The Infant Toddler Toolbox is a podcast for parents and other early childhood educators! Co-hosted by Alaina Nace-Meyer and Jennifer Addleman, this show takes a look at the important aspects of education that all educators face, and provides specific tips and advice for helping young people through a challenging and exciting time in their lives.
25. Pretend Play
Pretend play offers young children the opportunity to explore and develop their understanding of themselves and the world around them. Through imitation and imagination they build a deeper vocabulary, hone motor skills, and develop problem solving strategies. Listen as Jen and Alaina talk about all the benefits of pretend play and share strategies for caregivers to create spaces that support and enhance this emerging skill.
24. Self-Care During Social Distancing
Almost a year ago, Jen and Alaina recorded an episode about self-care. During a time of physical distancing and extra stress there is an increased need to focus on such an important topic. On this episode Jen and Alaina provide guidance on the importance of self care and a variety of ways to squeeze in things that good for caregivers at a time where the care of others is intensive.
23. Nature Art
The weather here is changing and families are able to spend more time outside. On this episode of The Infant Toddler Toolbox, Jen and and Alaina share some of their favorite ways to bring nature and art together. With specific instructions and recipes this episode will add some variety to your outdoor adventures rain or shine.
Resource for this Episode:
Rhythms of Play https://rhythmsofplay.com/
22. Cooking with the Kids
On this episode of The Infant Toddler Toolbox, Jen and Alaina talk about cooking with young children. Families are home together for all meals while we are social distancing. That means some sort of food prep is happening at home daily and there is no better way to involve children in the work of the family and build skills through play than by bringing them into the kitchen. Listen as Jen and Alaina discuss the benefits of cooking with children, where you can find inspiration for recipes, and some key tools to have on hand to make everyone's life a little easier in the process.
Some of the helpful resources for this episode are:
C is for Cooking Recipes from the Street by Susan McQuillan RD
Simple Toddler Recipes
Kids Eat in Color
Look to our Facebook page The Infant-Toddler Toolbox Podcast for recipes and cooking projects to follow
There are few activities that are more soothing and beneficial to our senses than digging in dirt. On this episode of The Infant Toddler Toolbox, Alaina and Jen discuss the benefits of gardening with young children as well as offer tips and tricks to creating a garden that is family friendly.
20. Supporting Emotions
Over the last 4 weeks we have experienced a collective shift as a community, a nation, and a world. As parents and educators we have begun to adjust to life either working from home or working as an essential employee and caring for our children full time in the process. This shift has also left many adults and their children without the aide of typical support structures like grandparents, teachers/ schools and other special others. This podcast aims to answer some of the ways we can support our children in understanding and processing all of the big emotions that come along with these kinds of shifts.
This podcast should be required listening for all preschool teachers and parents. I love the way these wonderful women offer insight and advice with love and humor. They have an absolutely incredible amount of knowledge to share and it’s clear that early childhood is their passion!
You guys are such a joy, an encouragement, and a wealth of information, tips, and ideas! Thank you so much!
A Happy Infant Teacher
I’m an Infant/Toddler (more infant than toddler) teacher in California. I’ve been searching for a podcast that gives more focus to that pre-three era that is also engaging for me. It’s silly but after working with high voices teachers all day, I really appreciate the lower toned voices of these teachers compared to many other podcasted where the presenters either naturally have high voices or are often still using their higher teacher voices.
I have a BA in Human Development and a few years experience on top of that, so I feel confident in the classroom and my co-teachers tell me I’m super knowledgeable. However, I’ve felt that I want something to constantly work on myself in the classroom and listening to this podcast has energized me as a teacher. It looks like they may have stopped podcasting recently, but I sincerely hope they come back. Because I could listen to them all day. Even if they were talking about things like how to maximize your ten minute break (or the importance of not skipping them) or how to use common loose items in creative/reusable ways in the classroom. I love these ladies, I’d recommend them to any teacher or parent.