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.

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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10 January 2013

Add a mostly-spillproof lid to any cup with Glad Press'n Seal wrap

When Donna saw the Press'n Seal Art Bib, she sent a great hack for making quick, temporary cup lids.

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19 December 2012

Kid-friendly baking hack: Mix cookie dough in a handled pot instead of a mixing bowl

Cookie-makers rejoice! Tracy's hack is about to make your baking life a lot easier.

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14 December 2012

12 December 2012

A beautiful way to visually connect chores to allowance

We all know this: what works for one family doesn't work for another. Such is the case with motivation systems, star charts, and other ways of tracking and rewarding chores.

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15 November 2012

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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