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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.
Parenting a 3-Year-Old
Your 3-year-old is learning and growing every day right before your eyes! Here's what to expect.
10 Hot Summer Toys for Preschoolers
Yes, it is hot out, but that's what summer is all about! These summer toys for preschoolers will get your kids moving and having fun!
ABCmouse.com: Children's Learning Website Review
A review of ABCmouse.com, an educational website for preschoolers.
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!
What Happens at a Kindergarten Screening?
Wondering what happens at a kindergarten screening? Read our guide.
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.
Cars 2 Characters
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Parenting an Oppositional Child
Tired of hearing the word. Parenting Preschoolers.
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.
How to Manage Separation Anxiety
Even the most well-adjusted, outgoing children experience preschool separation anxiety. Here's how to cope.
8 Awesome Backyard Swing Sets for Kids
Looking for fun in your own backyard? Consider buying your preschooler one of these swing sets.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
5 Ways to Encourage Your Shy Child
How to encourage a shy child to participate and learn to relax and enjoy themselves.
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.
Homemade "Jake the Never Land Pirates"...
Has your preschooler decided on a Halloween costume? If her favorite character comes from the popular
How to Stop Your Child From Thumb Sucking
Thumb sucking isn't easy to stop, but it can be done! Try some of these parent- and kid-tested methods to help your preschooler stop thumb sucking.
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.
8 Fun Music Activities for Preschoolers
Preschool music activities that make playing with your preschooler more fun than usual.
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.
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.
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.
Curriculum (Preschool Curriculum)
A definition of the term curriculum and how it relates to preschool.
Popular Characters from Bubble Guppies
All the details on your preschooler's favorite characters from the Nick Jr. show Bubble Guppies.
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
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.
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.
Transformers Rescue Bots Activity Page
Free Transformers Rescue Bots coloring and activity pages courtesy of The Hub network.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2.
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?
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.
Scaffolding
A definition of scaffolding as it pertains to early education.
"Dora and Friends: Into the City!" Season One...
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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.
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!
Meet New Disney Princess, 'Sofia the First'
New Disney Princess Sofia the First - New Disney Movie - New Disney Series - Preschool Princess Sofia the First
20 Activities to Help Preschoolers Develop...
Gross motor preschool activities to help your little one develop these important skills.
Redirection
A definition of redirection, a positive discipline technique.
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!
What are Gross Motor Skills and Why are They...
Learn more about gross motor skills and why they are important to your preschooler.
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.
Top Preschool Math Activities
Help your preschooler build her math skills early with these fun and educational preschool math activities.
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
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Preschool Science Activities
Want to help your little one learn how the world works? Try some of these preschool science activities.
Kellogg's Rice Krispies ® Mini Meatball...
Kellogg's Rice Krispies for dinner? Why not with this fun slider recipe!
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.
Preschool Toys for Outdoor Play
Playing outside is a highlight of childhood. Encourage outdoor play with these fun outdoor toys for preschoolers.
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.
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.
What are Fine Motor Skills and Why Are They...
Learn more about fine motor skills and why they are important to your preschooler.
20 Activities to Develop Your Preschooler's...
Fine motor preschool activities to help your little one develop these important skills.
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.
Popular Characters from Peppa Pig
All the details on your preschooler's favorite characters from the Nick Jr show Peppa Pig.
Structured Play
A definition of structured play. Parenting Preschoolers.
Pacifier Weaning Tactics
How to help your child survive the pacifier weaning stage.
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.
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.
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.
Carla Veloso
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 24.
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.
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.
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?
Miguel Camino
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 21.
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.
Topper Deckington III
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 41.
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.
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.
Shu Todoroki
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 23.
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?
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.
Raoul ÇaRoule
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 22.
Prince Wheeliam
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 44.
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.
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.
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.
Rip Clutchgoneski
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 29.
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.
Infant SOS Helps Prevent A Parent's Worst...
A team of students from Rice University have created a device that will warn parents (and first responders) when a child has been left in a hot car.
Summer Bucket List for Kids
Want to have the best summer ever? Check out our ideas for the ultimate summer bucket list.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bird Feeders for Kids to Make
Need an easy and fun craft? Try one of these bird feeders for kids to make.
Reggio Emilia Approach
A definition of the Reggio Emilia approach
Teaching Kids to Wash Hands
How to teach your kids to wash hands.
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.
Sandwiches
Looking for a healthy kids lunch or kids snack recipe? The once-humble sandwich has gotten a makeover!
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?
Unstructured Play
A definition of unstructured play
Sand and Water Tables for Preschoolers
Looking for a fun outdoor toy for your preschooler that will let them get wet but isn't a pool? Take a look at the different types of sand water tables available.
Max Schnell
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 20.
Nigel Gearsley
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 28.
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.
4 Learning Activities to Prepare for Kindergarten
Learning activities to aid in your little one's kindergarten preparation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Liar, Liar, Pants of Fire: Why Preschoolers...
All preschoolers lie occasionally. And although lying is a normal part of a child’s development, it’s something you can't overlook.
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.
How to Set Up a Reward System for Children
Want to encourage good behavior from your preschooler? Consider setting up a reward system.
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.
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.
Pinion Tanaka
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 38.
Zen Master
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 39.
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.
Okuni
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 36.
Be a Savings Superstar! 50 Things to Buy at the...
Think the dollar stores are good for nothing more than cheap trinkets? You haven't been looking closely enough. There are great bargains to be found!
Keep Children Safe While Shopping and Traveling
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) has issued child safety tips for parents to keep children safer while shopping and traveling.
National Association for the Education of Young...
A definition of the National Association for the Education of Young Children or NAEYC.
Sight Words
A definition and examples of sight words for preschoolers.
Mama Topolino (voice of Vanessa Redgrave)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 34.
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.
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.
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Now You Can Read...
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, whatever your favorite is, these books will help teach your preschooler about the seasons.
Chauncy Fares
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 42.
Top Thomas the Tank Engine Toys
Got a little engineer at home? Check out these top Thomas the Tank Engine Toys.
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.
What to Do When a Child Bites
When a child bites it can be devastating for a parent. What to do, what not to do (bite back) and how to handle the situation so it doesn't happen again.
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