3-5 Years

The preschool years are full of discovery and delight as kids continue to grow and explore their world.

Here, you'll find hacks relevant to these years, including:

...and more! Scroll down for our most recent tips.

Don't forget to check the All Ages archive for more great hacks.

04 July 2014

Turn a binder + pencil pouches into a portable travel play kit

Jen of Mama Papa Bubba turned a binder and a set of pencil pouches into a sweet portable activity kit for little travelers.

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03 July 2014

01 July 2014

Kill viruses on wooden toys by freezing them

If you've ever witnessed the single-minded furvor with which some toddlers play with their Thomas the Tank Engine train sets, this hack merits a spot in your regular rotation.

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27 March 2014

Dip Easter Eggs Into Dye Using a Whisk

Wedge blown eggs into a wisk for effortless dip-dyeing! *forehead smack of brilliance*

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07 March 2014

When your kids go to school for the first time: how do you handle it?

I was a guest on the One Bad Mother podcast, on which I offered hosts Biz and Theresa what I hope is encouraging Minimalist Parenting-inspired advice about sending kids to school for the first time.

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04 December 2013

New book gently makes the "farm to fork" connection for kids [author interview + giveaway]

Farm animals in children's books aren't anything new. But this just-released book leaves the bucolic imagery behind and provides kids (and parents) something different: a humorous, balanced -- but clear -- connection between farm animals and the food we eat.

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06 November 2013

Classroom birthday treats that include students with dietary restrictions? Talk amongst yourselves.

Most of us with school-aged kids have faced this dilemma in one form or another. Classroom birthdays, school holiday parties...when food is involved, things get complicated. What to do?

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04 November 2013

29 October 2013

Self-serve Halloween candy for trick-or-treaters: yes or no?

How do you "treat" trick-or-treaters when nobody's home to hand out candy? Self-serve or lights out?

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28 October 2013

"Are outdoor trampolines really that unsafe?" Talk amongst yourselves.

Is getting an outdoor trampoline is a brilliant idea...or a disastrous one? Let's help Ann figure it out.

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16 October 2013

Calm out of control tantrums with the "cross-body pat"

The word "tantrum" is misleading, because it brings up images of a foot-stamping Veruca Salt when she doesn't get her way. But we're talking about when something triggers a kid's fight-or-flight response. At these times, there literally is no thinking, just reaction, and it's intense.

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18 September 2013

Opening birthday presents after the party? Capture the moment for the thank you note.

Best of both worlds: kid opens present after the party, and giver gets the pleasure of seeing the response.

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16 September 2013

How to open gifts at a birthday party without making guests feel awkward

Ellen's simple, thoughtful solution for opening birthday gifts at a party is mindful of everyone involved: the honoree, the guests, and their parents.

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13 September 2013

Free email workshop "Beyond Baby" launches this weekend

Meagan Francis, creator of one of my favorite sites, The Happiest Home, is launching a free 20-week email workshop this weekend, and now's your chance to be a part of the inaugural group. Beyond Baby is for moms who are moving out of the baby phase and are looking for...

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02 July 2013

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