Outdoor play is a wonderful sensory experience for children, including your youngest. Exploring the backyard, nearby woods, and gardens opens a whole new world of wonders for young children.
During the winter, your little one enjoys just seeing snowflakes fall from the sky…
Enjoy nature’s free and beautiful gift
Wondering where there are sledding hills in Milford for little ones?
- Behind Jacques Elementary School
- Carnival Hill in Wilton (Hillside Rd)
- Bragdon Farm Hill in Amherst (just past LaBelle Winery on 101; parking xc the road)
Our Facebook page is updated daily with fun activities around Milford… be sure to follow us for timely updates
“Quality connection” moments
During this time of social distancing and being home-bound, it can be challenging for parents to feel like they have to “do it all.” The good news is: you DON’T have to!
I’ve spoken with so many parents that are trying to do their jobs online from home, while overseeing their school-aged children’s remote learning, and also aiming to be Supermom and Superdad with the little ones whose childcare and preschool have been suspended… Breathe and just be you! We’re all doing the best we can.
The number one thing your child(ren) needs from you at this time: to feel connected and loved. And feeling connected and loved does NOT require your undivided attention 24/7…it’s about quality connection.
Whatever rhythm you adopt for your household, carve out some quality moments here and there to truly connect with your child.
- A morning snuggle can get everyone off to a good start
- Story hour mid-afternoon in the “story tent” can include children of all ages (in fact, older brother or sister can take turns telling the story on your busy days :))
(A story tent can be as easy as a blanket over the kitchen table…)
- Afternoon tea (and maybe a coffee for you!) provides a check in moment and a breather
- Study break! Spring weather is just around the corner…sneak outside for some sunshine “kisses” and fresh air before tackling the next project or chore
- At the end of the day when you can’t even think about getting dinner ready…what can your children do to help? And how might it be fun?
- Maybe your littlest ones can help “stir” (in their magical mixing bowls)
- Ask your Kindergartener to find a flower or special stone to decorate the table
- Ask one of your kids to decide on the dinner music… what’s their favorite song?
- And don’t forget to LAUGH! Laughter truly is the best medicine and you’ll help your children find joy in the simplest moments. A smile and a giggle can be so healing during this stressful time.
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Curbside service from Wadleigh Library
The library continues to offer curbside service and story bundles for little ones (subjects/focus change weekly).
Click here for more information about their latest offerings like Baby lapsit and Parent Chat on Zoom Friday mornings.
Visit Wadleigh’s website or Facebook page for more information. Or call 249-0645 to request a curbside pickup.
Visit Wadleigh Memorial Library’s youtube channel for the latest “virtual” story times. Here are links to recent Baby Lapsit time as well as other read alouds:
Milford Recreation events
Keep an eye on Milford Recreation’s calendar for the latest events and family fun activities.
Visit us on Facebook for daily updates on Milford community resources and events.
Beaver Brook Story Walks
Beaver Brook Association continues to host family fun events outside as well as various story walks. Follow Beaver Brook on Facebook or check out their Events Calendar to stay up on their latest outdoor socially-distanced offerings.
Live in Milford and recently welcome a newborn to your family? Hopefully you’ve received your Welcome Baby gift at Town Hall which includes your very own copy of Guess How Much I Love You. (If not, REQUEST your complimentary gift today — we’re happy to deliver yours)
Time to Come in Bear
Sweet story from Bear and his friends that’s developmentally appropriate for your preschoolers at this time of social distancing.
50 Best Kids’ Songs Almost Any Parent Can Sing
Singing songs with your young children (and older!) is a great way to pass the time while also staying connected. This Fatherly blog features songs that don’t require you to be a trained professional 🙂
Nursery Rhyme FUN
Nursery rhymes are a great way of helping your baby to know and learn language, too. These simplest of rhymes are fun for the littlest ones…and may bring back some good memories too!
Simple FUN for Toddlers
Ready for a roundup of some favorite (yet simple) things to do with toddlers? These activities focus on age-appropriate skills and interests for little ones. The key is letting the children lead the play while you watch and follow.