Everybody needs a quick list of inspiration! These are my top five sites for toddler and preschooler activities. I hope these resources can keep you sane and help you develop a deeper relationship with your kids.
All of these bloggers have found creative ways to teach children and provide engaging activities on their websites and blogs! Go ahead and check out each blog to see what you can learn from them.
–Please note that I am not affiliated with any of these websites/blogs or the people who run them. I do not receive any compensation for writing about and recommending them.–
Five Resources for Toddler and Preschooler Activities
Malia wants all children to have the education and resources for bright and amazing futures. As a well-educated mother of two, Malia shares learning activities on The Stem Laboratory.
STEM is an abbreviation for science, technology, engineering and math. Her emphasis in this area strikes a particular cord with me due to my involvement with AWSEM, a STEM club for girls, in middle school.
Remember how I said Malia from The Stem Laboratory was well-educated? She received her Master of Education degree at Stanford University, taught for seven years in the classroom, traveled to Africa as a Fulbright Hays scholar and earned National Board Teaching Certification.
Using her knowledge, she created Playdough to Plato to inspire parents and children. Her preschool activities focus primarily on fine motor skills, math, literacy and science. You’ll find free printables and tons of ideas to educate your child! These sound matching popsicles are a great place to start.
Only issue: your child might figure out what you’re saying when you spell i-c-e-c-r-e-a-m. 😉
Dayna Abraham is the mind behind Lemon Lime Adventures. Her blog is full of tips and advice for teaching and nurturing all children, even those who are particularly challenging. One of her missions is to make sure that no parent ever feels like they are terrible at parenting or alone. By focusing on sensory processing and intense emotions, she helps kids that don’t “fit.”
While I wouldn’t say my children are the most difficult kids on this earth, I will say that my youngest has some communication issues. Having been a little behind developmentally, she has had a difficult time expressing herself and has resorted to tantrums to get what she wants.
Enough of these in a day supplemented with whining from the oldest sometimes results in me having my own whine/tantrum/yelling session. Not proud of it. But posts like, Life-Changing Steps to Reconnect after Yelling at Your Kids, help me improve without feeling the debilitating shame.
If you’re looking for delightful ideas from a mother of four, check out Michelle’s mommy blog: The Mumsy Blog. From parenting tips and reviews on products to traveling and style, Michelle’s mission is to see the beauty in the world.
Her mission resonates deeply with me. I strongly believe it’s possible to find beauty in motherhood’s darkest moments. Never have I grown so much than when I became a mother and began the more than full-time care for the children. I have felt the deepest sorrow and the greatest joy. How is that even possible?
I particularly love this post from Michelle about bedtime routines for kids. What can be sweet moments between you and your children can so easily become the most stress-inducing part of your day! Talk about hard times. My favorite tip from this particular post is dimming the lights instead of just shutting them right off. This is especially true for young kids who are going through so many bedtime stages: crib, no pacifier, toddler bed, potty training, twin bed, etc…
She also includes posts for many toddler and preschooler activities.
This is a fantastic blog by parent and day care provider, Jackie Currie. Her popular blog, Happy Hooligans, is full of ideas for art, crafts and play. Her writing has been featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine, Woman’s Day, Woman’s World, Today’s Parent and Parent Magazine.
Each category of play has literally pages and pages of toddler and preschooler activities. For example, there are four pages with 70+ posts of outdoor activities and play ideas for your kids. It’s getting me so trunky for summer. I can just imagine all the fun things the kids and I will do when it finally warms up outside. Only things to remember is to not overbook myself.
After looking through her website, check out Jackie’s pretend perfume activity. It’s particularly interesting to me since I would spend hours playing this very game in my backyard growing up in Oregon. Just smush some dead ants with dirt, rhododendron flowers, water, dandelions, and a sprinkle of pine needles. Voila! (Don’t worry; Jackie’s activity is much less… gross.)