What’s one thing that brings people together? Food! And cooking food together is a great way to spend quality time with your kids, plus the entire family can participate! Cooking and baking can also help development in early childhood and even for your baby! Learn how your child can participate in the kitchen and which skills cooking with you can develop. Just always be sure to practice kitchen safety. Keep young children away from sharp knives and hot stoves, and use your best judgment when deciding if your child is ready for a more challenging tasks. With that in mind, let’s get cooking! Continue reading Cooks of All Ages: How Kids Can Help in the Kitchen
Grandma and Grandpa, Memaw and Pawpaw, Nana and Poppy… No matter what the nickname is in your family, many grandparents play an important role in their grandchildren’s lives. Although we feel you should always celebrate grandparents, Grandparents’ Day is officially recognized the Sunday after Labor Day in the U.S. Try these ideas to make Grandparent’s Day extra special this year! Continue reading Ideas to Make Grandparents Day Extra Special
Have you heard of the 3 B’s? Bath, book, and bed. It’s a simple routine that’s great to use each night. Kids thrive off consistency and having routines is important. A bedtime routine is especially helpful because it gives your child cues that it is almost time for them to go to bed. But what other activities can you do?
We absolutely love summer here at Pathways.org because it means we can finally get outside to play! It’s warmer outside, the days are longer, the sky shines brighter…who couldn’t love this? Summer mixes the perfect ingredients together for a great trip to the playground! Continue reading Playgrounds: Much More than Jungle Gyms
Remember what it was like to play all the time? You could be a doctor, or a teacher, or cowboy, or anything you wanted to be. Play allows your child’s imagination to run wild, which is exactly what it should be doing, because playing is great for kids! So let’s break some common misconceptions about play. Continue reading 3 Common Myths about Playtime for Kids
Bath time is a regular part of your child’s routine that sometimes may not be as enjoyable as you would like. But instead of rushing through it, take advantage of bath time by turning it into a fun, sensory activity! Continue reading Rub a Dub Dub: Sensory Fun in the Tub
Play is all about having fun! Any activity, organized or unstructured, your child finds fun and enjoyable is considered play. But play is much more than just a fun activity for your child! As a child grows they go through different stages of play development. Continue reading How Kids Learn to Play: 6 Stages of Play Development
Mother’s Day usually is a day meant for spending time with family! Sometimes this includes bringing kids to restaurants. But dining out with your little one can be tricky! We recently ran a Feeding Tips Contest and asked for the best advice on eating at a restaurant with babies and toddlers. Here are few great tips from moms, for moms, that you can put to use this Mother’s Day and all year long! Continue reading Tips for Bringing Kids to Restaurants
It’s a great idea to make reading aloud part of your family’s daily routine. But did you know that moms and dads can sometimes have different reading styles? Continue reading Did You Know Moms and Dads Read Differently?
The sun is shining bright, flowers are blooming, and summer is right around the corner. Make the most of Earth Day this year by teaching your child how important nature is through fun and engaging outdoor Earth Day activities.
Use the activities listed below to not only make Earth Day fun, but also to promote your child’s development. Continue reading Earth Day Activities