Free Printable Shapes for Toddlers


Fisher Price does not only provide you with fun toys that you can purchase, but it also has free downloads that will entertain your child – free printable shapes for toddlers.

It is very important for kids to learn their shapes. Kids who do exercises and establish the identity of shapes have better skills for learning math, reading and writing. That’s because if a toddler knows his or her shapes, they can also in turn identify numbers and letters and obviously symbols.

Not to mention that all of this broadens the boundries of the games that they can play, and how much they can learn to use in interaction with other toddlers.That’s why having a toddler play with things such as blocks with the combinations of shapes and numbers on them really creates a rich learning experience for them.

So just go to www.fisherprice.com and:

  1. Drag your mouse over their Games & Activities
  2. A drop down menu will appear, and you will have the option to click on Online Games
  3. In the Online Games section, there are two segments to choose from that will serve your purpose – Print & Color Cards and then Print & Color Pages.
  4. You will have 11 shapes that you can click on. If you click on each one, a PDF file will load in the same web browsing page.
  5. You can print them out from there for free.
  6. Match them up with a couple crayons, and put your toddler to work! Because as Fisher Price’s website puts it, “Coloring is a wonderful way for kids to identify shapes. Our printable shapes coloring pages give kids examples of basic shapes in a big picture format that’s perfect for little hands to color. Just print them out and watch your child’s understanding take shape!”

Of course like any other learning experience, the longer you sit with your toddler at the beginning to talk them through their experience, the more they’ll learn, and the more they’re likely to be entertained by the activity. You can even teach them letters through this exercise by writing the word of the shape inside of it, and spelling out the word outlout while pointing to each letter. I know my toddler actually gets a kick out of that. And don’t worry, if you don’t know what a shape is called, they’re labeled for you ; – D. That is why these free printable shapes for toddlers are a perfect way to burn through a rainy day! blocks

Toddler Hair Styles

As moms our hairdos tend to tone down as we fill our roles as mommies, and let’s face it, fill our time with mommy stuff – so why not live vicariously through our toddlers’ hair styles?! They can pull off any hairdo! Here’s a list of toddler hair styles and hair cuts that’ll make you feel like a kid again, just make sure not leave wet hair for too long!

BOYS TODDLER HAIR STYLES

Being brave is key when cutting your toddler’s hair. And it doesn’t take much courage, either. Save yourself the ten bucks (At least!) per hair cut, and invest in a barber kit for not much more cost of a single sitting. We have a Conair full barbet kit that literally comes with everything – clippers, scissors, cape, brush, combs – everything. I just sit my troddler in his high chair with his favorite treat (Like a lollypop) and go to town. The key is to do this when your toddler is well-rested so he’s not cranky. And to also maybe do this in front of his favorite show to keep him still.

The buzz cut – You know the drill, just buzz away. Don’t be nervous. If it turns out a little uneven no one will even notice but you – turst me, I’ve done it.

The Mohawk –  Buzz your little boy’s hair from the sides in, leaving the middle long. You don’t even need to gel it to make it look fly and funky!

The proper school boy – Grow your little boy’s hair out to about eye level. Then get some kid’s styling gel, L’oreal makes some, and slick it all back. It’ll compliment you baby’s big, cute eyes.

Surfer Boy – If your child’s hair has luscious locks, grow it out! At the age of a toddler, you can put him in fun boyish clothes that won’t perk up any ears. I’ve seen some of the cutest boys have chin length hair with just a bit of curls. I just wanna eat ’em up!

GIRL TODDLER HAIR STYLES

Now I do have to say that I’m not a fan of adding too much hair product or hot irons on a toddler’s hair. We all know how finicky toddlers are, and I like the idea of preserving their natural glow by keeping the fritz away, so I won’t include intense toddler hair styles.

Classic Pigtails – Who can resist a sweet little girl with two little pony tails on each side of her head? They’re cutest when they’re up higher, and top them off with colorful bows to match their dress!

Double French Twists – Part the hair in the middle and do a french braid on each side of the head. Take the ends of the braids and twist them into a spiral. Bobby pin them to your toddler’s hair to make two braidy buns on each side. You can dress up your bobby pins by sliding colorful beads all the way inside of them so that they don’t become choking hazards.

Multiple Minis – Separate your toddler’s hair half up and half down. Part the top part of your toddler’s hair into five even little ponies. Use tiny little hair ties to tie them. Brush the rest of the hair that is hanging down to smooth it out.

Let the Curls Curl – If your child has curly hair, do not try to brush it out. You will end up breaking the hair and causing it to frizz in the long run. Get a thick-toothed comb and just comb down the top of it.

The Side Pony – Whether it’s the eighties, or a new eighties trend in the new millenium, a high side pony is always cute on a little girl. The higher, the better. And don’t forget to ornament it with a colorful bow!

Naturally Waivy – Brushing smooth waivy hair and parting it to the side will make your little girl look like a model in a field of sunflowers!

headband2Headband Heads Up – You can fix any bad hair and make your toddler look like ap rincess with a dressy headband. And the good news it, you can dress up your own! You can purchase the most basic headbands at any department store, then going to a fabric store to get cloth flowers, bows, cute little patches, and hand-sewing them on!

These toddler hair styles may seem simple, but you want to keep them simple when dealing with those active toddlers. They won’t sit still long enough for anything else!

Toddler Finger Food Recipes

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I’m sure you know as well as I do that having kids can mean trying to pinch pennies everywhere, and starting to really think about eating healthy while doing it. That’s why knowing a few simple toddler finger food recipes can really help you do both, you probably want to stay away from fermented foods for this and keep this great recipes with it for adults. You don’t want to spend like $5 a box for high fructose syrup-filled snacks that will only last you an outing. You want to spend $5 and really see that money stretch!

So here are a few toddler finger food recipes or even simple finger food combos that have come in handy for me. They’re also perfect for keeping my toddler busy with his hands to himself while I’m trying to run errands. Just make sure you keep baby wipes handy, and that you watch your toddler. Also please keep in mind that some of these recipes are thought out for older toddlers, so if some of these recipes seem to be yet too risky for your little one’s eating experience, just wait till they’re a bit older!

  • Crisp Rice and Craisin Clusters – A 12 oz box of crisp rice cereal will take you a long way when making toddler finger foods. You’ll need 4 cups of miniature marshmallows, 3 table spoons of butter, and 6 cups of crisp rice cereal, and one cup of craisins (dried cranberries). Before you begin, put wax paper inside a glass bowl so that it lines the inside of it to prevent sticking. Then, melt butter in a 4 qt. dutch oven pan, then melt the miniature marshmallows, and then pour in all the crisp rice. Mix well until the marshmellows are adequately distributed so that all the crisp rice is in clumps. Then add in about a cup of craisins (dried cranberries). Mix that well. Then, instead of putting the sticky goodness in a pan, pinch out little clusters with your hands, making sure each cluster gets a bit of craisins, about the size of a popcorn, and then pinch the clusters together so they they stick. Place the clusters in the bowl one by one, making sure that they don’t get smooshed together. Once they are cooled, you can separate smaller portions into little sandwich baggies to take with you wherever you go!
  • Cinnamon Apple Slices – Peel a granny smith apple, and then cut it into slices as you normally would. Then, cut those pieces of apple into about three thin slices each. Follow this by simply spreading honey on each side of the apple slice, and then sprinkling it with cinnamon. Voila! You have an easy finger food snack!cereal
  • Sweet Pops of Corn – Don’t pump your kids with hydrogenated oils by feeding them popcorn from the bag. Buy unseasoned, unsalted, unpopped kernels and pop them yourself. Then, take a 4 qt. dutch oven sauce pan and pour extra light olive oil or sesame seed oil or vegetable oil up to about a 1/4 inch deep. Heat on medium heat until oil starts to sizzle lightly. Pour in about 3 tbsp. of honey, 3 tbsp on peanut butter, and 3 tbsp of butter and melt them. Then, pour in kernels so that you have one dense, single layer of them. Continuously mix them with a wooden spoon until they start to pop. Once they start to pop, you can cover the pan with a lid and continuously shake it, until you start hearing the popcorn pop profusely. At that point you can turn off the heat and have delicious, sweet popcorn.
  • Chex Treats – Get 1/3 cup Smart Balance olive oil butter substitute, 1/2 tsp of vanilla, 2 cups of marshmallows, annd 4 cups of Chex. Melt butter, then add marshmallows, then add vanilla, and then add 1 tsp water just to thin it out. Then, add the Chex. You can crumble the Chex or leave them whole. Then put the Chex in a bowl that is lined with parchment paper, and put it in the freezer to cool for about 5 mins. Once that is hardened, pull into small little clusters that are manageable for your toddler. At the end, you can coat the tops of them with peanut butter or drizzle chocolate syrup on top.
  • Healthy peanut butter sandwich strips – If your toddler’s little hands are as tiny as my toddler’s hands, cutting a simple peanut butter sandwich into individual strips can make a very simple and not-so-messy finger food snack. Simply use organic peanut butter and organic jelly, and spread it on wheat bread. Then cut off the crust and cut the sandwich 4 times long-wise, and once sideways to make small little pieces that will be easy for your toddler to handle.
  • Barilla Piccolini – Barilla makes tiny pastas that are perfect for your toddler. They come in five shapes: Mini Farfalle, Mini Penne, Mini Wheels, Mini Fusilli and Mini Ziti. Simply pick up a box and cook about a fourth at a time if you’re just trying to achieve a snack. Cook them according to the box’s indication, and when you drain them, make sure to keep about a 1/4 of a cup of the boiling water to pour back into the bowl once the pasta is drained. This will keep it from getting dry. Then, get about 1/4 cup of peas from a canned pea can and stir together, but be sure not to mach up the peas. Add a little bit of Parmesan on top. Your toddler will love it, while sneaking in some veggies!
  • These extremely easy recipes are bound to save you money and diminish the amount of  processed food that enters into your toddler’s little tummy. But keep your toddlers safe by monitoring them while they eat any of these tasty toddler finger food recipes!