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Parenting Resources From ZERO TO THREE

January 2014 Edition

What exciting activities do you   have planned for 2014? Get inspired by checking out ZERO TO THREE’s resource   titled A Year of Play, with   playtime, reading, and language activities for each month of the year. Young   children learn through play—when they are engaged, challenged, and having   fun, they are learning!


January is a time when many of us   resolve to eat better and exercise more. Why leave your baby or toddler out   of the fun? Learn how you can establish your child’s healthy eating habits   from the start. Plus check out some great tips for managing mealtimes with   “picky eaters.” Browse our booklet Healthy From the Start by clicking   one of the following links: English | Spanish


Do you know a young child who has   been impacted by divorce or separation? ZERO TO THREE has developed a one-page resource   to help parents, grandparents, and caregivers understand the impact of   divorce on young children and learn how they can support young children’s   healthy development during this period of transition. To view and print a   longer booklet on divorce and separation from ZERO TO THREE (with an   associated $4.99 download fee), visit this direct link to our   bookstore.


Birth to 12 Months:  Make a snow sensory bottle for your baby. Fill a small water bottle halfway with   water. Add glitter (as much as you’d like) and food coloring (if you wish).   Then fill the bottle the rest of the way with clear corn syrup or baby oil.   Finally, hot glue or Superglue the bottle top shut (don’t forget this step!).   Show your baby how to tip the bottle back and forth to watch the “snow” move   through the bottle. Toys like this give your baby a chance to practice   grasping and finger/hand control. It also introduces the concept of cause and   effect (“If I move the bottle, the glitter will move too!”).

12-24 Months: Make a   snowy obstacle course. Line up cushions of different heights   and sizes (pillows, couch cushions, and more) along the floor. Cover the   whole area with a flat white sheet. Encourage your baby or toddler to crawl   or climb over this “snowy” landscape. Games like this give your child a   chance to use upper and lower body strength, and develop coordination and   motor planning skills as well.

24-36 Months: Have an   indoor snowball fight. Fold up 10 pairs of socks into balls   (or use white pompoms). Guide your child to sort the balls into two piles (5   in each pile). When she is done, point to each ball and count aloud, modeling   how to count to 5. Toss the balls at each other or try to toss them into a   box or laundry basket. Run around and gather up the balls as fast as you can   and start again! This kind of game gets your toddler moving during the cold   winter months and also provides a chance to practice early math skills in a   fun, age-appropriate way.

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