In the hands of small children, building materials of all sorts are magic. They are emblematic, we often think, of that amazing alchemy of play, imagination and intense learning that goes in the minds of preschoolers. Blocks need no instructions and hardly an introduction to f.... read more
A truck-obsessed preschooler is not hard to spot. He (it's usually a he, though not always, by any means!) is the one pushing a toy truck around at the playground, at the beach, at grandma's house, on play dates, in the car, in the stroller, from room to room, in the bath, and.... read more
Pirates are the dinosaurs of this preschool generation. Yes, the dinos are still as big as ever (literally as well as figuratively), but pirates are all the rage these days, it seems. Pirates and princesses, those are the headlines for birthday parties and Hallo.... read more
If your preschooler is like our preschoolers, then we know that you spend a lot of time reading about, singing about, drawing, and pretending to be animals together. Have you let your little one eat Cheerios off the floor because that's how ponies eat their food? Does your bac.... read more
Do you have a T-Rex at your house? Roaring and stomping about, gnashing his teeth and shaking his head? Or were you blessed with a mild, gentle, even bashful Brontosaurus? Or perhaps you've got a prickly Stegosaurus on your hands? Whichever prehistoric creature your preschoole.... read more
Preschoolers are a passionate lot. Their emotions are intense; their attachments fierce. This is true when it comes to their families, their friends and, not least of all, their play.Parents learn quickly never to get between a toddler and his favorite toy, and maintain a co.... read more
Happiness was the last thing on my mind in October 2009. In fact, it was a foreign concept to me back then. And yet, I never thought that taking a break from my family could lead to me back to my happy place. But a one-bedroom cottage on the coast of North Carolina helped me.... read more
All children know how much to eat: the large child and the small child, the big eater and the small eater. All grow in the often surprising way nature intended. Your child will get hungry, eat, get filled up, and stop eating (even in the middle of a bowl of ice cream). Whether.... read more
Kids, by nature, are happy little beings. They seem to find pleasure in the smallest things -- an empty box, for example, can provide more excitement than the actual toy. A cookie cut in a fun shape is so much yummier than a plain old treat. And a blanket featuring a favorite .... read more
Happiness, they say, is the plaything of children. That may be true, whatever it means, but what is it, then, that makes children happy? You know, so it can be their plaything. Surely their parents, their toys, food and a special blankie or stuffed animal are part of what make.... read more
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