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Preschoolers: Most Popular Articles

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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.
ABCmouse.com: Children's Learning Website Review
A review of ABCmouse.com, an educational website for preschoolers.
Kids Fitness Tips from Olympic Gold Medalist...
Olympic Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin shares kids fitness tips, including how to encourage your budding gymnast.
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.
Homemade "Jake the Never Land Pirates"...
To make your own homemade Halloween pirate costume featuring Izzy from Jake and the Never Land Pirates
Parenting a 3-Year-Old
Social and emotional development in three year olds is an exciting part of growing up. How to guide your little one as she learns to make friends and interact with the world around her. Page 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.
Sushi Sandwich -- A Kid-Friendly Twist on the...
Put a new kid-friendly spin on the tuna sandwich using favorite ingredients in a new way.
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.
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.
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!
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!
How to Manage Preschool Separation Anxiety
Even the most well-adjusted, outgoing children experience preschool separation anxiety. Here's how to cope.
5 Ways to Encourage Your Shy Child
How to encourage a shy child to participate and learn to relax and enjoy themselves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8 Fun Music Activities for Preschoolers
Preschool music activities that make playing with your preschooler more fun than usual.
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.
Parenting an Oppositional Child
Tired of hearing the word. Parenting Preschoolers.
Redirection
A definition of redirection, a positive discipline technique.
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.
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 Happens at a Kindergarten Screening?
Wondering what happens at a kindergarten screening? Read our guide.
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.
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!
Friday Find: Squatchi
Three random facts about me and Mr. S.: I like to do most of my shopping online. Mr. S. LOVES shopping for shoes. I hate buying shoes online (at
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.
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 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.
Step Outside the Toybox: Gifts for Kids
Little Pim Foreign Language Sets teach your child a new language in a fun way.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tomber (voice of Michel Michelis)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 35.
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.
Curriculum (Preschool Curriculum)
A definition of the term curriculum and how it relates to preschool.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
Meet New Disney Princess, 'Sofia the First'
New Disney Princess Sofia the First - New Disney Movie - New Disney Series - Preschool Princess Sofia the First
Gross Motor Skills
Learn more about gross motor skills and why they are important to your preschooler.
Are "Time-Outs" Really an Effective Child...
: Are "Time-Outs" Really an Effective Child Discipline Technique? Everything I read tells me the best
How to Set Up a Reward System for Children
Want to encourage good behavior from your preschooler? Consider setting up a reward system.
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.
Scaffolding
A definition of scaffolding as it pertains to early education.
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!
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?
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.
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.
Structured Play
A definition of structured play. Parenting Preschoolers.
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!
Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson)
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2.
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.
8 Awesome Backyard Swing Sets for Kids
Looking for fun in your own backyard? Consider buying your preschooler one of these swing sets.
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.
Top Preschool Math Activities
Help your preschooler build her math skills early with these fun and educational preschool math activities.
Transformers Rescue Bots Activity Page
Free Transformers Rescue Bots coloring and activity pages courtesy of The Hub network.
Fine Motor Skills
Learn more about fine motor skills and why they are important to your preschooler.
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.
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.
Books About the Seasons
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, whatever your favorite is, these books will help teach your preschooler about the seasons.
Minnie Mouse Coloring Pages - Mickey Mouse...
Free Minnie Mouse activity page featuring Mickey Mouse Clubhouse friends courtesy of Disney. Page 2.
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).
"Dora and Friends: Into the City!" Season One...
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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
Pacifier Weaning Tactics
How to help your child survive the pacifier weaning stage.
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.
Carla Veloso
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 24.
What to Do When Your Preschooler's in Preschool
From quick errands to cleaning the house to taking a minute to relax, how to make the most of your free time while your little one is at preschool.
Fall Activities for Preschoolers
Celebrate the turn of seasons with some of these fall activities for preschoolers.
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.
Alternative Halloween Treats
Every year on Halloween your little one comes home with a big bag full of candy. Maybe it's time to hand out different types of Halloween treats.
Teaching Kids to Wash Hands
How to teach your kids to wash hands.
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!
Shu Todoroki
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 23.
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.
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 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.
Raoul ÇaRoule
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 22.
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.
Miguel Camino
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 21.
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.
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.
Max Schnell
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 20.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nigel Gearsley
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 28.
Rip Clutchgoneski
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 29.
Raising a Thankful Child
Great ways to teach your preschool thankfulness and generosity.
Halloween Treats for Preschoolers
Get into the haunted spirit with these Halloween treats for preschoolers.
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.
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.
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.
10 Great Toys for Fine Motor Skills Development
These toys will help your little one develop his fine motor skills while having fun.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
Reggio Emilia Approach
A definition of the Reggio Emilia approach
Helping Kids Get Through Flu Shots and...
Let's face it, kids don't like shots. But in order to keep them healthy, vaccinations are a regular part of childhood. Here are some strategies to help your child cope.
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.
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.
Fire Safety Tips for Kids
The National Fire Protection Association offers these safety tips for kids to help prevent fire in the home.
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?
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.
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.
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.
20 Gross Motor Preschool Activities
Gross motor preschool activities to help your little one develop these important skills.
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.
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.
Sgt. Highgear
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 43.
Kellogg's Rice Krispies ® Mini Meatball...
Kellogg's Rice Krispies for dinner? Why not with this fun slider recipe!
Leapfrog LeapPad2 Explorer Tablet Review
A review of the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Tablet
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.
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
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.
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.
11 Christmas Activities for Preschoolers
No matter what Christmas activities you have planned this holiday season, make sure your preschooler gets in on the fun!
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 Teach Your Child to Dial 911
In case of an emergency, you want your preschooler to be prepared. Here's how to teach your child to dial 911.
Fall Songs for Preschoolers
From pumpkins to scarecrows, to falling leaves, celebrate all things autumnal with these fun songs about fall for preschoolers.
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.
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.
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.
Pinion Tanaka
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 38.
Topper Deckington III
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 41.
New Disney Junior Channel to Launch
The new Disney Junior channel will launch in 2012. Find out all the details, including the projected lineup.
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.
The New Nickelodeon Show that Teaches STEM
Learn more about the new animated show on Nickelodeon, Blaze and the Monster Machines. Focusing on STEM curriculum, it is geared at preschoolers.
Zen Master
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 39.
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.
Kingpin Nobunaga
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 37.
How to Start Potty Training
Think your little one is ready to start potty training? Here is how to begin the process.
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.
3 Recent Kids' Product Recalls You Should Know...
The CPSC issues recalls on a regular basis for children's products that should not be used. Find out here if your kid's toys and gear are safe.
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