Category: Toddlers

Painting activity for toddlers

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    Keeping a toddler active and developing their mind is key. However, there are some cases when a parent is going to be at a loss as to what they can do for their toddler. This is when they should use some steps for preparing for a toddler painting activity. By using these steps it will be easy for the parents to get an activity together for the kids and know they are going to have a great time doing the activity, but also learn at the same time.

    1. Prepare the materials that you will need for your toddler to do the painting activity. This is going to include finding paint that they can either use with a brush, if they are older or finger paints. You should also have newspaper or something else to protect the painting area. In addition to the paint, you need to make sure you get some type of medium for the kids to paint on. This is usually going to be paper, but if you want and if the kids are using brushes it may even be pieces of wood that they are painting.

    2. Have water and other cleaning supplies ready in case their is a mess that the toddler creates. Although, any parent knows that a toddler never makes any messes at all.

    3. Put the paints that you have gathered onto something separate like a pallet. By doing this you will still have paint left over after the activity, but if the toddler decides to mix the colors they will not ruin the entire paint set.



    Reading activity for toddlers

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    Getting your young child ready to read doesn’t have to only involve sitting with him and teaching him how to sound out the words.  Your child can also learn through fun activities, games, and crafts, both with you and on his own.  Here is an easy and fun preschooler reading activity that your child can do all by himself or with your help with just a little preparation from you:

    1. Go through any magazines, flyers, or advertisements you have, and cut out any images of colorful objects.  Try to choose objects that start with easy letter/sound combinations (avoid words that start with “ph” or other letters that may look different than they sound to a beginning reader). Be sure to have several objects for each starting letter (several objects that start with “a”, several that start with “b”, etc.).

    2. Take 26 pieces of paper, or pieces of colored construction paper, and write
    a letter on each, both in upper case and lower case (“Aa” on the first, “Bb” on the second, and so on). Write this in the upper left corner so that you leave plenty of space on the rest of the paper for the child to glue the objects.

    3. Give your child some school glue (or, to avoid mess, try a glue stick), and a bowl or envelope full of the cut out images of objects. Spread the letter papers out on a table, in alphabetical order.



    The terrible two’s

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    The “Terrible Twos” is really an unfortunate term. It tends to set parents up to be apprehensive about their two-year-old, and it also may cause parents to worry unnecessarily when “Terrible Twos” behavior manifests when their child is three, four, or five years old.

    Regardless of the age, there are some strategies out there for keeping that kind of behavior – temper tantrums, screaming, etc. – from becoming completely out of control. Here are some tips.



    Facing Toddler Fears

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    Toddlers are notorious for experiencing irrational fears. This can get annoying for parents, who have a hard time getting their toddlers to understand that such fears have no basis. What can you do? Here are some tips that may help.

    Don’t Blow It Off

    It’s easy to be dismissive about your toddler’s fears. After all, you know there’s nothing to be afraid of; it’s tempting to roll your eyes and tell her to forget it. But experts do not recommend this approach, claiming it may make your toddler feel like you don’t care, or that she needs to suppress her fears. It’s important to let your toddler know that communicating her fears and asking for help is a healthy thing to do.

    Don’t Blow It Up Either!

    While taking your toddler’s fears seriously and acknowledging them are important, taking them too seriously may actually make the fear worse.



    Separation anxiety in toddlers

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    Some separation anxiety among toddlers is considered perfectly normal. It tends to come and go, being worse on some days than others, depending on what is going on in the toddler’s life and his or her unfathomable mind.

    Toddlers are still learning about the world, and have not yet learned effective coping mechanisms. Their cognitive development does not allow them to accommodate sophisticated concepts, which makes them prone to what seem to adults like irrational fears. This sort of anxious developmental stage is a normal part of growing up.

    Sometimes, however, separation anxiety can present a real problem and may require some more focused coping mechanisms. Psychologists call separation anxiety that is beyond the usual clinginess Separation Anxiety Disorder (SAD). Here are some signs of normal separation anxiety, as well as some hints as to when it may need therapy or treatment.



    Survive potty training with these Do’s and Dont’s

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    Ah, potty training. Some parents wish they could hire someone to take care of this stage, while others take it in stride. There are some things that might make the process easier, though, regardless of how you anticipate potty training. Here are some tips on what to avoid and how to be successful.

    Do’s:

    1. Go for the elimination of liquid waste first. For little ones, having a bowel movement on the potty is often a much bigger deal than just urinating. So you might try giving them extra liquids on a day when you are going to be hanging around the house, and see about encouraging them to go.

    2. Try using a reward system. Using candy or other food rewards for potty successes is a matter of some debate, so you might want to stick with less controversial reward systems like a sticker chart. Each time your child goes on the potty, let her put a sticker on her chart. You can make a big calendar with the days of the week so she can see how many times she’s used the potty that day or week. Or you may just want to use a chart made up of blank squares.



    Understanding how toddlers communicate

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    What is she trying to say? Why is he crying? What does she need? Most parents of toddlers have asked themselves such questions, often frantically, as they try to figure out how their toddler communicates. How can you tell what they’re trying to say? Here are some tips on understanding toddler language, and how you can improve communication with your toddler.

    Big Feelings

    Toddlers experience some significant emotions as they struggle between their emerging sense of independence and their strong attachment to their parents. Understanding this can help parents know what’s going on in their toddler’s mind. It may help you understand why your toddler clings to you one minute and pushes you away the next.

    If he seems frustrated and angry when you’re dressing him, it might be because he wants to do it himself; but if you leave him alone to do it, he will get frustrated because he can’t! Try to find a balance between helping your toddler and letting him do some things on his own.



    Handling toddler “BIG” feelings

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    There are all kinds of reasons why toddlers experience such big feelings. For one thing, they don’t have the coping mechanisms and life experience to put feelings into perspective – “It’s just a ball” may make sense to a savvy adult, but to a toddler, that ball could mean absolutely everything at that moment!

    For another thing, toddlers are starting to experience a sense of independence. This can be scary for them. Their urges may be strong to do things on their own, but they are afraid to try or feel insecure about going ahead with something. Toddlers feel the need to have Mom and Dad nearby, but they want to explore everything on their own at the same time.

    Yet another reason why toddlers emote on such a grand scale is that they have trouble communicating effectively. They may have needs and wants that they can’t express, and adults’ puzzlement sends them over the edge in frustration.



    Enjoying the toddler years

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    Parents get a lot of warning about the toddler phase as their baby approaches the one-year mark. You may have heard stories about the “terrible twos” or three-year-olds having tantrums in the grocery store, or perhaps you’ve witnessed what looks like an awful struggle between a parent and his or her toddler.

    Like the teen years, the toddler years have a reputation for being difficult. But many believe that it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. In fact, the toddler years can be some of the most joyful, fun, and exciting times in parenting, especially if you take a positive approach. Here are some tips on how you can get past just surviving to actually enjoy some aspects of the toddler years.

    Don’t Dread It

    It may become a self-fulfilling prophecy if you are so sure your baby is going to be a difficult toddler. In other words, you may actually encourage difficult behavior if that is all you expect from the beginning.



    Coping with temper tantrums

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    Toddler temper tantrums are dreaded by parents and caregivers alike. What are you supposed to do when they melt down? How do you handle a tantrum? Can you prevent one from happening? Parents often ask these questions and sometimes they don’t get the answers they need. Here are some tips on handling that lovely aspect of toddlers: the tantrum.

    What Causes Toddlers to Have Tantrums?

    There are all kinds of things that can cause toddler tantrums, and what results in a meltdown in one toddler might not even affect another. Sometimes toddlers have tantrums because they are just tired and/or hungry. Other times they may be frustrated that adults don’t understand their limited language. Still other times toddlers may find themselves conflicted over wanting to be independent and needing Mom and/or Dad near.

    It’s quite individualized, so it pays for a parent to watch his or her toddler’s behavior and look for cues as to underlying causes.

    Stay Calm

    Chances are you’ve heard this one. But how do you stay calm? What is a parent to do when a tantrum begins and you want to have a tantrum yourself? If you are prepared ahead of time, that will help. But tantrums often come out of nowhere.