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Preschoolers: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
10 Types of Play Important to Your Child's...
Play isn't about your preschooler having fun. It's an important part of early childhood development that often sets the tone for how your child learns and socializes in the future. Learn all about the different types of play and when you will start to see your child do them.
What Happens at a Kindergarten Screening?
Wondering what happens at a kindergarten screening? Read our guide.
Preschool Science Activities
Want to help your little one learn how the world works? Try some of these preschool science activities.
ABCmouse.com: Children's Learning Website Review
A review of ABCmouse.com, an educational website for preschoolers.
Cars 2 Characters
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2.
Parenting a 3-Year-Old
Your 3-year-old is learning and growing every day right before your eyes! Here's what to expect.
50 Fun Things to Do Outside with Kids
Got a beautiful day and don't know how to fill it? Check out this list of 50 fun things to do outside with your family!
A Hidden, Serious Danger for Kids: Laundry...
Laundry detergent packets are convenient, but they can also be a danger to children. Tips from the ACI on how to use and store them.
5 Things Your Child Can (and Should!) Bring to...
Chances are your preschooler's teacher will supply a list, but here's some preschool supplies you may want to put in your child's backpack the first day of school.
When Is It Time to Switch from a Car Seat to a...
Switching your child from a car seat to a booster seat? Make sure you know the guidelines first.
3 Easy Recipes for Homemade Bubble Solution
Homemade bubbles are easy to make, inexpensive and most of all -- lots of fun to play with! Check out our ideas for different types -- including colored bubbles! Plus, ten ideas for homemade bubble wands!
9 Great Starting Preschool Books
If your child is starting preschool this fall, check out some of these starting preschool books to help them get a feel for what it will be like.
What You Can Do About "The Bossy Phase"
If you find yourself living with a bossy child, it's likely you are raising a preschooler. While common, it's still annoying. How to handle with it.
My Little Pony Coloring Pages
A free My Little Pony Rainbow Dash coloring page for you to print for your preschooler. The page is courtesy of The Hub network, which airs My Little Pony Friendship is Magic.
How to Increase Vitamin D in Your Preschooler's...
The American Academy of Pediatrics is doubling the amount of vitamin D as previously recommended for all children. Here's how to make sure your preschooler gets enough.
Preschoolers Love These Characters on Jake and...
Don't know your Hook from your Cubby? Learn more about who's who with this list of characters from Jake and the Never Land Pirates on Disney Junior.
Kraft Recalls Mac and Cheese Due to Metal...
Time to check your pantry. Kraft is voluntarily recalling 6.5 million boxes of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because some boxes may contain pieces of metal.
Teaching Days of the Week
Wondering how to teach the days of the week? With these songs, games and activities, your preschooler will know his Monday from his Friday in no time!
Let the Music Play! Make a Paper Guitar Craft...
Looking for an easy, creative craft to make with your preschooler? This paper guitar craft uses just paper, yarn, cardboard, and glue!
How to Manage Separation Anxiety
Even the most well-adjusted, outgoing children experience preschool separation anxiety. Here's how to cope.
Do You Know These Popular Characters from Dora...
Over the past ten years, Dora the Explorer has made a lot of friends. Here is a visual guide to some of the most popular.
Cheese Quesadillas
A kids snack that packs a nutritional punch. Whether you serve them plain or mix them up, this never-fail favorite can even be served up as a meal.
What You Need to Know About the USDA MyPlate
Say goodbye to the food pyramid and hello to the food plate. The new MyPlate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture was designed to help people make better food choices. Here's how to use it to best feed your little one.
Homemade "Jake the Never Land Pirates"...
Has your preschooler decided on a Halloween costume? If her favorite character comes from the popular
8 Awesome Backyard Swing Sets for Kids
Looking for fun in your own backyard? Consider buying your preschooler one of these swing sets.
Is Your Child Ready for Preschool? 7 Things to...
For many kids, preschool is the first step to becoming a big kid. But how do you know when your child is ready to start? Age is a good factor, but there are many other contributing issues to consider.
Who Are the Disney Princesses?
Learn more about the Disney Princesses -- Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Aurora, Snow White, Ariel, Pocahontas, Jasmine, Fa Mulan, Tiana, Medida and Rapunzel!
5 Things Your Child Should Know Before Starting...
What should your child know before starting school? Preparing your child for preschool isn't a complicated task, but there are some things he'll need to know before he begins his academic journey.
Teaching Months of the Year
Wondering how to teach the months of the year? With these songs, games and activities, your preschooler will know his January from his December in no time!
Parenting an Oppositional Child
Tired of hearing the word. Parenting Preschoolers.
The Best Ball Games to Improve Your Child's...
When you are the parent to a preschooler, having fun is something you'll do every day. But what if you could have fun and help your child develop important motor skills? These ball games for preschoolers will do just that!
9 Fun-Filled Kids Playhouses
Nine of the top playhouses for preschoolers and toddlers, by Little Tikes, Step 2 and others, with links to compare prices.
25 Games and Activities to Play in the Rain
Don't let a little water dampen your fun! These games and activities that you play in the rain will liven up any wet weather!
8 Fun Music Activities for Preschoolers
Preschool music activities that make playing with your preschooler more fun than usual.
Head Start
Introduced in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson, Head Start is a federally-funded program targeting children ages 3-5 and providing a variety of services.
Curriculum (Preschool Curriculum)
A definition of the term curriculum and how it relates to preschool.
Everything You Should Ask During a Preschool...
Preschool interviews allow the teachers and staff to get to know your child a little better, but they are also a prime opportunity for you to ask some questions of your own. Here are a list of questions to ask when you go on your preschool interview.
Learning to Get Dressed
At what age can a child dress themselves? Usually during the preschool years. Here's how to help your little one as she is learning to get dressed.
Helping Your Child Have a Great First Day of...
The first day of preschool has arrived and it's time for your child to begin an educational journey that will last nearly two decades. How can you make this monumental first day a great one?
Transformers Rescue Bots Activity Page
Free Transformers Rescue Bots coloring and activity pages courtesy of The Hub network.
Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2.
No Cook Play Dough Recipe
This no cook play dough recipe can be whipped up in a jiffy -- your preschooler will be playing in no time!
Traditional Homemade Play Dough Recipe
This authentic (straight from a preschool teacher!) recipe for homemade play dough will last for months and make for some inexpensive fun with your preschooler.
Fun Facts About Dora the Explorer
Dora the Explorer debuted on Nickelodeon on August 14, 2000 and children's television (and pop culture) haven't been the same since. Fourteen fun facts to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Dora the Explorer.
How to Stop Temper Tantrums
Common for the preschool set, temper tantrums are something all parents dread. Here's how to stop temper tantrums and learn to keep your cool when your child is losing control.
The Importance of Dress Up Play
Dress up play isn't just fun for preschoolers, it's an important activity that offers them a chance to use their imaginations, build vocabulary skills and gain confidence.
What are Fine Motor Skills and Why Are They...
Learn more about fine motor skills and why they are important to your preschooler.
5 Ways to Encourage Your Shy Child
How to encourage a shy child to participate and learn to relax and enjoy themselves.
How Old is Too Old for Family Nudity?
A reader asks if it family nudity is OK in front of her preschool son.
Preschool Soccer -- Tips for Coaches and Parents
Volunteered to coach preschool soccer? Here's a basic primer of what to do and expect to introduce your preschooler to the world of kids sports.
11 Top Tips for Throwing a Preschool Birthday...
A birthday is a big deal -- especially for your little one. And if you decide to throw a party, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed at all the options available and all the planning you need to do. Here are some time-tested, kid-approved tips for making your bash a memorable, stress-free affair.
7 Ways to Build a Child's Vocabulary
Before a child can learn to read, they need to have a good understanding of basic words and what they mean. There are very easy ways that you can build a preschooler's vocabulary and introduce early reading concepts. Here are some vocabulary-building activities that will help you teach your child new words.
10 Toys to Help Preschoolers Develop Fine Motor...
These toys will help your little one develop his fine motor skills while having fun.
Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 2.
Teach Your Child to Pump a Swing
Got a preschooler who is told old for the baby swing? Sure you can give her a push, but she can also learn to pump herself. Here's how to teach her.
Meet New Disney Princess, 'Sofia the First'
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Sandwiches
Looking for a healthy kids lunch or kids snack recipe? The once-humble sandwich has gotten a makeover!
Grem (voice of Joe Mantegna)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 31.
Minnie Mouse Coloring Pages - Mickey Mouse...
Free Minnie Mouse coloring page featuring Mickey Mouse Clubhouse friends courtesy of Disney.
How To Prevent Bedwetting
Bedwetting is very common in preschool-aged children. Here's how to help them keep their nights dry.
Kids Snacks Your Preschooler Will Love
Whether you are looking for an after-school treat or something to tide your little one over until dinner, these kids snacks taste good and are good for you.
The Importance of "Sight Words" for Your...
A list of preschool sight words, as well as strategies to help you teach them to your beginning reader.
Scaffolding
A definition of scaffolding as it pertains to early education.
8 Indoor Games Preschoolers Love
When the weather outside is frightful, but you've got an active preschooler, try one of these indoor games to keep them happy and busy.
Carla Veloso
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 24.
How to Help Your Child's Teacher Get A Grant...
A classroom pet can be a valuable teaching tool. With the Pets in the Classroom program, teachers can apply for grants to purchase pets for the class.
Fillmore (voice of Lloyd Sherr)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 6.
Redirection
A definition of redirection, a positive discipline technique.
Sally (voice of Bonnie Hunt)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 3.
Jeff Gorvette (voice of Jeff Gordon)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 25.
4 Learning Activities to Prepare for Kindergarten
Learning activities to aid in your little one's kindergarten preparation.
Summer Activities for Preschoolers
From catching bugs to running through the sprinklers, the many summer activities for preschoolers that are conducive to warm weather are also great for building important skills in your child like hand-eye coordination and gross and fine motor skills. Here's a to-do list of fun for you and and your child to work on together.
Back-to-School Supplies for Preschoolers
From backpacks to crayons, top supplies to help your preschooler start the school year off right.
Toy Subscription Services
Do your child's toys need a makeover? Consider toy subscription services which deliver either new or new-to-you toys and crafts to your door every month. A review of some of the options.
Guido (voice of Guido Quaroni)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 5.
Shu Todoroki
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 23.
20 Activities to Help Preschoolers Develop...
Gross motor preschool activities to help your little one develop these important skills.
Who Are the Most Popular Super Why! Characters?
Want to get your preschooler on the path to becoming a "super reader?" Try having her watch Super Why!
Rip Clutchgoneski
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 29.
All About Your 4-Year Old
Congratulations, you are the parent to a four-year-old! Four year olds live life to the fullest, making
Transitioning to Kindergarten
Kindergarten transition is a major step for all preschoolers (and their parents!). How to handle this important developmental milestone.
Popular Characters from Bubble Guppies
All the details on your preschooler's favorite characters from the Nick Jr. show Bubble Guppies.
Francesco Bernoulli (voice of John Turturro)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 18.
Step Outside the Toybox: Gifts for Kids
Toys are great for preschoolers, but they aren't the only thing to give them. Here we list some top non-toy gifts for kids.
Luigi (voice of Tony Shalhoub)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 4.
Sarge (voice of Paul Dooley)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 7.
Are Kids' Sports Good for Preschoolers?
Is a preschooler too young to enroll in a kids' sports program? Which organized sports are good for little kids?
Miles Axlerod (voice of Eddie Izzard)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 17.
Miguel Camino
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 21.
Rod “Torque” Redline (voice of...
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 16.
Raoul ÇaRoule
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 22.
Free My Little Pony Activity Sheets
One of the more popular shows on The Hub Network, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is an cartoon series
Lewis Hamilton (voice of Lewis Hamilton)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 19.
Professor Z (voice of Thomas Kretschmann)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 30.
Help! My Child Won't Poop on the Potty
A reader writes in wondering how to help her otherwise potty trained three-year-old son who will not poop on the potty.
Darrell Cartrip (voice of Darrell Waltrip)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 26.
Nigel Gearsley
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 28.
Word Play Tip #7 -- Expanding Your Child's...
The fat cat sat on the mat. The white kite flew at night. How many rhyming words can your preschooler come up with?
What are Gross Motor Skills and Why are They...
Learn more about gross motor skills and why they are important to your preschooler.
Mack (voice of John Ratzenberger)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 8.
Max Schnell
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 20.
Preschool Toys for Outdoor Play
Playing outside is a highlight of childhood. Encourage outdoor play with these fun outdoor toys for preschoolers.
New Nickelodeon Show Shimmer and Shine Debuts...
Learn more about the new animated show on Nickelodeon, Shimmer and Shine. With a social-emotional curriculum, it teaches preschoolers about teamwork.
Holley Shiftwell (voice of Emily Mortimer)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 14.
Prince Wheeliam
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 44.
Top Preschool Math Activities
Help your preschooler build her math skills early with these fun and educational preschool math activities.
Teaching a Preschooler to Stop Hitting
Advice on how to get your preschooler to stop hitting and learn to express his emotions in other ways.
Inexpensive Birthday Gift Ideas for Preschoolers
Once your child enters preschool and starts to make new friends, parents can expect one thing: birthday party invitations. A fun aspect to childhood, parties can put a cramp in a household budget. But a present doesn't have to break the bank. Here are some top ideas for inexpensive birthday gifts.
Finn McMissile (voice of Michael Caine)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 13.
Cars 2 Toys
Disney/Pixar's Cars 2 hits big screens June 24 and with it, comes a slate of toys. Here are the top Cars 2 toys that you are likely to see on shelves (and wish lists).
How to Have a Great First Day of Preschool
From setting the tone the night before to making sure you have the right supplies, here's how to help your child have a great first day of school.
Chauncy Fares
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 42.
How to Set Up a Reward System for Children
Want to encourage good behavior from your preschooler? Consider setting up a reward system.
Songs About the Four Seasons for Preschoolers
To help teach your preschooler about winter, spring, summer, and fall, try singing some of these songs about the seasons together.
Bird Feeders for Kids to Make
Need an easy and fun craft? Try one of these bird feeders for kids to make.
How to Potty Train a Boy
A reader wonders how to potty train her toddler boy -- most specifically, how can she teach her son to pee standing up?
Flo (voice of Jenifer Lewis)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 10.
Yes, it Can Happen: How to Stop a Preschool Bully
Kids, even small, cute ones, can be mean. Here are tips to help your child if he or she is being targeted by a preschool bully.
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Uncle Topolino (voice of Franco Nero)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 33.
David Hobbscap (voice of David Hobbs)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 27.
Siddeley (voice of Jason Isaacs)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 15.
Help Your Child Get Ready To Transition to...
Transitioning to preschool is a big step for both kids and parents. How to help the process go smoothly.
Sight Words
A definition and examples of sight words for preschoolers.
Why Kids Tease and How to Help Your Child...
Unfortunately, kids who tease are a fact of life, even at a young age. Here's how to help your preschooler cope.
Should You Buy the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer...
Tablets for kids? A popular option (rather than handing over your own pricey device) is the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Tablet. Read our review.
Ramone (voice of Cheech Marin)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 9.
How To Teach Your Preschooler to Share
Teaching a preschooler to share their most valuable possessions -- whether a coveted fire truck or favorite doll -- is a tough challenge for many parents. It doesn't have to be an uphill battle though. Here are some tips and ideas to help instill sharing and cooperation in your young child.
Fun Ways to Get Healthy and Stay Fit For...
Sure your little one is busy, but is she active enough? Try some of these fun activities and learn why structured physical activity for preschoolers is so important.
What Your Child Shouldn't Bring to Preschool
There are so many items your child will need to bring to preschool with them, but there are also some things he should leave at home. Here's a basic guide.
How to Help Your Child Sleep Better
Child sleep problems can keep everyone awake at night. Here are some solutions.
Picky Eater? No Problem!
Tired of dealing with picky eaters? Check out these practical tips that will help you say goodbye to mealtime battles with your preschooler.
20 Activities to Develop Your Preschooler's...
Fine motor preschool activities to help your little one develop these important skills.
Acer (voice of Peter Jacobson)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 32.
Sgt. Highgear
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 43.
Start and Find a Preschool Playgroup
Being part a preschool playgroup can help your child develop social skills as she learns to play with other children outside of home or school.
Help Your Child Learn How to Use the Toilet for...
Is your child having some potty training problems? Check out our potty training secrets that will help your child learn how to use the toilet and restore your sanity!
Easy-to-Make Homemade Musical Instruments for...
Homemade musical instruments aren't just fun to play with, they are fun to make too! Check out these ideas.
Sheriff (voice of Michael Wallis)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 11.
Popular Characters from Peppa Pig
All the details on your preschooler's favorite characters from the Nick Jr show Peppa Pig.
What do I do About Potty Training Accidents?
A reader writes in with a question about potty training accidents. What is the best way to deal with them?
Free Summer Activities for Kids
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Lizzie (voice of Katherine Helmond)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 12.
The Queen (voice of Vanessa Redgrave)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 40.
Free or Super-Cheap Family-Friendly Films for...
Many national movie theatre chains host free or nearly-free movie days for families. Find one in your area
Topper Deckington III
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 41.
Pacifier Weaning Tactics
How to help your child survive the pacifier weaning stage.
Preschool Friendship Crafts
Help your preschooler celebrate friends with these easy-to-make friendship crafts.
Dealing With a Tattletale
Preschoolers love to tell on people. Part of their social development, tattling is a way for your little one to exercise her moral compass. But let's face it, it's a behavior that can be really annoying. Here's how to deal with a tattletale.
How To Organize a Toy Swap or Toy Exchange
Let's face it. Toys can be expensive. And if you are like most parents, you probably have a whole pile
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