Category Archives: Toddlers

Infant/Toddler Teething Rings

I don’t usually write posts for or about the little ones enrolled in our baby home, but I found the coolest item when I took my 14 year old to see her pediatrician this morning.  The teething ring/toddler toothbrush pictured above was in the display cabinet.   What a great way to help a child become accustomed to inserting a toothbrush in his/her mouth.  And yes, I know toddlers will put anything into their mouths, but when it comes to brushing many will fight it.  I should know as the 14 year old was a prime example of a toddler/preschooler who fought the toothbrushing and dental visits.  It cost me a $50.00 Tinkerbell Halloween costume to get the first dental xrays!  And that was after several visits where she refused to put the films in her mouth.  Our dentist eventually sent films home for her to practice with!

While looking for these teething rings online I came across Dental Care for Infants and Children.  It addresses the importance of caring for baby teeth.   Through all the years of operating our child care homes I have seen a few cases of children’s teeth becoming decayed to the point where those children had to endure preventable dental work.  For this reason Little Pandas Preschool encourages parents to wean their children off bottles as soon as possible.  While at school children consume all liquids and food at the table and are not permitted to carry those items into the play areas.

I found the teething rings at 900-902 Infant Safety Brushes – Tess Oral Health – Infant brush, Brush teether combo brush, Safety toothbrush.  I’ll have to  do some more research to see if I can find a site where they can be purchased in smaller quantities.  They may be available from your child’s pediatrician or dentist.

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Bean Bag Colors

The toddler class played with color today and matched bean bags with construction paper.  

While learning to recognize colors the toddlers are also beginning to learn about teamwork.

After lots of practice matching the bean bags with the construction paper the toddlers were ready to find matching objects in their classroom.

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Toddler Activities

The toddlers played with gel bags.  The idea was found at Teach Preschool and helps to develop fine motor skills that will be needed later for learning to write.  

The children can draw designs on the bags or move the objects inside with their fingers.

The toddler class sponge painted with red and yellow paint.  Fall leaves will be cut from the paintings to decorate their classroom.

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Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles

The toddlers made strawberry yogurt popsicles to share with their friends.

They blended vanilla yogurt, orange juice, a bit of sugar, and fresh strawberries in a bowl.  The mixture was poured into paper cups and frozen for afternoon snack.

The babies loved the toddler’s popsicles!

The toddlers joined the older kids at the preschool house to share their popsicles.

Strawberry Popsicle Recipe

  • 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 tbs sugar
  • 3 ounce paper cups
  • popsicle sticks

Blend all ingredients in bowl until smooth.  Pour into molds and freeze.  Makes 6 servings.

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Baby Winter Paintings at Daycare

We’re enjoying winter at the baby home. As part of our winter theme the children painted with different shades of blue. They had a great time trying out the paint brushes and seeing the color spread across the paper.


The Babies Made Pinecone Ornaments

Yesterday the babies enjoyed making pine cone ornaments. They had a lot of fun painting the pine cones with glue and then rolling them in bowls of beautiful glitter!


Apple Painting at the Baby Home

On Monday and Tuesday the children at the baby home had fun painting with real apples! The babies really enjoyed putting their hands in the paint and using the apples as stamps to make designs on their papers!

~Teacher Kimberly


Sidewalk Chalk

We had a lot of fun this morning at the baby house using sidewalk chalk. The boys really enjoyed spreading the colors across the pavement. It was wonderful watching them make lines and circles with many different colors.



Painting with our Feet!

On Wednesday and Thursday of last week we really enjoyed painting with our FEET! The children had a lot of fun feeling the textures in their toes, sliding on the paper, and watching the colors mix together. It was a great outdoor project!

Teacher Kimberly

Musikgarten at the Baby Home

We have really been enjoying the new Musikgarten classes with Amber. The children love dancing, shaking bells, and using the rhythm sticks. Its very cute to watch the babies shaking their heads to the beat of the music and clapping along with a song. We are very excited to have this a part of our daily program.

Teacher Kimberly