With simple props and a bit of imagination, pretend play is a great way to role play and work through any anxiety about a particular event or activity - and also help set expectations and behaviour.
While it's cold outside, set up a craft area inside with some of these fun winter themed activities suitable for toddlers and preschoolers. Some will be great to use again at Christmas time!
Work on your child's fine motor skills while having fun with these play activities.
The EB team has compiled their favourite bedtime reading books for children, perfect from babies to school age. Cuddle up and cosy with your kids to read these classics.
Staff writers It often takes toddlers a little while to get steady on their feet after standing up and taking their first tentative steps - but not Sloan Henderson.
A small boy in the US has struck up a quacking good friendship with an unlikely companion ... his pet duck.
Staff writers With their slick dance moves and sweet banter, it's impossible not to smile when watching these cute sisters do their thing.
Staff writers An adorable dog, his cute toddler friend and their sweet matching outfits are capturing hearts and Instagram followers.
Mark Antoniou A number of enduring myths surround bilingualism, such as that it causes language delays and cognitive impairments.
Staff writers Stop! Don't throw that old Pringles can in the rubbish bin - it could be the secret to keeping your toddler entertained.
Sarah Loughran With new guidelines being developed, the discouragement of use below two years of age is being revised.
Liam Viney Simple and fun musical activities can have enormous power in developing numeracy and literacy.
Louise Wedgwood Chances are your toddler's behaviour is all completely normal - but here's how to tackle some common social problems.
Gemma Taylor New research shows that after watching an educational children’s television program, toddlers can learn to count to five and read a simple map.
Jennifer Chung If you have both a toddler and a preschooler, we have some fun ideas to keep them both busy.
Staff writers This little girl wasn't content with the regular alphabet song, choosing to put her own spin on it – a very metal spin.
LETITIA ROWLANDS It's that time of year when playgroups, gymbaroo, dance lessons, music classes and all the other activities that keep toddlers busy each week take a break for the festive and new year period.
LETITIA ROWLANDS When Joe Morrisey and his wife Marcia found out their unborn son would face life with a physical disability, they were understandably concerned about what his future might hold.
Douglas Quenqua When reading increasingly means swiping pages on a device, and we're advised to read to their children early and often, should parents be turning to e-readers for storytime?
LINDY ALEXANDER Early childhood professionals make it all look easy, but they have many tricks up their sleeves to help raise happy, well-balanced children.
Letitia Rowlands This little girl thought she was taking part in a standard game of peek-a-boo, but her dad had a surprise for her.
Jen Ng This artist and mother collaborates with her 2-year-old daughter to create impressively creative pieces of art.
JODIE BENVENISTE Being too involved in our children’s play and not allowing our kids enough free time for unstructured activities can mean our kids miss out on the value that play offers.
LETITIA ROWLANDS The soon-to-open Sydney Creative Playground will be a place where toddlers and preschoolers are encouraged to explore their artistic sides.
JUDITH IRELAND Australian parents don't want the qualification requirements watered down for childcare workers who look after small children, a new survey says.
Catherine Rodie Playgroups are great for kids and parents alike - but the downside is that they often meet during the week, leaving working mums out of the loop.
RACHEL BROWNE Experts say proposed changes to the work, study or training requirements for parents accessing childcare subsidies could see disadvantaged children losing access to vital early childhood education and support.
Letitia Rowlands Nevermind local parks and play centres: two-year-old Pixie Rose Curtis is more likely to be photographed on private jets and lounging by the pool at five-star European resorts.
It is important to monitor the amount of time young children spend in front of a screen. However according to new research, it is what type of shows children are watching which can have a big influence on their speech development.
Letitia Rowlands Little Ellis has noticed his mum is walking differently lately, and his impersonation of her is hilarious.
MIKI PERKINS Under a new proposal, grandparents who obtain TAFE qualifications could be paid to look after their grandchildren.
A two-year-old's reaction to a game of "got your nose" shows it doesn't take much to make a toddler cry.
Brooke Wilson Can you imagine a life without TV or computers? Some parents are opting for a low-tech, screen-free life for their kids.
CATHERINE RODIE Listening to and playing music with your baby or toddler can be a lot of fun - and it plays an important role in early childhood development, too.
Neha Prakash A little girl in Taiwan was homesick on her first day of preschool, but her friend was the perfect gentleman.
KYLIE ORR As a writer and a parent, I see how little creativity is valued in general. The mockery of inventiveness starts early.
Rebecca English Letting young children learn about their world, in their own exploratory way, is at the heart of play-based learning. Here's why it's so good for your kids.
ROSE POWELL The Teletubbies - those mysterious creatures with televisions in their tummies - will be returning to the silver screen, with the BBC ordering 165 new episodes.
COSIMA MARRINER Growing up with lots of books and being read to as a toddler have a bigger impact on the performance of a child starting school than their temperament or even their socio-economic background.
ANDREW MACLEAN A toddler with a need for speed will be racing around Sydney Motorsport Park as part of the Ferrari Racing Day festival.
Riley Ward hasn't been talking for long, but the British toddler knew enough words to be able to ring for help after his mother collapsed.
Melanie Mahoney Many kids would love to be an action movie hero in real life, but very few will ever be able to see themselves in movies like these.
Babyology Looking for truly original wooden puzzles that are beautiful enough to be on display? This brilliant Etsy store has got what you need.
JODIE BENVENISTE Our children are little learning machines - every day, and in almost every way, they're learning. And long before they get to school, all this activity helps them get ready for a more formal learning environment.
JODIE BENVENISTE Our kids do need to learn how to read, write and add up, but they also need to learn many other life skills. And all of these can be learned through play.
Stephanie Owen Reeder Babies can be cute and cuddly, but their arrival can sometimes cause friction with older siblings. Reading picture books that deal with such issues can help.
"Who ever thought they'd get to hang out as a Wiggle, even if it's just for a day or two?" asks a New Zealand radio personality who has been named the guest Brown Wiggle.
My toddler is starting daycare again soon and I am dreading the first few weeks because I know it is going to be a running battle. What can I do to try and prevent his anxiety?
AMBER ROBINSON Shanell Mouland's open letter "Dear Daddy in Seat 16C”, about a man who entertained her three-year-old daughter on a US Airways flight, has gone viral - and finally reached the businessman himself.
Cindy Ngo Conscientious objection to childhood immunisation is on the rise as parents exploit a loophole in the new ''no jab, no play'' law that allows unvaccinated children to be enrolled in childcare centres.
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