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Preschoolers: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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.
Kids Fitness Tips from Olympic Gold Medalist...
Olympic Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin shares kids fitness tips, including how to encourage your budding gymnast.
ABCmouse.com: Children's Learning Website Review
A review of ABCmouse.com, an educational website for preschoolers.
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!
How to Manage Preschool Separation Anxiety
Even the most well-adjusted, outgoing children experience preschool separation anxiety. Here's how to cope.
Homemade "Jake the Never Land Pirates"...
To make your own homemade Halloween pirate costume featuring Izzy from Jake and the Never Land Pirates
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.
Is Your Child Demanding or Bossy? How to Handle...
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.
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.
The Best Restaurants Where Kids Eat for Free
Want to take your preschooler out to dinner? Try one of these family-friendly restaurants where kids eat free (or super inexpensively!).
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!
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.
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.
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!
Hummus
Looking for the kids snack alternative to chips and dip? Give hummus and pita bread (or pretzels or crackers or veggies) a try.
Elmo's World - Elmo's Favorite Things DVD Review
A new Elmo's World DVD explores all of Elmo's Favorite Things. Check out our review of this Sesame Street DVD.
Characters from Disney's Winnie the Pooh Movie
All the details on your preschooler's favorite characters from Disney's Winnie the Pooh movie.
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.
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.
Pacifier Weaning Tactics
How to help your child survive the pacifier weaning stage.
Talking to Young Children About September 11
As the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America approaches every year, your preschooler may have some questions about what she is seeing and hearing in the media. How to best approach talking to young children about September 11.
New Disney Junior Channel to Launch
The new Disney Junior channel will launch in 2012. Find out all the details, including the projected lineup.
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.
Your Free Peppa Pig Coloring and Activity Pages
Young fans of Peppa Pig will enjoy coloring this free Peppa Pig coloring page featuring Peppa, and her little brother George.
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.
Cars 2 Characters
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2.
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?
Cheese Quesadillas
A kids snack that packs a nutritional punch. Whether you serve them plain or mix them up, this never-fail favorite can even be served up as a meal.
What Happens at a Kindergarten Screening?
Wondering what happens at a kindergarten screening? Read our guide.
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.
Frozen Bananas
This sweet frozen treat makes for a great kids snack.
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!
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.
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 "Sight Words" for Your...
A list of preschool sight words, as well as strategies to help you teach them to your beginning reader.
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.
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.
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.
5 Ways to Encourage Your Shy Child
How to encourage a shy child to participate and learn to relax and enjoy themselves.
How to Dine Out With Young Children
Like to dine out as a family? There's with our restaurant manners for kids, there is reason your preschooler can't go and behave.
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!
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.
How to Start a Preschool Playgroup
Being part a preschool playgroup can help your child develop important socialization skills as she learns to play with other children in a setting outside of home or school. The bonus -- you may make some friends too! How to start one.
Fun Facts About Dora the Explorer
Dora the Explorer debuted on Nickelodeon on August 14, 2000 and children's television (and pop culture) haven't been the same since. Fourteen fun facts to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Dora the Explorer.
How to Be a Class Parent
Want to be a part of your child's educational experience? Become a class parent.
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.
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.
Family-friendly Christmas Apps
Get into the holiday spirit with these family-friendly Christmas apps for your smartphone. From countdowns to list makers, they'll make the season bright!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parenting an Oppositional Child
Tired of hearing the word. Parenting Preschoolers.
Gross Motor Skills
Learn more about gross motor skills and why they are important to your preschooler.
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.
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.
Creating a Parent Network
A parent network is a great way to offer support to your child's school, be aware of what is going on in the classroom and make new friends. Child not in preschool? Parent networks can still offer you a wealth of support and advice Here's how to start one.
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.
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.
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.
Transitioning to Preschool
Transitioning to preschool is a big step for both kids and parents. How to help the process go smoothly.
Meet New Disney Princess, 'Sofia the First'
New Disney Princess Sofia the First - New Disney Movie - New Disney Series - Preschool Princess Sofia the First
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.
Hot Holiday Toys 2013 -- Best Toys for Kids
The Disney Planes Pilot Pals Dusty Crophopper RC Plane promises to be a hot seller this holiday season.
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.
Nickelodeon Announces Plans for a New Dora
Wondering what the new tween Dora the Explorer is all about? Get the latest news and updates here.
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.
Minnie Mouse Coloring Pages - Mickey Mouse...
Free Minnie Mouse activity page featuring Mickey Mouse Clubhouse friends courtesy of Disney. Page 2.
Curriculum (Preschool Curriculum)
A definition of the term curriculum and how it relates to preschool.
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.
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.
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?
How to Curb Your Child's Aggressive Behavior
When a child behaves aggressively, it can be frustrating, embarrassing and scary. How to respond, while digging at the root of your child's anger.
L is for Library! NYPL to Display Sesame Street...
An exhibit at the New York Public Library puts the spotlight on Sesame Street, featuring scripts, a special children's area, workshops, and more.
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.
25 Silly April Fools' Pranks You Can Play on...
Fun April Fools Day prank ideas to play on your kids!
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.
Are "Time-Outs" Really an Effective Child...
: Are "Time-Outs" Really an Effective Child Discipline Technique? Everything I read tells me the best
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.
Scaffolding
A definition of scaffolding as it pertains to early education.
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.
Fine Motor Skills
Learn more about fine motor skills and why they are important to your preschooler.
Fall Songs for Preschoolers
From pumpkins to scarecrows, to falling leaves, celebrate all things autumnal with these fun songs about fall for preschoolers.
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.
Popular Characters from Bubble Guppies
All the details on your preschooler's favorite characters from the Nick Jr. show Bubble Guppies.
Transformers Rescue Bots Activity Page
Free Transformers Rescue Bots coloring and activity pages courtesy of The Hub network.
The Goddard School for Early Childhood...
A definition of the Goddard School
Teaching Kids to Wash Hands
How to teach your kids to wash hands.
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!
Teaching Manners to Children: Learning "Nice"...
A big part of teaching manners to children is adding some important words into their vocabulary.
How Can I Make Adjusting to Preschool Easier...
Your little one seems to like preschool -- going willingly without much fuss. But at home she's behaving differently. Could adjusting to preschool be to blame?
Popular Characters from Peppa Pig
All the details on your preschooler's favorite characters from the Nick Jr show Peppa Pig.
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.
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.
A Review of the Polaroid 2 Tablet for Kids
Pre-loaded with apps and affordable, the Polaroid 2 Tablet for kids is a great technology option for preschool-age children and beyond.
8 Awesome Backyard Swing Sets for Kids
Looking for fun in your own backyard? Consider buying your preschooler one of these swing sets.
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.
Reading Activities for Preschoolers
These reading activities for preschoolers offer your little one fun ways to start to learn how to read.
Popular Characters from The Fresh Beat Band
All the details on your preschooler's favorite characters -- Kiki, Marina, Twist and Shout -- from the Nick Jr show The Fresh Beat Band
26 Ways to Teach Your Child the Alphabet
Is your preschooler ready to learn his ABCs? These 26 different ways to teach the alphabet will inspire you from A (alphabet soup) to Z (the zoo).
Kindergarten Preparation Activities
Learning activities to aid in your little one's kindergarten preparation.
Books About the Seasons
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, whatever your favorite is, these books will help teach your preschooler about the seasons.
Sgt. Highgear
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 43.
How to Save on Household Expenses
Smart tips on how to save on household expenses -- starting today!
Dealing With a Tattletale
Preschoolers love to tell on people. Part of their social development, tattling is a way for your little one to exercise her moral compass. But let's face it, it's a behavior that can be really annoying. Here's how to deal with a tattletale.
How to Clean Up Your House Quickly
How to clean your house quickly -- whether you are expecting (unexpected!) guests or want to get a jump on things, there is a lot you can do fast!
How to Make Your Child Become a Better Listener
Does your preschooler really hear what you say? Listening skills are important—they are a significant tool in your child's learning arsenal.
Preschool Science Activities
Want to help your little one learn how the world works? Try some of these preschool science 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
7 (Cheap!) Ways to Make Your Own Paint
Looking to make your own homemade paint? These easy recipes use materials that you can find right in your home! Simple, fool-proof, and inexpensive!
Universal Pre-K
A definition of Universal Pre-K.
How to Potty Train a Boy
A reader wonders how to potty train her toddler boy -- most specifically, how can she teach her son to pee standing up?
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
How to Start Potty Training
Think your little one is ready to start potty training? Here is how to begin the process.
Redirection
A definition of redirection, a positive discipline technique.
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
Lessons from Sesame Street
How one mom (and Sesame Workshop executive) applies the teachings from Sesame Street to her daily parenting. Page 1 of 2.
Free My Little Pony Activity Sheets
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic tells the story of six ponies -- Twilight Sparkle and her dragon
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.
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.
National Association for the Education of Young...
A definition of the National Association for the Education of Young Children or NAEYC.
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.
Carla Veloso
Don't know your Mater from your McQueen? Check out our guide to the characters in Cars 2. Page 24.
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.
Kellogg's Rice Krispies ® Mini Meatball...
Kellogg's Rice Krispies for dinner? Why not with this fun slider recipe!
Cooperative Preschool (Co-op Preschool,...
A definition of the term cooperative preschool.
Learning to Be Fire Smart
Mom to four and actress Holly Robinson Peete shares her tips on keeping your home safe from fire.
Structured Play
A definition of structured play. Parenting Preschoolers.
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.
The Interrupt Rule
It can be frustrating when your preschooler interrupts you while you are speaking . Whether you are talking
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.
Who Are the Disney Princesses?
She was a mermaid who only wanted to be human. Youngest daughter of King Triton, friend to Flounder and
Reggio Emilia Approach
A definition of the Reggio Emilia approach
Sleep Solutions for Preschoolers
Getting a preschooler to go to bed isn't always easy -- unless you employ these sleep solutions.
Tips for Trick-or-Treating with Young Children
Want to prevent Halloween from turning into a nightmare? Try our trick-or-treating tips with young children.
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.
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.
New Dora! "Dora and Friends: Into the City!"...
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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.
Bank Street Method
A definition of the Bank Street Method
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.
Children's Potty Training Books
Before your child starts to potty train, it's a good idea to give her an idea of what the process will be like. Here are some great children's potty training books to read before and during the toilet learning process.
How to Volunteer as a Family
Volunteering as a family is rewarding in so many ways. Not only are you helping others, but you are teaching your preschooler about the importance of how even small gestures can make a big difference in the community. Here's how to get started.
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