1. Parenting

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.
ABCmouse.com: Children's Learning Website Review
A review of ABCmouse.com, an educational website for preschoolers.
What Happens at a Kindergarten Screening?
Wondering what happens at a kindergarten screening? Read our guide.
Parenting a 3-Year-Old
Preschoolers are naturally bright and inquisitive creatures. How to get the most out of your 3 year old's cognitive development. Page 3.
Cars 2 Characters
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2.
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!
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.
Make Your Kids' Easter Egg Hunt Extra Fun with...
How to host an Easter egg hunt for little kids.
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.
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.
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.
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.
33 Ways to Fill Your Preschooler's Easter Basket
Great Easter basket ideas for your preschooler's Easter basket.
All About the New Dr. Seuss Book Coming in July
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >The menagerie
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!
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.
How to Manage Preschool Separation Anxiety
Even the most well-adjusted, outgoing children experience preschool separation anxiety. Here's how to cope.
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.
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.
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.
8 Fun Music Activities for Preschoolers
Preschool music activities that make playing with your preschooler more fun than usual.
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!
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!
5 Ways to Encourage Your Shy Child
How to encourage a shy child to participate and learn to relax and enjoy themselves.
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.
Scaffolding
A definition of scaffolding as it pertains to early education.
8 Awesome Backyard Swing Sets for Kids
Looking for fun in your own backyard? Consider buying your preschooler one of these swing sets.
Expect a Visitor on St. Patrick's Day: 17 Ways...
Looking for a bit of St. Patrick's Day fun for your preschooler? Have a leprechaun visit!
Parenting an Oppositional Child
Tired of hearing the word. Parenting Preschoolers.
Five Child Discipline Methods for Preschoolers
When your child misbehaves, it can be hard to figure out the best way to handle it. These child discipline methods will help change your little one's behavior going forward.
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.
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.
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.
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.
15 Snow Activities for Kids
15 fun snow activities you can do outside with your preschooler.
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.
Curriculum (Preschool Curriculum)
A definition of the term curriculum and how it relates to preschool.
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.
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.
20 Gross Motor Preschool Activities
Gross motor preschool activities to help your little one develop these important skills.
25 Silly April Fools' Pranks You Can Play on...
Fun April Fools Day prank ideas to play on your kids!
Meet New Disney Princess, 'Sofia the First'
New Disney Princess Sofia the First - New Disney Movie - New Disney Series - Preschool Princess Sofia the First
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?
Structured Play
A definition of structured play. Parenting Preschoolers.
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.
Gross Motor Skills
Learn more about gross motor skills and why they are important to your preschooler.
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.
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.
Fine Motor Skills
Learn more about fine motor skills and why they are important to your preschooler.
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?
Redirection
A definition of redirection, a positive discipline technique.
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.
Preschool Child Observation Record (COR)
A definition of the phrase Preschool Child Observation Record.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Homemade "Jake the Never Land Pirates"...
Has your preschooler decided on a Halloween costume? If her favorite character comes from the popular
"Dora and Friends: Into the City!" Season One...
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Are you ready
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.
Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2.
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?
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!
Minnie Mouse Coloring Pages - Mickey Mouse...
Free Minnie Mouse activity page featuring Mickey Mouse Clubhouse friends courtesy of Disney. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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
Reggio Emilia Approach
A definition of the Reggio Emilia approach
Kindergarten Preparation Activities
Learning activities to aid in your little one's kindergarten preparation.
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.
Preschool Science Activities
Want to help your little one learn how the world works? Try some of these preschool science activities.
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.
Pacifier Weaning Tactics
How to help your child survive the pacifier weaning stage.
The Best Halloween Costumes for Preschoolers
Does your preschooler need help choosing a perfect Halloween costume? From princesses who like cold weather to risky reptiles, we've got you covered.
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!
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.
Bird Feeders for Kids to Make
Need an easy and fun craft? Try one of these bird feeders for kids to make.
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.
How Do I 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.
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.
How to Set Up a Reward System for Children
Want to encourage good behavior from your preschooler? Consider setting up a reward system.
Do You Know These Popular Characters from Dora...
Over the past ten years, Dora the Explorer has met a lot of interesting characters. Boots the Monkey is her best friend.
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.
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.
Montessori
A definition of the word Montessori
Transitioning to Kindergarten
Kindergarten transition is a major step for all preschoolers (and their parents!). How to handle this important developmental milestone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carla Veloso
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 24.
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.
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.
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!
Fun Activites to do on St. Patrick's Day with...
Kiss the blarney stone, wear green, celebrate the luck of the Irish with these St. Patrick's Day activities for kids!
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.
Popular Characters from Bubble Guppies
All the details on your preschooler's favorite characters from the Nick Jr. show Bubble Guppies.
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.
Transformers Rescue Bots Activity Page
Free Transformers Rescue Bots coloring and activity pages courtesy of The Hub network.
Raoul ÇaRoule
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 22.
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.
Max Schnell
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 20.
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.
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.
Preschool Toys for Outdoor Play
Playing outside is a highlight of childhood. Encourage outdoor play with these fun outdoor toys for preschoolers.
Miguel Camino
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 21.
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.
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.
Top Preschool Math Activities
Help your preschooler build her math skills early with these fun and educational preschool math activities.
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.
8 Steps to Choosing the Right Preschool for...
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.
Prince Wheeliam
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 44.
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.
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.
Shu Todoroki
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 23.
Unstructured Play
A definition of unstructured play
Nigel Gearsley
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 28.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Cooperative Preschool (Co-op Preschool,...
A definition of the term cooperative preschool.
Rip Clutchgoneski
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 29.
Sight Words
A definition and examples of sight words for preschoolers.
Books About the Seasons
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, whatever your favorite is, these books will help teach your preschooler about the seasons.
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.
Universal Pre-K
A definition of Universal Pre-K.
Free Earth Day Printables
Want to start teaching your preschooler about Earth Day? This Earth Day coloring page from ABCmouse.com is a good start.
10 Quick and Easy Dinners That Preschoolers...
What's for dinner? There is something for everyone with these quick and easy dinner ideas that are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.
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.
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 Prepare 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.
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.
How to Remove Chewing Gum
Got a kid who likes to chew gum? It can be hard to remove if it winds up out of your child's mouth and in her hair, carpet or worse. Here's how.
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.
Okuni
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 36.
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.
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.
Need Treats for Your Party Guests? Try These...
Whether you need a favor for your preschooler's birthday party or want a treat to hand out to the class, check out these great ideas for preschool birthday goodie bags.
Fire Safety Tips for Kids
The National Fire Protection Association offers these safety tips for kids to help prevent fire in the home.
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.
20 Fine Motor Preschool Activities
Fine motor preschool activities to help your little one develop these important skills.

©2015 About.com. All rights reserved.