Pratt's Home Connection - September

August 31, 2016

Posted by Lisa Lomasney

"Dear Parents,

We know that this time of year can be stressful and busy for those that need to adjust to a new schedule, but hopefully you can enjoy some time with your child doing these activities.
Here's to hoping you have a 'September to Remember.'

- Pratt


0 - 3 Months
Hold your baby's feet and gently pedal them as if he or she was riding a bicycle while talking to them about your day and how much you love them.  This gives time for you to connect and the motion strengthens legs and may relieve gas pains.

3 - 6 Months
Promote the start of crawling skills by placing a toy out of your baby's reach in front and placing your hands on the bottoms of his or her feet to encourage pushing off to scoot forward.

6 - 12 Months
Practice babbling with your baby.  Sit on the floor with him or her and rock him or her in a chair and repeat sounds like "Ma, ma, ma, ma" while encouraging your baby to echo your sounds.  Make "conversation" by listening to your baby when he or she babbles and "replying" when he or she pauses.

By this age. you may have noticed that your child is starting to imitate facial expressions.  Be sure to do some fun, exaggerated actions for your child to follow such as clapping, waving, making funny faces, wrinkling your nose, and talking on a toy phone (talk on the phone and then give the phone to your baby saying "It's for you!  Say 'Hello!'")

12 - 18 Months
Your toddler is learning that different toys do different things.  Give your baby lots of things to roll, push, pull, hug, shake, poke, turn, stack, spin, and stir like balls, stuffed animals, baby dolls, water bottles filled with beans of rice, and blocks.
Parent Note: If you will be making sensory bottles from water bottles, be sure to hot glue the lid to the bottle to ensure that your child cannot open it.

18 - 24 Months
Make a recognition game from pictures of your toddler and their friends and family.  Gather pictures and place them into a basket.  As your child explores the basket, point to a picture and ask who he or she sees.  Extend the learning by asking about what the person is doing in the picture or other things in the picture.

24 - 30 Months
Enjoy some time outdoors in the late summer/early fall weather.  Play "I Spy" as you walk for some cognitive fun.  Look for animals enjoying the weather, enjoy the sunshine, and listen to the wind blowing.

2.5 - 3 Years
Promote a nurturing personality in your child by playing with dolls and stuffed animals.  Talk to your child about how to take care of a baby or an animal and use your imagination and promote your child's imagination to feed, bathe, rock to sleep, or otherwise care for their baby or pretend pet.

3 - 5 Years
Apple Pie Play Dough
Enjoy this scented sensory activity for some fall fun!

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • red food coloring


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large sauce pan
  2. Place on medium high heat on the stove
  3. Stir frequently until the dough pulls away from the sides of the pan
  4. Remove from the stove
  5. Once the dough cools enough to handle, knead the dough
  6. Place it in an airtight container

Recipe from Along the Way at

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