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Plan a Unique Easter Egg Hunt for Little Kids
How to host an Easter egg hunt for little kids.
10 Types of ‘Play’ Important to...
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.
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.
Great Easter Basket Ideas for Little Kids
Great Easter basket ideas for your preschooler's Easter basket.
ABCmouse.com: Children's Learning Website Review
A review of ABCmouse.com, an educational website for preschoolers.
50 Fun Things to Do Outside
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!
Celebrating Dora the Explorer
Preschoolers know that when it comes to Dora, adventure is right around the corner! Believe it or not, the animated heroine is ten years old, yet she still doesn't look a day over seven. Find out how this preschool favorite became such a phenomena.
Kindergarten Screening: What to Expect
Wondering what happens at a kindergarten screening? Read our guide.
Your 3-Year-Old: Development and Milestones
Preschoolers are naturally bright and inquisitive creatures. How to get the most out of your 3 year old's cognitive development. Page 3.
Decorating Easter Eggs with Kids
Great ideas for decorating Easter eggs with your kids.
When Should My Child Switch from a Car Seat to...
Switching your child from a car seat to a booster seat? Make sure you know the guidelines first.
8 Great Swing Sets for Kids
Looking for fun in your own backyard? Consider buying your preschooler one of these swing sets.
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!
Cars 2 Characters
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2.
How to Handle a Bossy Child
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.
Sweet Potato Chips
Sweet potato chips are a great alternative to regular potato chips, and when you make them homemade they are an even more healthy kids snack.
Preschool Music Activities
Preschool music activities that make playing with your preschooler more fun than usual.
The Best Kids Playhouses
Nine of the top playhouses for preschoolers and toddlers, by Little Tikes, Step 2 and others, with links to compare prices.
Add Food Coloring to Make Your Bubbles Pop....
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!
How to Manage Preschool Separation Anxiety
Even the most well-adjusted, outgoing children experience preschool separation anxiety. Here's how to cope.
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.
How Can I Encourage My Shy Child?
How to encourage a shy child to participate and learn to relax and enjoy themselves.
Free Earth Day Printables
Need some ideas for Earth Day? Try printing out this poetry page from ABCmouse.com. Page 2.
Preschool Graduation Party Ideas
It's all pomp and circumstance at a preschool graduation! So grab the cap and gown and start celebrating with these great ideas.
Is Your Child Ready to Start Preschool?
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.
Do You Know These Popular Characters from Dora...
Over the past ten years, Dora the Explorer has met a lot of interesting characters. Map shows her where to go on her adventures. Page 4.
Guide to the Disney Princesses
Learn more about the Disney Princesses -- Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Aurora, Snow White, Ariel, Pocahontas, Jasmine, Fa Mulan, Tiana, Medida and Rapunzel!
My Little Pony Coloring Pages
A free My Little Pony Pinkie Pie coloring page. The page comes from The Hub network, which airs the popular animated series My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. Page 2.
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
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Popular Characters from Super Why!
Want to get your preschooler on the path to becoming a "super reader?" Try having her watch Super Why!
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.
Celebrate a "Green" Easter with Kids
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Fun Ball Games for Preschoolers
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!
What Your Child Needs to 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.
What to Ask at a Preschool Interview
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.
Easter Ideas for Families
These Easter ideas will help you have a wonderful celebration with your family!
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.
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.
Preparing Your Preschooler for a New Baby
The arrival of a new sibling is a big event in the life of a preschooler -- probably one of the biggest they have experienced so far. They are likely to be feeling lots of different emotions, from happiness to confusion to downright jealously. Here's how to help them learn to welcome a new baby and adjust as your family grows.
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.
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?
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.
Meet New Disney Princess, 'Sofia the First'
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Preschool Soccer -- Tips for Coaches and Parents
Volunteered to coach preschool soccer? Here's a basic primer of what to do and expect.
Popular Characters from Bubble Guppies
All the details on your preschooler's favorite characters from the Nick Jr. show Bubble Guppies.
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.
Choosing the Right Preschool for Your Child
There is a lot to consider when you are choosing a preschool for your child. From academics and curriculum to the length of day and cost, there are a lot of options to weigh. Here's how to get started.
Family Outing Fun
Looking for something to do with your preschooler? Check out this list of cool places to visit for some family outing fun.
Pacifier Weaning Tactics
How to help your child survive the pacifier weaning stage.
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.
How To Teach Your Preschooler to "Go Green"
Think your preschooler is too young to understand the concepts of going green and recycling? By teaching your preschooler the important lesson of taking care of the earth you will instill good habits in your little one that they will be sure to carry with them for a long time.
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?
Help! My Preschooler Won't Stop Nose Picking!
Just because nose picking in preschoolers is a common habit, it doesn't mean it's a behavior you have to accept. How to stop your child from picking her nose.
LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Tablet Review
Tablets for kids? A popular option (rather than handing over your own pricey device) is the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Tablet. Read our review.
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.
How to Teach Your Child to Tie Shoes
Older preschoolers might be ready to master the task of lacing up their kicks. Here are a few different methods to teach kids how to tie shoes.
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.
Preschooler Self Care Skills
From brushing his own teeth, to taking a shower and helping around the house, self care skills and preschool developmental milestones you can expect.
Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2.
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 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 Do I Stop a Preschool Bully?
Kids, even small, cute ones, can be mean. How to help your child if he's being targeted by a preschool bully.
How to Stop an Interrupting Child
Your preschooler has a lot to say, you just wish he wouldn't do it while you are talking to someone else. How to teach an interrupting child to stop.
Inexpensive Teacher Gifts – Ideas for...
Wondering how to say thank you to your favorite teacher, coach, or parent volunteer? These inexpensive teacher gifts are both thoughtful and easy on your wallet.
Indoor Games to Play with Your Preschooler
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.
How to Potty Train a Boy
A reader wonders how to potty train a boy -- most specifically, how can she teach her son to pee standing up?
Truth and Consquences -- Why Preschoolers Lie
All preschoolers lie occasionally. And although lying is a normal part of a child’s development, it’s something you can't overlook. As a parent, it’s your job to teach honesty. In order to deal with the situation, you need to know a) why your little Pinocchio is lying and b) how to teach him to value honesty. Here’s how.
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!
iPhone and iPad Apps for Little Kids
Looking for a distraction? These iPhone apps and iPad apps for little kids are designed to keep them entertained and amused.
Spanking Children
Spanking children is one of the most controversial forms of discipline that there is. But is it effective?
Curriculum (Preschool Curriculum)
A definition of the term curriculum and how it relates to preschool.
Homemade "Jake the Never Land Pirates"...
Looking for an easy homemade pirate costume for kids? Check out these ideas from a Jake and the Never Land Pirates costume designer.
Preparing for Preschool Parent/Teacher...
Even preschools hold parent/teacher conferences. What to expect and ask so you get the most out of this important part of your child's education.
Top Preschool Math Activities
Help your preschooler build her math skills early with these fun and educational preschool math activities.
How to Set Up a Reward System for Children
Want to encourage good behavior from your preschooler? Consider setting up a reward system.
Preschool Science Activities
Want to help your little one learn how the world works? Try some of these preschool science activities.
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.
Discounted and Free Movies For Families all...
Many national movie theatre chains host free or nearly-free movie days for families. Find one in your area
Learn to Take Good Photos of Your Children
Whether you are taking candid shots or posed pictures for the holidays, you want to make sure the shot you get is perfect. How to take good photos of your children with these tips from the National Association of Professional Photographers.
Cheese Quesadillas
Kids snacks recipes don't get much easier than cheese quesadillas. Whether you serve them plain or mix them up, this never-fail favorite can even be served up as a meal.
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.
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.
It's Clean Up Time! Teaching Your Preschooler...
An important part of a young person’s development, cleaning up helps develop your preschooler's sense of responsibility; how a child learns to clean up now sets the stage for how they will complete the chore as they get older. If you are constantly picking up after your child at this age, they’ll learn to always expect it. Here’s how to make the task run smoothly.
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.
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.
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.
New Disney Junior Channel to Launch
The new Disney Junior channel will launch in 2012. Find out all the details, including the projected lineup.
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.
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.
Nigel Gearsley
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 28.
How to Establish a Bedtime Routine
Tired of the bedtime battles? A bedtime routine will help your preschooler go to bed willingly. Here's how.
Kindergarten Preparation Activities
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.
Are "Time-Outs" Really an Effective Child...
: Are "Time-Outs" Really an Effective Child Discipline Technique? Everything I read tells me the best
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.
Easter Basket Stuffers for Preschoolers
Looking for Easter basket stuffers for your preschooler? Try some of these ideas!
Preschool Supplies Your Child 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.
Rip Clutchgoneski
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 29.
Taking Holiday Pictures When Your Little One is...
Your little one is scared of Santa Claus (and the Easter Bunny). But that doesn't mean you can't take some nice holiday pictures. Here's how.
Reggio Emilia Approach
A definition of the Reggio Emilia approach
What Do You Say When Your Child Asks "Is Santa...
: What Do You Say When Your Child Asks "Is Santa Real?" I'm beside myself. I was wrapping Christmas gifts
How to Stop Sibling Squabbles
It's easy for a parent to feel like a referee in a boxing ring. From which television program to watch to who is touching who in the car, it seems like there is an endless stream of things your kids can fight about. But sibling rivalry is normal, and handled the right way, can help your kids develop important life skills.
Carla Veloso
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 24.
Teaching Your Preschooler Table Manners
It's important to teach your preschooler table manners now so as they get older, they have good social skills. The key to early etiquette is to be a good role model.
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.
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.
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.
Scaffolding
A definition of scaffolding as it pertains to early education.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Preschool Toys for Outdoor Play
Playing outside is a highlight of childhood. Encourage outdoor play with these fun outdoor toys for preschoolers.
Unstructured Play
A definition of unstructured play
Easter Basket Themes for Preschoolers
Want to help the Easter bunny by filling your preschooler's Easter basket, but not sure where to start? Check out these fun Easter basket themes.
Chicco KeyFit Strada Toddler Booster Seat Review
A review of the Chicco KeyFit Strada Toddler Booster Seat.
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
Miguel Camino
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 21.
How to Make a First Aid Kit
It is always a good idea to keep a first aid kit in the house, especially if you have little kids. How to make your own first aid kit and what to keep in it.
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.
Fun Climbing Toys for Preschoolers
Climbing toys are a great way let your preschooler engage in some active play. Here are our top choices for climbers.
Great Easter Toys for Preschoolers
While the Easter bunny usually brings a basket, sometimes it's fun to give kids an extra treat. Here are our top picks for the top Easter toys.
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.
Easter Songs for Preschoolers
When it comes to Easter, there is a lot to sing about! From bunnies to baskets, check out these songs about Easter for preschoolers.
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.
How Do We Say Goodbye to the Family Bed?
Not interested in a family bed? How do deal with late-night visits from your preschooler.
Max Schnell
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 20.
Print-rich Preschool Environment
A definition of the term print-rich preschool environment.
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.
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.
Top Summer Safety Tips
Ready for some summertime fun? Check out these summer safety tips before heading out whether you are hitting the playground, pool, beach or even your own backyard.
Raoul ÇaRoule
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 22.
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.
Characters from Disney's Winnie the Pooh Movie
All the details on your preschooler's favorite characters from Disney's Winnie the Pooh movie.
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.
Coping When Your Preschooler has a Nightmare or...
For a parent, it's heartbreaking when their child has nightmares. Unfortunately, preschoolers are at a prime age for having them. But there are things you can do to help. Page 3.
Solving Potty Training Problems
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!
Cooperative Preschool (Co-op Preschool,...
A definition of the term cooperative preschool.
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.
Transformers Rescue Bots Activity Page
Free Transformers Rescue Bots coloring and activity pages courtesy of The Hub network.
Physical Activity and Fitness for Preschoolers
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.
Redirection
A definition of redirection, a positive discipline technique.
What is the Best Way to Transition from Crib to...
When and how is the best way to move a little one from crib to bed?
How Old is Too Old for Family Nudity?
A reader asks if it family nudity is OK in front of her preschool son.
10 Great Toys for Fine Motor Skills Development
These toys will help your little one develop his fine motor skills while having fun.
Bank Street Method
A definition of the Bank Street Method
Start Gardening with Kids
Ready to start planting a garden? Get your preschooler involved. When you spend time gardening with kids, you are teaching them an important skill that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Dr. Christopher Cerveny of Miracle-Gro shares his tips for gardening with kids.

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