Kids this age are naturally active, so be sure to provide lots of opportunities for your child to practice basic skills, such as running, kicking, and throwing.
Kids go from babies to toddlers during this time, from first steps to walking well. They also make major strides in language and communication.
After learning to recognize your voice, your face, and your touch, your baby will start responding more to you during these months and even give you a smile!
Your infant will learn to sit during this time, and in the next few months will begin exploring by reaching out for objects, grasping and inspecting them.
Play is the primary way that infants learn how to move, communicate, socialize, and understand their surroundings. And during the first month of life, your baby will learn by interacting with you.
Parents can help instill a love of activity and help kids make it a part of their everyday routine.
A preschooler's desire to move, move, move makes this a great time to encourage fitness habits that can last a lifetime.
Being active is a key component of good health for all school-age kids. So how do you get kids motivated to be active, especially those who aren't gifted athletes?
Looking for ways to keep the kids entertained and off the couch when the weather's bad? These quick-and-easy ideas will keep them happy and busy.
Preschoolers have a lot of energy, and the physical skills and coordination to ride a tricycle or chase a butterfly.
Toddlers are learning to talk, to walk and run, and to assert their independence. For many in this age group, "outside" and "play" are common requests.
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Learn why play is so important during the preschool years, and what you can do to foster your child's imagination.
It might look like just child's play, but toddlers are hard at work learning important physical skills as they gain muscle control, balance, and coordination.
Play is the building block of childhood. It teaches kids about their world. Here, learn what activities inspire and motivate, and which toys are not only safer, but smarter, too.
A home filled with reading material is a good way to help kids become enthusiastic readers. Here are some ideas.
Finding time to read is important to developing literacy skills. And there are many easy and convenient ways to make reading a part of every day.
Books make great gifts for kids. Here's how to pick one to fit a child's interests, maturity, and reading level.
For many kids, reading doesn't come easily. But these simple steps can help them become eager readers.
Kids' reading skills don't have to grow cold once school's out. Here are some ways to make reading a natural part of their summer fun.
Reading aloud to your baby stimulates developing senses, and builds listening and memory skills that can help your baby grow up to be a reader.
This general outline describes the milestones on the road to reading and the ages at which most kids reach them.
Regardless of your child's age or reading level, almost every community has programs and resources that are helpful.
From kindergarten through third grade, kids' ability to read will grow by leaps and bounds. Although teachers provide lots of help, parents continue to play a role in a child's reading life.
Reading aloud to your preschooler is a great way to encourage learning development and to help prepare your child for independent reading down the line.
Here are some tips for on-the-spot storytelling when you hear your child plead, "I'm bored! Please tell me a story."
Reading to toddlers lays the foundation for their independent reading later on. Here are some tips.
All toys you select for your baby or toddler should meet safety standards. These tips can help you find safe toys for your little one.
Toys are a fun and important part of any child's development. And there's plenty you can do to make sure all toys are safe.
Is your 10-year-old crying for a pellet gun? How about that used scooter? For help figuring out what toys are safe and appropriate for older kids, read these tips.
How can you tell if a small toy poses a choking risk? What types of unsafe toys should you avoid for your baby, toddler, or preschooler? Find out here.