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.

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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14 March 2012

17 February 2012

13 February 2012

Valentine hearts letter match game

Marie of Make and Takes came up with a sweet way to encourage kids to "love" the alphabet.

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09 February 2012

Printable Valentine cards for "smarties"

A cute, free, printable Valentine card + a classic (retro, even!) candy. SWEET.

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08 February 2012

Printable Valentine cards: Robot Hearts

Look at these adorable classroom valentines Christy made! Not only did she point to them from the Parent Hacks Facebook page, she's invited anyone to print, cut and distribute at will.

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03 February 2012

Make a heart stamp out of a toilet paper roll

That's a TOILET PAPER ROLL. With paint on it! I've seen this before but now I'm impressed all over again.

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25 January 2012

New favorite craft material: polymer clay

Polymer clay (such as Sculpey and Fimo) has everything going for it: it's inexpensive, widely-available, versatile, long-lasting, easy to use, easy to clean up, and open to endless interpretation.

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23 January 2012

Perfect first baking project: Blondies

I stumbled onto a recipe for Mark Bittman's Blondies over the weekend, and I hereby dub it The Perfect Recipe for a New Baker.

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