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Reading activities for preschoolers

Got an emerging reader on your hands? There are many easy ways to encourage your little one to love the printed page. © Image: Hero Images

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Preschoolers Spotlight10

Planning the Perfect Easter for Your Preschooler

Thursday April 17, 2014

Can it really be Easter already? I feel like just yesterday I was putting away the Christmas decorations! I love Easter but it is definitely one of those holidays that sneaks up on me. There is a lot to do to prepare for it, something I seem to forget every year.

Easter is especially fun if you have a young child in your life. One of my favorite things to do is to plan out what exactly I'm going to put in the Easter baskets. Sometimes I work around a theme, like reading or arts and crafts, other times I just add in a little bit of everything. I also enjoy planning out an Easter egg hunt. We tend to keep it small in our house, but I do get a kick out of varying it every year. Last year we turned it into a scavenger hunt, this year I think we'll go with something a little bit trickier -- like putting letters on each egg and asking the kids to find their names and other words.

When my now 13-year-old son was a preschooler, one of the highlights of his Easter season was meeting with the Easter Bunny. My daughter, not so much. She would cry and scream and generally protest being handed over to this large white furry creature with big eyes and a dopey-looking smile (OK, maybe she was right to be freaked out). But a photo with the Easter Bunny is cute -- and something I really wanted! Good thing there are ways you can help your little one relax and enjoy the experience!

Take our poll: Is your child scared of the Easter bunny?

Images: Amanda Rock

Save the Chocolate Bunny!

Wednesday April 16, 2014

What do you put in your child's Easter basket? Ever consider giving your little one toys instead of candy? While I try to do a mix of both, I do spend the days (weeks!) after Easter lamenting all the candy that the Easter Bunny left in my kiddies' baskets. This year there is even more incentive thanks to Mattel and Toys R Us, who have partnered up in a new, "important" Easter campaign.

Save the Chocolate Bunny is an all-in-good fun initiative that works to preserve the delicious chocolate treat that appears in baskets worldwide. And with free coupons good for up to $25 in savings on a variety of Mattel brands such as Barbie, Hot Wheels, Monster High, Fisher-Price and Thomas & Friends, it's a great deal for moms and dads too. To launch the campaign, celebrities including Hayden Panettiere, David Schwimmer, Scott Foley, and Melissa Joan Hart filmed a Easter anthem, "The New Easter Way" sporting their bunny ears to "help."

What do you put in your preschooler's Easter Basket?


Getting Ready for Easter!

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Coloring Easter eggs is a fun family activity.Are you ready for Easter? I thought I was, and then I remembered I needed to come up with a semi-light, very easy idea for breakfast Easter morning. We are going out for brunch, but not until 12:30, so we'll need something to go along with our hard-boiled eggs (of course!) and fresh fruit that are our Easter morning staples. I decided on Sausage Bread, something I can make the night before and heat up in the morning, plus I know all my kids will love it.

With that decision out of the way, now I can focus on the fun stuff, like decorating eggs, planning an Easter egg hunt for my kids and filling their Easter baskets (or at least giving the Easter Bunny some ideas). We are thinking about incorporating some eco-friendly ideas into our Easter celebration this year too, like using homemade dyes for our eggs.

The most important part of the weekend for me will be to enjoy it. I think this will be the first Easter that my preschooler actually understands what is going on (we've been reading lots of books to prepare him) and I'm really looking forward to seeing his reaction and sharing in his joy.

Are you looking forward to Easter? Is all of your preparing done?

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Image: Amanda Rock

Teaching Preschoolers How to Tie Shoes

Sunday April 6, 2014

Does your preschooler know how to tie shoes? Mr. S. doesn't know how to yet, although I am thinking about teaching him. We recently bought him new sneakers that have laces and he's shown an interest in trying to tie them.

Tying shoes can be a tricky task to master, but there are ways to help little ones learn (you probably want to start around age five). The key is to be patient.

Teach Your Child to Tie Shoes

Does your preschooler know how to tie her shoes? What method did you use?

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