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15 Bucket List Activities for Toddlers in Kansas City

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Are you looking for things to do with your toddler in the Kansas City area? Here are 15 activities around Kansas City you don’t want to miss!

If you are looking for activities to do at home you can see my post 50 Outdoor Activities to do with your Toddler. However, we all know sometimes you just need to get out of the house!

If you are a mom, grandparent, or babysitter these are great ideas to get you out and about!

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Teaching Preschool Skills with Playdough

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As a mom and preschool teacher, I love to find new ways to teach foundational skills to my kids. I get especially excited when I find something that can be used to teach many different skills at once. That is why I love using Play-Doh so much! You can use to teach letters, numbers, counting, colors, shapes, sorting, and size!  Yes, it can be a little messy at times, but I have found that if you set a few simple ground rules, the kids do just fine with it. Download my poster Play-Doh Rules as a reminder for your kiddos! Learning Through PlayMany of the examples I will give below are for teaching foundational skills. The key word here is teaching. Meaning you are interacting and playing with your child. At this age, teaching can be playing with, talking to, copying, and interacting with your toddler or preschooler. Kids LEARN through PLAY! This is something adults tend to forget. Their knowledge is expanding through every activity, game, or interaction they have each day. So, while you might feel like you are just playing, your child is LEARNING!! With that said, your child also learns a lot…

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The Benefits of Using Sign Language with your Baby or Toddler

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Have you ever been at a loss about what your toddler wants, where they are hurt, or why they are having a tantrum? Chances are, your answer is yes. It is almost impossible to tell what your child wants, needs, or feels if they are unable to communicate with you.[br]Implementing sign language on a consistent basis can help your child learn how to communicate before they are able to talk. You can easily teach your baby simple signs to communicate what they want or need. This can help lessen or even eliminate meltdowns over not being able to communicate.[br]I know you might be thinking, But I don’t know any sign language! How am I supposed to teach my child? Your knowledge of sign language does not matter. You don’t have to be fluent in ASL to learn the most important signs and teach them to your baby. There are many apps, programs, books, and flashcards out there that can be used to learn and teach one sign at a time.[br]Where to Start:Begin by using a few signs daily. Don’t try to learn and teach your baby everything at once. You…