Five Toys With Top-Notch Play Value for 2 and 3 Year Olds

  Home daycare providers need high quality toys that are going to appeal to a wide range of ages and personality types. Toys that are solid and will stand up to repeated play without breaking or wearing out. We need toys that are versatile and can be used for a variety of games. What are…
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Top Ten Toys for Endless Hours of Play -Best Picks for a Home Daycare

  Many daycare providers and preschool teachers wonder:  What types of toys are best?  Which ones will the children play with again and again? Which ones are sturdy enough to last many years of constant wear and tear? Which ones will appeal to multiple age ranges of children? Which ones will be educational?  Which ones…
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How To Get Your Daycare Kids to Nap in 3 Easy Steps

When I first opened up my home daycare I had to figure out how to get multiple children to nap well in the same room.  This was challenging at first but once I discovered the secret of a Sound Machine it was much easier!  Sound machines are also called sleep machines or white noise machines.…
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My #1 Summer Read Recommendation – The 5 Love Languages of Children

This post includes Amazon Affiliate links. As home daycare providers and parents our days are busy.  That is why I only recommend books and products that will improve your life and save you time.  If you find yourself with some down time this summer, I highly recommend The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary…
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Have Babies & Toddlers? Want to Teach Your Preschooler Math Concepts? Not Enough Time? Try A “Learning Walk!”

Are you feeling frustrated because you want to spend more time helping your preschooler count and recognize numbers? Is it impossible to find time to sit down with your preschooler because you also have a toddler or a baby? This is a common scenario for a home daycare provider.  My favourite way to juggle teaching…
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Watch Your Kids Play Happily for Hours With This 3 Step Technique – Today is Step Three!

How do you get your kids to play for so long independently? I can’t get anything done because the children always need my help, how do you manage with all your daycare kids?  These are common questions for new home daycare providers and new parents. Over the years I’ve developed a 3 Step Technique that…
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Watch Your Kids Play Happily for Hours With This 3 Step Technique – Today is Step Two!

Last week I answered a blog follower’s question, “How do you get the kids to play happily for long stretches of time?” with a video about loose parts play.  The video talked about Step One in my 3 Step Technique towards extended independent play. Watch the video here to learn all about the materials needed…
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Want Your Kids to Play Happily for Hours? Try this Simple 3 Step Technique!

A recurring question that I get from my readers is: “How do you get the kids to play happily for long stretches of time?”  There are a couple of key steps to help children play independently for extended periods of time. Step One is to have open ended toys or objects available to the children.…
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How To Prevent Car Sickness Using Peppermint Essential Oil

Do you have a child who suffers from motion sickness? Car sickness can be a real problem for some kids. I’ve had a few children who suffer from it and it can be challenging when you have multiple children in the van. I take my daycare group on many field trips and weekly events so…
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Toddler throwing Toys? These 2 Tips will Help!

Most toddlers go through a phase of development where they find great delight in throwing objects.  A few of them will happily limit this behaviour to just throwing soft balls but the vast majority (at least the ones I’ve known) generalize their behaviour to everything and anything that isn’t nailed down. Some of these junior…
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