Blog #4 Babies are Engineers

  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; our future, our present, our world! These concepts are not just relevant in terms of the job market or the future of education, but it is what’s important and relevant right now and it is trickling down to babies. Babies need to have STEM skills? They most certainly do […]

Blog #3 Babies are Technologists

  Technology is a way of being inventive, identifying problems, coming up with solutions and making things work. If you have ever watched a toddler at play, they are using technology the whole time, making shapes fit into a hole, cars drive on a track, and blocks stack high. We often just consider smartphones and […]

Blog #1 Babies learn STEM?

I’ll bet you never thought of a newborn baby learning science, technology, engineering and math, but babies are little scientists from the moment they are born.  As a pediatric occupational therapist, I work in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with babies who are only two or three pounds. From the moment babies open their […]

Your 24-Month-Old at Play

Around 24 months, your toddler begins to enter a new phase of play as they are able to use a more complex form of pretend or symbolic play. During this phase, their creativity and imagination is much more active, and toys and items become different things to play with. Maybe a cardboard box is transformed […]

Teaching Turn Taking

Toddlers need to learn to take turns. It is not an innate skill. At this age, toddlers are all about themselves and their own needs. It is hard to think of the needs of others and appreciate the fact that other children need a turn on the swings or a turn while playing a game. […]

Toddler’s Sense of Self-Awareness

    When your baby was born, she had no idea that she was a separate person from you with thoughts and feelings and two arms and two legs. This is something she is learning over time. Self-awareness, or “sense of self” is an important skill that contributes to your child’s level of independence and […]

STEM Activities for the 23-Month-Old

A STEM Self Portrait STEM Concepts: Engineering (designing), Technology (use of objects), Science (human anatomy) Materials: Loose parts (such as buttons, yarn, string, sticks, beads, foam, etc.) empty frame, mirror, oval shaped piece of construction paper or felt. What to Do: Set a mirror in front of your child. Ask her “What different things on […]

Serve and Return Examples

Back and forth conversations, otherwise called “serve and return” or “conversational turns” are the best predictor of your toddler’s future academic skills. By providing your toddler with lots of opportunities to engage in conversations with you all day, you are adding to his vocabulary, ability for critical thinking and logic skills, and higher level academic […]

Your Empathetic and Compassionate Toddler

Your 24-month-old is developing a stronger sense of self-awareness. This new awareness helps your toddler realize that he is separate from you and other people and that he has his own thoughts and feelings. He is also beginning to learn that other people have thoughts and feelings that are different from his. With this new […]


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