Ages 2 - 3
Parenting Playbook

[Your curated roadmap for navigating the most essential skills and common hurdles of raising children. Learn what to Know + Do + Buy from early childhood experts.

Skills Guide - Evidence-based insights paired with practical tools you can immediately use with your child.
Learning Toys - Expertly sourced toys that have purpose.]

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Skills Guide
Choosing a Preschool – Part 1: What to Look for in a Classroom

Trying to figure out what to look for in a preschool and which questions to ask when visiting schools? Learn...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Choosing a Preschool – Part 1: What to Look for in a Classroom
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Choosing a Preschool – Part 2: Questions to Ask a Preschool

Are you in the midst of visiting preschools and trying to decipher what to look for in a classroom and...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Choosing a Preschool – Part 2: Questions to Ask a Preschool
Ages
2-3,
3-4
How to Encourage Language Development

Easy things you can do every day to encourage your toddler to use more language. *Note – Suggestions in this article...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
How to Encourage Language Development
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
FAQ: How Do I Know if My Child Needs Speech Therapy?

We’re often asked, “How do I know if my child needs speech therapy?” First, listen to your instincts. If you...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
FAQ: How Do I Know if My Child Needs Speech Therapy?
Ages
2-3,
3-4
A Montessori Approach to Learning Language

Learn the Montessori approach to learning language and how to apply it every day.

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
A Montessori Approach to Learning Language
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
Different Ways of Learning

“It’s not about how smart you are, it’s about how you are smart.” -Howard Gardner

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
Different Ways of Learning
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
Sensory Processing Development 101

‘Sensory processing development’ is vital to understanding how children learn. It is deeply studied among early childhood experts, but not...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Sensory Processing Development 101
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
How to Teach Empathy

“Empathy is when you’re able to understand and care about how someone else is feeling.” -Mark Ruffalo, Sesame Street

Ages
3-4,
4-5
How to Teach Empathy
Ages
3-4,
4-5
How to Share – Part 1: Why Share?

Simply saying “Share!” holds little meaning for children. Young children are egocentric and concrete thinkers. Their experience of the world...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
How to Share – Part 1: Why Share?
Ages
2-3,
3-4
How to Share – Part 2: Some Helpful Rules

Conflict is natural for preschoolers who are just learning about peers and group settings – it is expected, healthy and...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
How to Share – Part 2: Some Helpful Rules
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Transitions: Part 1 – Why Transitions Are So Hard

#1 daily challenge with children: How to get from A to Z without fighting, yelling or throwing a tantrum? Learn why...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Transitions: Part 1 – Why Transitions Are So Hard
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Transitions: Part 2 – How to Get Through Peacefully

Knowing why transitions are difficult is half the puzzle. The other half is how to get through them. Teachers go...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Transitions: Part 2 – How to Get Through Peacefully
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Tantrums – Part 1: What’s Going On?

Children experience emotions just like adults, but they need support and guidance to: 1) Understand their emotions; and 2) Make...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Tantrums – Part 1: What’s Going On?
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Tantrums – Part 2: What You Could Do

Tantrums are hard to manage – for everyone. Here’s our checklist for what to do…in the first 5 minutes.

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Tantrums – Part 2: What You Could Do
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Tantrums – Part 3: What You Could Say

The reality is we have no control over when our child calms down. Parenting and teaching is not quick and...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Tantrums – Part 3: What You Could Say
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Tantrums – Part 4: Before and After

It takes work and repetition, but indeed, there are things that can be done to pre-empt a tantrum and ways...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Tantrums – Part 4: Before and After
Ages
2-3,
3-4
How to Teach Letter Identification

Some children are naturally drawn to learning letters, while others may not begin to learn letter identification until they are...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
How to Teach Letter Identification
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
How to Teach General Math Concepts

Many parents are eager to teach their children basic number concepts at a young age. For a 2-year old, exposure...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
How to Teach General Math Concepts
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
How to Teach Math Basics: Part 1 – Talk Numbers

Take every opportunity to count…anything, everything! It may feel common sense to us grown-ups, but fluency in talking about numbers...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
How to Teach Math Basics: Part 1 – Talk Numbers
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
How to Teach Math Basics: Part 2 – Counting

Learning to count may seem simple, but it is critical to learning well. Here’s how to do it playfully. The...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
How to Teach Math Basics: Part 2 – Counting
Ages
3-4,
4-5
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
Learning Toys
Playme Pat Bells

Made for little hands. A great first instrument. And for your full band….hand bells, glockenspiel, accordion.

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Wow Factor
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
Playme Pat Bells
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Wow Factor
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
Camper Playhouse

Road trip adventures from the comfort of home. Clever patchwork and embroidered details (like awning and curtains) bring play to...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Camper Playhouse
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Food Truck Playhouse

BBQ theme on one side, ice cream on the other. Yes, it’s true! Thank goodness for artful details. Take it...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Food Truck Playhouse
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Box Tool Kit

Ideal for on-the-go; bonus points for easy clean-up. Hocus pocus – this and this also open up to creative, portable...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Creativity + Imagination
Box Tool Kit
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Creativity + Imagination
Galaxy Rocket Adventure Cape Costume Kit

A rocket on your back? Let your imagination run wild…literally!

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Creativity + Imagination
Galaxy Rocket Adventure Cape Costume Kit
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Creativity + Imagination
Super Saxoflute

Create your own musical instrument. Apologies now for the sweet “music” you’ll hear! Can’t stop the feeling? Try this trumpet,...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Creativity + Imagination
Super Saxoflute
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Creativity + Imagination
Workbench Trolley

A wooden trolley in the shape of a truck with magnetic tools…say what?!

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Creativity + Imagination
Workbench Trolley
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Creativity + Imagination
Safari Bowling Set

A fun way to develop hand-eye coordination and cognitive life skills.

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Safari Bowling Set
Ages
2-3,
3-4
City Building Blocks

Thoughtfully designed blocks; and on a grander scale.

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Creativity + Imagination
City Building Blocks
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Creativity + Imagination
Singing Machine

Open mic session – belt out that inner voice! A more playful version of an articulation station. For the songwriter...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Singing Machine
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Activity Tree for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Bring the beloved Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to life. An active way of learning the alphabet. And these magnetic letters – foundational...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Creativity + Imagination
Activity Tree for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Creativity + Imagination
Sign Language Blocks

A truly universal gift. Bilingualism of any language (whether signed or spoken) enhances cognitive processes – like higher executive function,...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
Sign Language Blocks
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
Bonk Fit Punching Bag

For all those wiggles, tears and tantrums. Or find your zen. Lots more useful tools here.

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Bonk Fit Punching Bag
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Emotion Stones

For when you just can’t find the words. Excellent for your personal Helper Green Basket. A Worry Eater can also...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Emotion Stones
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Feelings Friend

Make learning facial vocabulary fun. Great for self-awareness, self-control and self-expression. Another classroom favorite for all mixed feelings.

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Feelings Friend
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Royal Family Puppets

Work through big feelings with this character set. Or try modeling behavior with Jolly Helpers.

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Royal Family Puppets
Ages
2-3,
3-4
My Family Builders Dolls

Just like your child, just like your family; create your one-of-a-kind character.

Ages
2-3,
3-4
My Family Builders Dolls
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Goobi Juniors Construction Set

An essential for any STEAM curriculum. But these have an undeniable coolness factor. P.S. – STEAM = Science, technology, engineering, arts,...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Critical Thinking
Creativity + Imagination
Goobi Juniors Construction Set
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Critical Thinking
Creativity + Imagination
Three Little Piggies Game

Early intro to core executive functions – logic, problem-solving and planning. Great for small hands and for developing spatial visualization....

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Three Little Piggies Game
Ages
3-4,
4-5
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