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.

19 October 2012

Plastic lettuce knife for kid-friendly chopping and slicing

In the comments of a recent post on kid-friendly knives, Emma mentioned that her kids safely chop and slice using a plastic lettuce knife.

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18 October 2012

Puke-protect the car seat with Glad Press'n Seal wrap

Jennie turned a wine bottle tote into a portable carsickness cleanup kit. She follows it up with a bit of preventative prep using Glad Press'n Seal wrap. IMPORTANT: Read safety warning on this post.

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17 October 2012

Cheese spreader lets independent preschoolers safely make their own sandwiches

It's a wonderful thing when a kid lets you know he's ready for more independence. Safety can be tricky, though, but Melissa found a happy medium.

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24 September 2012

Tiny food container keeps dice from rolling away

Melissa found this smart dice-rolling tip on Pinterest. (Which makes me wonder for the hundredth time if I should get on Pinterest.)

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18 June 2012

Press’n Seal Art Bib

I love it when Parenthackers pass along great hacks posted elsewhere on the Web!

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04 June 2012

25 May 2012

Removing clothing size labels makes a small kid feel bigger

Here's how Nicole dialed down the get-dressed standoffs with her preschooler.

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24 May 2012

Green food taste test makes trying new vegies fun

So many times, the bigger hurdle isn't the food itself, but the trying of something new.

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15 May 2012

Offer your kid a 'personal day' off after-school activities to prevent foot-dragging

I so admire Natalie's willingness to respect her daughters' feelings while still holding the line about followthrough.

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14 May 2012

"Upgrade" your marble jar with rocks

A marble jar is sort of like a tactile star chart. Dana's hack gives the marble jar even more motivational power.

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10 May 2012

Friendship bracelet helps get a preschooler's shoe on the right foot

Karyn found a great way to support her daughter's independence while building a new skill.

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09 May 2012

Cell phone alarm keeps the family "launch" on time

I have experimented with timers, alarm clocks, and various tones of voice (most of them frustrated) and nothing seems easier or more logical than this.

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03 May 2012

Rolled-up towel keeps kid from rolling out of bed

I love how this hack doesn't require packing anything extra in your suitcase.

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10 April 2012

Kid takes swim vest off while in the pool?

What happens when you combine the stubbornness of a toddler with the increased manual dexterity of a preschooler, then add water? You have a kid who can undo the buckles on his floaty swim vest. Here's how Jennifer staved off the problem (for the next few pool visits at least).

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04 April 2012

Mobile phone alerts help the Tooth Fairy do her job

Kid loses a tooth. Tooth goes under the pillow. Tooth Fairy swaps tooth for money. Everyone's happy! Until the Tooth Fairy forgets.

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