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.

26 June 2013

13 June 2013

One mom's DIY approach to summer: "structure, not scheduling"

The summer plan is structured, not scheduled. Sounds lovely, but what does it really look like, day to day?

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07 June 2013

Separate eggs with an empty plastic water bottle

Photo credit: Ippinka.com That's right, you can separate eggs by slurping the yolk into a clean, empty water bottle. It may not be easier than separating eggs the old fashioned way, but it will certainly keep the kids entertained in the kitchen. → Read the full post (and watch a...

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04 June 2013

29 May 2013

Add water flavoring to medicine to make it more palatable for kids

Meagan's found a way to make the medicine go down a little easier for her kids.

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13 May 2013

Managing kids' computer use using built-in parental controls

I appreciate this hack from Melissa -- simply, how her family uses the parental controls built into her computer's operating system to manage her kids' computer use. It's easy to overlook the tools we already have right at our fingertips.

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15 April 2013

Wrap homemade burritos in foil to make them easier for little kids to eat

Carrie's solution for little kids + burritos has been in use at taquerias forever, but at home it changed everything.

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10 April 2013

Motivate struggling readers with joke books, comics and other "junky" reads

Dana's simple hack of using humor to dial down reading anxiety for her son Wenxin could apply to any struggling reader.

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01 April 2013

A simple hack for forgetful Tooth Fairies

Does the Tooth Fairy sometimes forget about your kids' lost teeth? Yeah, same here. Well, Meagan Francis of The Happiest Mom and The Kitchen Hour podcast has come up with a solution.

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11 March 2013

Cut sandwiches and toast into strips to reduce "jelly mouth"

What is it about "bite-sized" food that makes it so irresistible?

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04 March 2013

Ice cream cones as seedling starter cups

This hack, which I came across on Design Mom, will practically guarantee your kids will be excited about the garden.

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27 February 2013

Clothing-shaped drawer labels show kids where to put away their clothes

Susan's brilliant labeling brainstorm helps her kids get their laundry put away.

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26 February 2013

Labels for pre-readers? Use photo stickers!

Isa's two-line hack is an organizing revelation for parents whose kids can't yet read labels.

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13 February 2013

Easy chocolate cake kids can bake by themselves

A super-simple chocolate cake recipe kids can bake (and clean up after) themselves.

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11 February 2013

Glow stick magic wand Valentines

Another adorable idea for homemade Valentines where the treat isn't candy: it's a mini glow stick.

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