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Indoor Activities For Toddlers

Boost brain development with educational indoor activities for toddlers. Here is a comprehensive list of ideas to stimulate all aspects of your toddler’s brain plus encourage fun, creative and meaningful play.

Textures: Draw and decorate letters with textured items such as sandpaper, beans, cotton balls, pastas, and pipe cleaners. Touching the letters gives toddlers the opportunity to feel the way a letter is formed

Measure: Use a ruler or be creative. Get your toddler to measure a chair or couch with lego. Also, discuss months and seasons as a way to measure the time of year. Make indoor activities for toddlers more fun by using a calendar to talk about numbers and months.

Label: Encourage reading and spelling by labeling a few things around the house. For example:  window, chair, desk.  Add new labels slowly and always return to the old labels for practice.

Organize: Nurture your child's helpful spirit by promoting organization in your home. It may slow down your day but it is a great way to encourage sorting and matching using laundry, toys and kitchen pots, pans and utensils.

Hunt: Create an indoor scavenger with a theme. Teach colors by suggesting your toddler finds red, blue or yellow items around the house. Practice letters by searching for items that start with A, B, C etc.

Sing: Expand your toddler’s vocabulary by singing together. Be sure they watch your mouth movements to encourage correct word formation. Add background music to make indoor activities for toddlers more exciting!

Photos: Hang photos or look through photo albums (hardcover or virtual) Label the photos with names like Aunt, Uncle, Cousin. This activity will improve memory and encourage literacy.

Weather: Talk about the weather each day and draw different weather patterns. Your toddler will quickly become familiar with weather terms like rain, clouds, blue sky, gray sky and more

Engage in educational indoor activities for toddlers with Teach My Toddler, the all-in-one learning kit for 18 months+. The kit is full of coordinated tools to teach the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors. Requiring no screens, Teach My Toddler encourages interaction and one-on-one time.

29 Sep, 2014
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Indoor Activities For Toddlers

Boost brain development with educational indoor activities for toddlers. Here is a comprehensive list of ideas to stimulate all aspects of your toddler’s brain plus encourage fun, creative and meaningful play.

Textures: Draw and decorate letters with textured items such as sandpaper, beans, cotton balls, pastas, and pipe cleaners. Touching the letters gives toddlers the opportunity to feel the way a letter is formed

Measure: Use a ruler or be creative. Get your toddler to measure a chair or couch with lego. Also, discuss months and seasons as a way to measure the time of year. Make indoor activities for toddlers more fun by using a calendar to talk about numbers and months.

Label: Encourage reading and spelling by labeling a few things around the house. For example:  window, chair, desk.  Add new labels slowly and always return to the old labels for practice.

Organize: Nurture your child's helpful spirit by promoting organization in your home. It may slow down your day but it is a great way to encourage sorting and matching using laundry, toys and kitchen pots, pans and utensils.

Hunt: Create an indoor scavenger with a theme. Teach colors by suggesting your toddler finds red, blue or yellow items around the house. Practice letters by searching for items that start with A, B, C etc.

Sing: Expand your toddler’s vocabulary by singing together. Be sure they watch your mouth movements to encourage correct word formation. Add background music to make indoor activities for toddlers more exciting!

Photos: Hang photos or look through photo albums (hardcover or virtual) Label the photos with names like Aunt, Uncle, Cousin. This activity will improve memory and encourage literacy.

Weather: Talk about the weather each day and draw different weather patterns. Your toddler will quickly become familiar with weather terms like rain, clouds, blue sky, gray sky and more

Engage in educational indoor activities for toddlers with Teach My Toddler, the all-in-one learning kit for 18 months+. The kit is full of coordinated tools to teach the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors. Requiring no screens, Teach My Toddler encourages interaction and one-on-one time.

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Food For Toddlers

According to a study in Science Daily, children that were fed healthier diets, including fruits, vegetables, legumes and cheese during their first two years of life had higher IQ’s than children who regularly ate sweets, soft drinks and chips!

The study looked at more than 7,00 children. Led by researcher Dr. Lisa Smithers, the study reviewed the link between the eating habits of children at 6 months, 15 months and 2 years, and their IQ at eight years of age.

It was discovered that children with a healthy diet regularly including foods such as legumes, cheese, fruit and vegetables at 15 and 24 months, had an IQ up to two points higher by age eight.

Those children who had a diet regularly involving biscuits, chocolate, sweets, soft drinks and chips in the first two years of life had IQ’s up to two points lower by age eight.

According to Dr. Smithers, “Diet supplies the nutrients needed for the development of brain tissues in the first two years of life, so it is important that we consider the longer-term impact of the foods we feed our children.”

BabyCenter takes brain boosting food for toddlers one step further by providing a list of superfoods that can help brain growth and development.

Food for toddlers with superpowers:

Avocados

Blueberries

Oats

Salmon

Spinach

Sweet Potato

Yogurt

Combine food for toddlers that have superpowers with Teach My Toddler Learning Sets to boost brain development! From the alphabet, to colors, shapes, numbers and continents, your toddler can be a mini scholar with award winning coordinated learning sets from Teach My.

28 Aug, 2014
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Food For Toddlers

According to a study in Science Daily, children that were fed healthier diets, including fruits, vegetables, legumes and cheese during their first two years of life had higher IQ’s than children who regularly ate sweets, soft drinks and chips!

The study looked at more than 7,00 children. Led by researcher Dr. Lisa Smithers, the study reviewed the link between the eating habits of children at 6 months, 15 months and 2 years, and their IQ at eight years of age.

It was discovered that children with a healthy diet regularly including foods such as legumes, cheese, fruit and vegetables at 15 and 24 months, had an IQ up to two points higher by age eight.

Those children who had a diet regularly involving biscuits, chocolate, sweets, soft drinks and chips in the first two years of life had IQ’s up to two points lower by age eight.

According to Dr. Smithers, “Diet supplies the nutrients needed for the development of brain tissues in the first two years of life, so it is important that we consider the longer-term impact of the foods we feed our children.”

BabyCenter takes brain boosting food for toddlers one step further by providing a list of superfoods that can help brain growth and development.

Food for toddlers with superpowers:

Avocados

Blueberries

Oats

Salmon

Spinach

Sweet Potato

Yogurt

Combine food for toddlers that have superpowers with Teach My Toddler Learning Sets to boost brain development! From the alphabet, to colors, shapes, numbers and continents, your toddler can be a mini scholar with award winning coordinated learning sets from Teach My.

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Best Baby Books

Reading to your baby is a great way to promote early reading skills, build vocabulary, increase attention span and instill a love for books.

More and more research is being released showing the importance of talking and interacting with your baby. In fact, research has shown that children from talkative families may have heard 30 million more words directed to them by age 3 than children from less-talkative families! And the same research study showed that the more words the children had heard by age 3, the better they did on tests of cognitive development.

Sometimes it is difficult to make conversation with a baby - books are a great way to boost your verbal interaction.

When choosing the best baby books, be certain to look for books that have interesting pictures, simple words and rhyming text.

Build a library with the following list of 10 of the classic best baby books

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Pat The Bunny By Dorothy Kunhardt

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed By Eileen Christelow

Tails by Matthew Van Fleet

Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

I Like It When… by Mary Murphy

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Tickle, Tickle by Helen Oxenbury

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Teach My Baby, the multi award winning learning kit for babies 6 months+ contains some of the best baby books because they are simple and perfectly sized for little hands. The Teach My Baby kit is divided into four sections to teach babies - First Words, First Numbers, Self and Sound & Touch. Requiring no batteries or DVDs, the kit has an assortment of everything necessary for teaching a baby the basics; nesting blocks, finger puppets, books, textured and mirrored flashcards, a story board, one & two piece puzzles, all in a portable and storable carrying case.

20 Aug, 2014
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Best Baby Books

Reading to your baby is a great way to promote early reading skills, build vocabulary, increase attention span and instill a love for books.

More and more research is being released showing the importance of talking and interacting with your baby. In fact, research has shown that children from talkative families may have heard 30 million more words directed to them by age 3 than children from less-talkative families! And the same research study showed that the more words the children had heard by age 3, the better they did on tests of cognitive development.

Sometimes it is difficult to make conversation with a baby - books are a great way to boost your verbal interaction.

When choosing the best baby books, be certain to look for books that have interesting pictures, simple words and rhyming text.

Build a library with the following list of 10 of the classic best baby books

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Pat The Bunny By Dorothy Kunhardt

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed By Eileen Christelow

Tails by Matthew Van Fleet

Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

I Like It When… by Mary Murphy

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Tickle, Tickle by Helen Oxenbury

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Teach My Baby, the multi award winning learning kit for babies 6 months+ contains some of the best baby books because they are simple and perfectly sized for little hands. The Teach My Baby kit is divided into four sections to teach babies - First Words, First Numbers, Self and Sound & Touch. Requiring no batteries or DVDs, the kit has an assortment of everything necessary for teaching a baby the basics; nesting blocks, finger puppets, books, textured and mirrored flashcards, a story board, one & two piece puzzles, all in a portable and storable carrying case.

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Language Development in Children

Most parents are curious about language development in children. Researchers say parents and caregivers can encourage language skills by speaking slowly but naturally. Reading and interacting are the best tips. According to a study from Bryn Mawr College, there are 25 words your toddler should know by the age of 2. It is a simply a checklist and only provides targets for your child.

Language Development In Children: 25 Words Your Toddler Should Know By Age 2  

Mommy
Daddy
Baby
Milk
Juice
Banana
Cookie
More
All gone
Hello
Bye-Bye
Thank You
Yes
No
Not
Dog
Cat
Hat
Bath
Ball
Book
Car
Shoe
Nose
Eye

With another perspective, Lisa van de Geyn, writer for Today’s Parent Magazine says there is no concrete number of words your toddler should know.

Van de Geyn believes language development in children can be affected by word types, late blooming or birth order. For example, some children tend to focus on social words, like “bye-bye” or “thank you,” while others focus on labelling objects, like “car” or “doll” Others just might be late talkers and sometimes older siblings do all the talking!

Encourage language development in children with Teach My Baby First Words. Teach My Baby First Words introduces your baby to the most common first twelve words in the English language. Just 10-20 minutes a day with the award winning Teach My Baby tools and your baby can master their first words! Use the coordinated book and one-piece puzzles together to encourage repetition and interaction in a fun and educational way. The set has everything you need to encourage language development in children and give your baby's literacy skills a head start! 

15 Aug, 2014
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Language Development in Children

Most parents are curious about language development in children. Researchers say parents and caregivers can encourage language skills by speaking slowly but naturally. Reading and interacting are the best tips. According to a study from Bryn Mawr College, there are 25 words your toddler should know by the age of 2. It is a simply a checklist and only provides targets for your child.

Language Development In Children: 25 Words Your Toddler Should Know By Age 2  

Mommy
Daddy
Baby
Milk
Juice
Banana
Cookie
More
All gone
Hello
Bye-Bye
Thank You
Yes
No
Not
Dog
Cat
Hat
Bath
Ball
Book
Car
Shoe
Nose
Eye

With another perspective, Lisa van de Geyn, writer for Today’s Parent Magazine says there is no concrete number of words your toddler should know.

Van de Geyn believes language development in children can be affected by word types, late blooming or birth order. For example, some children tend to focus on social words, like “bye-bye” or “thank you,” while others focus on labelling objects, like “car” or “doll” Others just might be late talkers and sometimes older siblings do all the talking!

Encourage language development in children with Teach My Baby First Words. Teach My Baby First Words introduces your baby to the most common first twelve words in the English language. Just 10-20 minutes a day with the award winning Teach My Baby tools and your baby can master their first words! Use the coordinated book and one-piece puzzles together to encourage repetition and interaction in a fun and educational way. The set has everything you need to encourage language development in children and give your baby's literacy skills a head start! 

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Flying With A Toddler

Flying with a toddler can be a challenge. At Teach My, we always suggest creating a big bag full of surprises. Use new and nearly new small toys and activities to keep your toddler busy through the whole journey. According to Dr Vivian Hill, educational psychologist from the Institute of Education, 'Toys that spark the imagination and encourage creativity, rather than static toys like soft toys and dolls, are proven to keep children occupied for sustained periods.' 

Here is a list of 10 activity-based toys and games that will keep your toddler busy and maintain your sanilty, while flying with a toddler.

1. Stickers: Sticker books take up time and improve fine motor skills. Jazz up the pages of coloring books or plain paper too!

2. Books: Take advantage of the focused time with small board books that teach the alphabet, numbers, shapes, colors

3. Coloring Books: Get the creative juices flowing, while teaching colors and fine motor skills.

4. Crayons: Use the crayons with a coloring book and plain paper. Practice colors and counting too!

5. Plain Paper: Great for drawing letters, numbers, showing the colors of the crayons and free play.

6. Finger Foods: Choose foods that you can count and take a long time to eat: cheerios, carrots and pretzels are perfect!

7. Finger Puppets: Super props for stories, songs and finger games!

8. Magazines: Flip through the pages and pick out letters, numbers, colors and more.

9. Games: Play  I Spy’ with the surroundings or even magazines. Great time to practice colors and numbers!

10. Imagination: Create stories and use things in your bag as props and characters!

Important Tip For Flying With A Toddler

When flying with a toddler, fill a bag with lots of new or nearly new items to keep your toddler entertained and busy for the duration of the trip!

Flying with a toddler? Teach My Toddler, the award winning learning kit is full of activities for on-the-go learning! The kit is divided into four sections to teach a toddler The Alphabet, Numbers, Shapes and Colors. Requiring no batteries or DVDs, the kit has everything necessary for educational play and focused one-on-one time. Teach My Toddler contains fully-coordinated teaching tools such as puzzles, board books, posters and flashcards, all in one portable and storable carrying case.

01 Aug, 2014
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Flying With A Toddler

Flying with a toddler can be a challenge. At Teach My, we always suggest creating a big bag full of surprises. Use new and nearly new small toys and activities to keep your toddler busy through the whole journey. According to Dr Vivian Hill, educational psychologist from the Institute of Education, 'Toys that spark the imagination and encourage creativity, rather than static toys like soft toys and dolls, are proven to keep children occupied for sustained periods.' 

Here is a list of 10 activity-based toys and games that will keep your toddler busy and maintain your sanilty, while flying with a toddler.

1. Stickers: Sticker books take up time and improve fine motor skills. Jazz up the pages of coloring books or plain paper too!

2. Books: Take advantage of the focused time with small board books that teach the alphabet, numbers, shapes, colors

3. Coloring Books: Get the creative juices flowing, while teaching colors and fine motor skills.

4. Crayons: Use the crayons with a coloring book and plain paper. Practice colors and counting too!

5. Plain Paper: Great for drawing letters, numbers, showing the colors of the crayons and free play.

6. Finger Foods: Choose foods that you can count and take a long time to eat: cheerios, carrots and pretzels are perfect!

7. Finger Puppets: Super props for stories, songs and finger games!

8. Magazines: Flip through the pages and pick out letters, numbers, colors and more.

9. Games: Play  I Spy’ with the surroundings or even magazines. Great time to practice colors and numbers!

10. Imagination: Create stories and use things in your bag as props and characters!

Important Tip For Flying With A Toddler

When flying with a toddler, fill a bag with lots of new or nearly new items to keep your toddler entertained and busy for the duration of the trip!

Flying with a toddler? Teach My Toddler, the award winning learning kit is full of activities for on-the-go learning! The kit is divided into four sections to teach a toddler The Alphabet, Numbers, Shapes and Colors. Requiring no batteries or DVDs, the kit has everything necessary for educational play and focused one-on-one time. Teach My Toddler contains fully-coordinated teaching tools such as puzzles, board books, posters and flashcards, all in one portable and storable carrying case.

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