Children’s Books About Kindness

Reading is a wonderful way to spend time with kids, and the learning opportunities are endless. I’ve been reading to my daughter since we brought her home from the hospital. In the first year, it helps build language comprehension, and the images offer wonderful stimulation for growing brains. Between the age of one and two,Continue reading “Children’s Books About Kindness”

Daniel Tiger Mix and Match Game

I’m always on the lookout for new activities for my daughter, especially ones that are easily portable and can offer entertainment on-the-go. My daughter is a huge fan of Daniel tiger, so I was pretty excited when I found this printable Daniel Tiger Mix and Match game on the CBC website. I printed the sheets, cutContinue reading “Daniel Tiger Mix and Match Game”

Rainbow Carnation Science Experiment

I remember doing this as a child and being fascinated, and I love finding fun ways to introduce science to my toddler, so I was excited to do this experiment with her. We bought a small bouquet of white carnations and added food colouring to six glasses of water, making each glass a different colour ofContinue reading “Rainbow Carnation Science Experiment”

Rainbow Art – Tissue Paper Bleeding

My daughter is currently into everything rainbow, so we were delighted when our recent Kiwico Koala Crate arrived and the theme was Rainbows. If you aren’t familiar with Kiwico, they offer a subscription service focused on science and art for kids 0-16+. We’re really big fans! Our Rainbow Koala Crate came with three great artsContinue reading “Rainbow Art – Tissue Paper Bleeding”

3D Paper Rainbow (with bonus science experiment)

We’re currently going through a major “everything rainbow” phase in our house – ever since we got our rainbow themed Kiwico Koala Crate in February, my daughter has been obsessed with rainbows. I love themed crafts, and who doesn’t love rainbows, so I’ve embraced the obsession (from breakfast to bath and bed time) and thisContinue reading “3D Paper Rainbow (with bonus science experiment)”

Even small hands can be helping hands

It’s never too early to start helping kids learn to pitch in around the house. We are a family and we share the responsibility of keeping our home tidy, clean, and organized. In the words of Daniel Tiger, “Everyone is big enough, big enough to do something.” Ever since my daughter was one year old,Continue reading “Even small hands can be helping hands”

Dental Hygiene Part 2: Flossing

Flossing is tricky to teach to a toddler, so I wanted to find a fun way to help my daughter understand how to do it properly and practice. Here’s what we used: Construction paper (pink for the mouth and red for the tongue) Scissors Black marker Glue (I used a glue gun, but white glueContinue reading “Dental Hygiene Part 2: Flossing”

Dental Hygiene Part 1: Brushing

It’s one thing to teach kids about the importance of brushing our teeth morning and night, but helping them grasp how to do it properly can be challenging. As my daughter wants to be more and more independent, she’s no longer so keen to let me brush her teeth for her, so I found myselfContinue reading “Dental Hygiene Part 1: Brushing”

Cheers! Teaching moments during a tea party

Raising a toddler girl means tea parties are a frequent occurrence in my day-to-day life. Sometimes they’re very elaborate with many (stuffed) attendees, sometimes they’re really simple with just the two of us, either way they’re always lots of fun. Like so many of our games together, these tea parties are filled with learning opportunities: WeContinue reading “Cheers! Teaching moments during a tea party”

Raising Friendly Flyers

Flying with young kids can be exciting and challenging; it’s also a great opportunity to encourage courteousness. Here are some of our family’s habits when flying: Take a moment to smile and say “hi” to the flight crew as we board; it’s a simple gesture that is often overlooked Use our “library voice” to beContinue reading “Raising Friendly Flyers”