abcabcabc activities for children — Mommy Manders

“Good Fings” from “Fanksgiving” (as my kids would say)

Good News! 2 of my very favorite people on Earth are going to have a baby, who will surely be another favorite of mine! My dear (little) brother Jake and his lovely wife Sarah (my sister-friend) announced (via sidewalk chalk) that they will be having their first baby in June! A “get away”to my parents’ […]

Back to School? OOPS!

{Readers: Stay tuned for a “Back to School” series with suggestions for special songs and rituals to help you connect with your kiddos before and after school/ day care.} So, on Friday afternoon, August 19th, I was pulling into the driveway, having finished up our busy “Good Deeds Week”, and looking forward to having both […]

Mark your Calendars: Good Deeds Week!

“Twinkle, Twinkle/ Wonderful Child”

“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,  What a wonderful child you are,  With bright eyes and nice, round cheeks,  A talented person from head to feet.  Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,  What a wonderful child you are!” This rhyme/ song is my favorite “I Love You ritual” that I learned from Becky Bailey. (Go to my “bookshelf” page […]


This week in my toddler classes we’ve been playing and singing “Monkey See, Monkey Do….the monkey does the same as you.” In this fun game, the toddlers get to choose the action facing their grown-ups, and Mommy monkey copies them. (It helps for you to give them some ideas the first few times: pat your head, […]