Help Your Child Develop – Play Some Sensory Games!

Help Your Child Develop – Play Some Sensory Games!

Sensory development is important to children’s growth.  When children take part in activities that require the senses, their brains learn to process sights, sounds, smells and tastes, as well as feelings related to touch.  Processing helps children tr...

Read More
Too cold to go out? Bring some winter fun inside!

Too cold to go out? Bring some winter fun inside!

Winter has been particularly cold here in the D.C. Metro area.  While the season conjures up images of playing in the snow, building forts and having snowball fights, there are times when it is just too frigid to go outside.  For those days, it can be f...

Read More
What Infants Learn (And you think you’re busy!)

What Infants Learn (And you think you’re busy!)

Infants are amazing!  We sometimes think of them as tiny, helpless humans, yet their capacity for learning is unmatched.  Babies grow and develop more in their first year of life than any other year, which is incredible when you think about how much we ...

Read More
How to Answer the Question of Kindergarten Readiness

How to Answer the Question of Kindergarten Readiness

Your child is in preschool.  He shows an interest in reading, interacts with other children, pays attention to the teacher and works on assigned activities.  You are proud of him.  But is he ready for Kindergarten? The question is a common one, especia...

Read More
Kids’ Funny Food Hangups (and Why They Might Have Them)

Kids’ Funny Food Hangups (and Why They Might Have Them)

Kids have funny hangups, starting from toddlerhood on up, particularly with food.  Whether it’s texture, color, taste or appearance, food has a way of taking shape in a child’s mind, and we don’t always understand it.  We have found some funny foo...

Read More
Activities for Spring for Less “Cha-Ching”

Activities for Spring for Less “Cha-Ching”

Being stuck indoors on dreary, winter days can bring on the blahs in even the most upbeat of us. But spending an entire season indoors with rambunctious littles probably has you calling “uncle.” No, seriously, “Uncle Jim, come get your nieces and ne...

Read More
Fifteen Potty-Training Incentives for Your Little One

Fifteen Potty-Training Incentives for Your Little One

One of the best ways to potty train your little one is to give positive associations with using the bathroom. To do that, sometimes it takes a little reinforcement. Every child is different, so every incentive may not work with every child, but trial and ...

Read More
Big Kid Helpers: Age-Appropriate Chores for Your Child

Big Kid Helpers: Age-Appropriate Chores for Your Child

Before you were a parent, did you ever think you’d have to ask, “How did that stuffed octopus get stuck in the ceiling fan?” Or maybe you find your wallet in Davy Jones’ Locker at the bottom of your aquarium. When you have a preschooler, there are...

Read More
11 Reasons Why Day Camps Are Good For Kids

11 Reasons Why Day Camps Are Good For Kids

The mercury is rising (or the digital thermometer numbers) and school will be out soon. This begs the age-old question, “Where are the kids going to go?” Day camps, like the very ones we have at Sparkles! at Fair Oaks and Chantilly, are the places for...

Read More
11 Ways to Prep Your Preschooler for Kindergarten

11 Ways to Prep Your Preschooler for Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a whole new world for many children. Those who have attended daycare or preschool have had a taste of what school will be like, but with many districts requiring full-day kindergarten, it can be a big change for children. Sparkles! works t...

Read More

Facebook

Translate »