Best Building Sets for 2.5 Year Olds

In the past few months, BB has really become interested in building with blocks. Now that he’s 28 months old, he has developed better hand-eye coordination for stacking, more patience for sitting down and creating structures, and he enjoys naming shapes and experimenting with how they fit together. All of the adults in his lifeContinue reading “Best Building Sets for 2.5 Year Olds”

Toddler Science: Baking Soda and Vinegar

Since I left OMSI over the summer, a number of parents have reached out asking for science experiments that they can do with toddlers. Children 18 months – 3 years are at the perfect age for introducing science experiments, because toddlers are naturally curious, enjoy exploring with their senses, and are usually delighted to discoverContinue reading “Toddler Science: Baking Soda and Vinegar”

Aunt Alison’s Chapter Book Dilemma

This week, the oldest daughter of my dear friend is turning 8 years old! I’ve known this family since the very beginning of my time at OMSI – I still remember how confidently three year old M marched right up to me and asked if I (a stranger) would play with her in the forestContinue reading “Aunt Alison’s Chapter Book Dilemma”

Everybody Needs a Nap!

This past week was my first week back with BB after a summer apart, and I feel like he has really transitioned from baby to toddler in that time! Now that he’s a proper two- year-old, he’s speaking in full (5-9 word) sentences and is practicing his new found ability to say NO to justContinue reading “Everybody Needs a Nap!”

Three At-Home Sensory Activities for Kids Under 3

Toddlers love to explore their senses. Sensory exploration is excellent for building neural pathways in our brains and helping us learn more about the world around us. Most importantly, it can be a fun way for toddlers to play. Here are a couple of my favorite sensory activities to play with kids under three. HomemadeContinue reading “Three At-Home Sensory Activities for Kids Under 3”