35 Fun Activities to Do with Your Toddler At Home

Toddler activities for home

You’re not really a parent to a toddler until you’ve thought:

“What the heck am I supposed to do with my kid all day?”

The easiest ways to keep a toddler busy and wear them out usually involve going outside. Going to parks, riding bikes, playing in the yard, etc.

But what if you’re stuck inside with a toddler? What are the best toddler activities you can do at home?

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65 Reward Ideas for Kids (And brain-science explained)

Parenting isn’t all that hard.

(Sarcasm incoming!)

There’s really nothing to it except:

  • Keeping your child alive
  • Making sure they’re properly fed
  • Getting them enough sleep
  • Helping them do well in school
  • Teaching them to be good, moral people

You know. Just those couple of little things.

And when it comes to getting your child to do, or not do, the things you need them to on their way to becoming fully-functioning and healthy adults, you often need a two-pronged approach.

You can use rewards, and you can use punishments or consequences.

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9+ Ways to Be a Better Dad According to Science

Dads matter.

You probably already knew that, and so did I.

But don’t take it from me. Because the science on the subject is clear as day.

Children with good, loving, actively involved fathers have better outcomes in life.

They:

  • Have healthier relationships
  • Make more money & have more career success
  • Have less psychological problems
  • And often have higher IQs than their peers

That’s not to denigrate single mothers! Or lesbian couples! And it doesn’t doom kids who grow up without a father for one reason or another.

But if you’re alive and well, you owe it to your kids to be the best possible father you can be.

The question is: How exactly can you be a better dad?

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The 49 Best Middle Names for Scarlett

Best middle names for Scarlett

People spend HOURS and HOURS researching the perfect name for their new baby.

And can you blame them?

Your first name winds up having a big influence on how people see you as you grow up, and even how you see yourself.

But can middle names get a little bit of love?! They can sometimes wind up being an afterthought, leaving parents-to-be scrambling at the eleventh hour to think of a good one.

That’s why I’ve been putting together my guide to picking middle names. So with a quick glance, you can find the perfect middle name to go with any first name you might choose!

Without any further ado, here are the best middle names for a girl named Scarlett (or Scarlet).

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Sophia

Best middle names for Sophia

Expecting your new baby is extremely exciting, and you probably want everything to be perfect. This is why you want to take your time deciding on your baby’s name. 

The name that you choose for your child is a major decision, and it probably will end up having a lot to do with how she’ll view herself.

It’s no wonder that people can lose so much time stressing over finding the perfect name. The only problem is if you spend so much time thinking about the first name, sometimes the middle name can become an afterthought!

That’s why I’ve been putting together my How To Pick A Middle Name series. So with a quick glance, you can find the perfect middle name for your daughter!

Without any further ado, here are the best middle names for a girl named Sophia.

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The 49 Best Middle Names for Evelyn

Best middle names for Evelyn

If you’re expecting, then the odds are good that you’re devoting a lot of your time to finding the perfect name for your bundle of joy. 

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a person’s name plays a major role in her life, and influences how others will see her. 

This is why people spend endless hours searching Google for an idea about what they should name their new baby. People spend so much time looking for a first name, in fact, that the middle name can get lost in the mix. 

That’s why I’ve been putting together my guides to choosing the perfect middle name for any first name. So with a quick glance, you can find the perfect middle name for your daughter!

Without any further ado, here are the best middle names for a girl named Evelyn.

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Every Letter Makes A Sound Song (Listen & Full Lyrics)

Every Letter Makes A Sound song lyrics

You might remember this one from when you were a kid.

But either way, get ready to have it drilled into your head because Pre-K-ers around the country are learning it now!

My daughter came home singing something called “Every Letter Makes a Sound” recently, so I had to look it up and find out where it came from (plus I wanted to be sure I had all the lyrics right so I could sing along).

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Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Light (Lyrics & Actions)

Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Light song

Ever since my daughter started pre-kindergarten, she’s been learning a ton of new songs and nursery rhymes.

Some of them I’ve heard of, but a lot are completely new to me!

The other day in the car, we stopped at a red light coming home from school, and she started singing…

“Twinkle, twinkle, traffic light…”

What is the Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Lights song and what are the full lyrics?

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A Ram Sam Sam (Kid’s Song): Full Lyrics & Meaning

Ram Sam Sam song

A few weeks ago, my daughter came home from pre-k singing a new song.

It went…

“A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam, guli guli guli guli guli, ram sam sam…”

It also had these hand movements that went along with the seemingly nonsensical lyrics. And she LOVED it! She seriously loved this song and insisted on teaching it to us.

And it’s been firmly lodged in my brain ever since.

So what is the A Ram Sam Sam song, what are the real lyrics, and where does it come from / what does it mean?

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Artkive vs Shutterfly: Which is better for preserving kids art?

Artkive vs Shutterfly photobooks

When it comes to organizing your child’s artwork, one of my favorite solutions is to turn the best pieces into a photobook.

(Though you’ll still probably have a ton of them that need to go in boxes or portfolios somewhere. Or, sadly, even into the garbage… You can’t keep them all!)

I’ve used Artkive in the past with great success (here’s my Artkive review). You just mail in as many pieces of art as you want, and a few weeks later you’ll receive an absolutely gorgeous hardcover book with high-quality photos of each of the pieces. (You’ll get the art back, too, if you want.)

But you can also DIY this process by using a service like Shutterfly.

So when it comes to Artkive vs Shutterfly, which is better for making photo books of your kid’s artwork?

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Is the Casper mattress good for a toddler? (Safety explained)

Casper toddler mattress

My daughter recently outgrew her crib and toddler bed.

She’s only 4 years old!

I was totally shocked one night to walk in and see her toes and head both nearly bumping up against their respective edges of the bed.

(We bought a Pottery Barn Larkin convertible. It started as a crib and converted into a toddler bed.)

From there, the bed needed to convert straight into a full-size bed.

So suddenly, without much warning, we needed to buy a much larger mattress.

After an absolute ton of research we ended up going with a Nectar Sleep mattress, which has been amazing and incredibly affordable, but some customer service issues left me kind of wishing we had gone another way.

I found myself wishing we had just sprung for a Casper mattress for our toddler, instead. I have owned one as an adult and they are absolutely terrific mattresses from a great company that’s a pleasure to work with.

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Quinn (Boy or Girl)

Best middle names for Quinn

One of the biggest decisions new parents face when they find out that they are expecting is what to name their new baby.

It’s definitely not a decision to be taken lightly, especially since your child’s name has a big influence on how others see him or her.

(Some studies claim that your name can affect your personality and even the shape of your face!)

It should come as no surprise then that people spend hours upon hours scrolling through Google search results in pursuit of the perfect name for their child. The only problem is that people spend so much time trying to find the perfect first name, that the middle name is often an afterthought.

That’s why I’ve been putting together my How To Pick A Middle Name series. So with a quick glance, you can find the perfect middle name for your son or daughter!

Scroll down this post to find a list of the best middle names for a girl OR boy named Quinn.

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