Resource: Feeling Faces: Happy, Sad, Angry, Scared

Name it so you can tame it! Use these images to help children identify the four core emotions of Happy, Sad, Angry, and Scared. This download includes one letter-sized color print for each of the core Feeling Buddies. Feeling Buddies AGE Ages 2 and older HELPS WITH Self-regulation Emotional awareness Fussing and fits Self-control Emotional intelligence Social-emotional learning USE Classroom Home Parent night Staff training FORMAT Instructions Four letter-sized, single-sided, color printouts MATERIALS Color printouts … Read more

Tips to help with decision making when purchasing toys

Brenna Hassinger-Das and Jennifer M. Zosh Pace University, Penn State | THE CONVERSATION Tips to Help with Decision Making When Purchasing Toys   Picking out a baby toy – whether it’s for your own child or a friend’s kid or the child of a family member – can be overwhelming. Although Americans spend $20 billion a year on baby toys, it’s difficult to know which toy will be fun, educational and developmentally appropriate. The options seem … Read more

Easy Ways to Help Your Child Develop Their Problem-Solving Skills

Helping your child develop their problem-solving skills problem-solving skills is important for developing critical thinking skills. Problem-solving skills also provide children with a foundation for decision making, logical reasoning, categorizing, negotiation, and creativity. Tips for supporting your child’s problem-solving skills: Use everyday moments Ask open-ended questions Read books and tell stories Model problem-solving   Here are some activities you can enjoy at home with your child to support the development of their problem-solving skills: Infants Play … Read more

How to Support Your Child’s Social-Emotional Development

Also referred to as childhood mental health, social and emotional development involves a child’s ability to experience and appropriately express a range of emotions. Social emotional development also includes how a child develops healthy relationships with others and actively explores their environment.   How can you support your child’s social and emotional development? May 21st is World Baking Day! Below are some baking-themed activities you can do with your child to support their social and … Read more

How to Support Your Child’s Fine Motor Skill Development

Fine motor skills help children perform important tasks such as feeding themselves, grasping and picking up objects, and using something to write with. Developing fine motor skills in a child’s early years helps them accomplish self-care, such as buttoning or zipping up their clothing, tying their shoes, and brushing their teeth. Performing these fine motor tasks helps build their self-esteem and confidence.   Activities to help support your child’s fine motor development: Infants: Add a … Read more