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Coloring Activity for Toddlers: Do It Now Or Later?

Crayons and colored pencils are a staple in every preschool classroom.

And I’m 99.99% sure that a household with a toddler living in it has these coloring materials, too!

The question is: When should coloring be introduced to children?

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Household Items as Toys Series: Coin Bank for Toddlers’ Fine Motor Development

Who would have thought that shooting coins in a coin bank is a really good activity for toddlers? Continue reading “Household Items as Toys Series: Coin Bank for Toddlers’ Fine Motor Development”

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Household Items as Toys Series: Refrigerator Magnet for Toddlers’ Fine Motor Development

I like things simple and easy. And if I can use something for another purpose, then I’m all for it.

That is why I want to rave about REFRIGERATOR MAGNETS! Continue reading “Household Items as Toys Series: Refrigerator Magnet for Toddlers’ Fine Motor Development”

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Household Items as Toys Series: Kitchen Tongs for Toddlers’ Fine Motor Development

Two weeks ago, my nephew only had his eyes on his lacing toys. And as I’ve explained in a previous post, lacing activity has a lot of benefits to toddlers who are just developing their fine motor muscles.

That is why I was glad that he took a liking to the toy. 🙂

But this week, the lacing toy finally lost its wonder. They are no longer Seb’s favorite toy. (My sister and I already expected this.)

Seb has now moved on to KITCHEN TONGS! Continue reading “Household Items as Toys Series: Kitchen Tongs for Toddlers’ Fine Motor Development”

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CD Octopus: Art and Craft Activity for Toddlers

My sister and I have gotten really good at providing Seb with “NO PREP” activities.

Click here to read more about “no prep” activities.

And my curly-haired nephew isn’t complaining. In fact, he seems to enjoy playing with just regular household items.

But today is a special day. We decided to introduce a simple art and craft activity to Seb for a change.

This activity is great for his creativity and imagination while also strengthening his hand, wrist and finger muscles. Doing this art and craft activity needs a lot of fine motor manipulations so it’s like hitting two birds with one stone! Continue reading “CD Octopus: Art and Craft Activity for Toddlers”

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5 Benefits of Playing with Play Dough: A Simple Activity to Develop Your Child’s Fine Motor Skills and More!

I love playing with play dough.

Yes, I’m already an adult, but I still love playing with it.

And now that I’m a teacher, I love it even more.

In my classroom, there’s always a long line for play dough during free play.

Every kid wants to have a piece of the colorful and moldable dough. And every day, I would see a variety of imaginary stuff made of dough. Continue reading “5 Benefits of Playing with Play Dough: A Simple Activity to Develop Your Child’s Fine Motor Skills and More!”

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5 NO PREP Indoor Activities For Toddlers: Using Only Everyday Household Items

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day. Little Seb wants to play. Rain, rain, go away.

Nope. It didn’t work. Even if I sing this song a thousand times, it’s powerless against Mother Nature.

It has been raining cats and dogs these past two weeks. Or as the weatherman said, “ The country is experiencing heavy rain due to the southwest monsoon.”

The Philippines has now officially entered the rainy season. So it’s expected that our little tike-Seb, would be spending his time mostly indoors. Meaning, we have to be more inventive with the activities that we will make him do.

But let’s be honest, it’s not easy to whip out an exciting activity all the time. Plus, there really are moments when you just want to curl up in bed and enjoy the cold weather, while still being the awesome and responsible parent that you are. (This is possible, promise!)

That is why, I listed below the top 5 no prep indoor activities for your child.

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