can be pretty tricky getting in and out, especially if you’re solo. Here are some ways to keep it safe: Always check the water temperature …

Guess what it is

Today’s Magic Moment Some of the best games with kids are super simple. I like this activity because it takes stuff you’ve got lying around and gives you a new way to use it to interact with your kiddos. For little ones… If your little one is just getting going on talking, choose objects whose names he can already say. …