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Why Sensory Play

Posted by Ellie Springer on Aug 10, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Do you see headlines everywhere about sensory play for babies and toddlers? Are you wondering what sensory play is, or why so many people recommend it? Or do you just HATE a mess, and you think that's inevitable with sensory play?

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Topics: Toddlers, Babies, Play, Sensory

Dialogic Reading

Posted by Ellie Springer on Aug 3, 2018 2:00:00 PM

 

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Topics: Toddlers, Preschool, Babies, Playgroup, literacy

Going to the library with your toddler

Posted by Ellie Springer on Jul 27, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Tips on taking your young child to the library:

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Topics: Toddlers, literacy, Community resources

Sorry, Not Sorry

Posted by Ellie Springer on Jul 20, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Often, when adults see a child do something that hurts someone else, intentionally or unintentionally, they immediately admonish the child, "Say you're sorry!"

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Topics: Toddlers, Preschool, Behavior

Social and Emotional Skills for 2- and 3-Year-Olds

Posted by Ellie Springer on Jul 13, 2018 2:00:00 PM

                     

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Topics: Toddlers, Preschool, Social Emotional Skills

Play Dough Recipe

Posted by Ellie Springer on Jul 6, 2018 2:00:00 PM

To make homemade play dough:

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Topics: Toddlers, Preschool, Play

Clean Up Time

Posted by Ellie Springer on Jun 29, 2018 2:00:00 PM

It is often harder to get children to clean up at home than it is in a group setting such as playgroup or school.  The routines at home are more variable, and whatever they are leaving play time to do is usually not as exciting as circle or the playground.

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Topics: Toddlers, Preschool

Sensory Play Ideas

Posted by Ellie Springer on Jun 22, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Materials for a sensory tub:

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Topics: Toddlers, Babies, Play

Sharing

Posted by Ellie Springer on Jun 15, 2018 2:00:00 PM

You hear parents and other adults telling kids all the time, "Share your toys!" But do kids always have to share? And when can they do it without help from an adult and/or throwing a tantrum? 

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Topics: Toddlers, Preschool

Playgroup Songs

Posted by Ellie Springer on Jun 8, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Playgroup Songs:

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Topics: Toddlers, Preschool, Playgroup

First Connections

A Blog to Connect Families with Resources to Foster Health Parenting

Our mission at First Connections is to equip parents with tools, practical strategies, and connections to other families and their communities to foster healthy parenting and guide them through the first years of the parenting journey.

We offer support groups and play groups to families with children from birth to age 8 in the communities of Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Hanscom AFB, Harvard, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Sudbury, and Westford

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