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As parents, we have been handed a truly remarkable creation with no instruction manual! As each day passes, we try to discover which will be the best way to deal with a situation. Since time rushes by so quickly and before you know it, your toddler will be going to school; we know that we […]

Group activities are a great way of stimulating appropriate social skills. They provide opportunities for turn-taking, sharing, communicating and following rules. The activities listed here also focus on development and physical well-being.  Activities to stimulate eye-hand coordination and ball skills: Beach/Park mini-golf: Use beach spades or plastic golf clubs to hit the golf ball. Set […]

Many parents wonder why we persist with parachute activities in our classes when some children obviously don’t like it.  I am sure many of you have heard the term sensory integration bantered around at mom’s gatherings and parties? Sensory integration refers to how people use the information provided by all the sensations coming from within […]

It’s summer and we all love to splash around in water to cool down.  However sometimes water fun comes at a high price.  Did you know that accidental drowning is the leading cause of deaths in children between the ages of 1 – 4 years of age?  Most accidents happen at home in our own […]

From the moment they can see, feel, smell and hear, your baby is learning.  What can you do to help the process along and make sure your baby is getting just the right stimulation?  Toptots Early Learning offers these wonderful tips. 0-3 months: At this age babies can’t grab or move toys around so their […]

Eye-hand coordination refers to the coordinated movement of the eyes and the hands and fingers in tasks like throwing and catching, threading beads, tracing and writing.   Children who have immature eye hand coordination will have difficulty with coordinating their movements in response to what they are seeing.  The following are only a few activities […]

We know that having a routine is important for children in their early developmental years, but let’s unpack why it is so beneficial to their overall level of well-being. Young children do not have a concept of time and thus they cannot judge the passing of minutes, hours and days. The only way they can […]

As parents we spend the first year worrying about our children becoming actively mobile and then generally secondly worrying about their language development or lack thereof.  In most cases there is no need to worry.  The vast majority of children learn language without a problem.  Language or the ability to use language has its own […]

Music in its basic form – rhythm and melody – stimulates brain activity (the release of neurons) in a child’s left and right side of the brain. For example, when a child thinks or talks about the sounds they hear, they only use the left side of their brain. However, when a child engages in […]