When big brothers and sisters head back to school, sometimes toddlers can feel left out. After all, they’re not the focus of back-to-school shopping for clothing and school supplies, and the house can seem quiet without their older siblings around.
My daughter has been there. Last fall she went to preschool for the first time, but she was only there initially 2 days a week, and just in the mornings. With her brothers in school, she and I had to adjust to spending more time together, and she had to learn to play independently.
To help her process the transition back to school, I bought her 2 books on the subject and played “school” with her when we were home. I also involved her in her brothers’ educations as much as possible; when her oldest brother did homework after school I’d hand here a coloring sheet to work on. She loved feeling part of his new experiences.
I’ve rounded up some back-to-school themed toddler toys and activities to help make the transition easier for your toddler. Check the out!
How do you help your toddler with the back-to-school transition in your home?
Papertown School 1 of 6Encourage your toddler's pretend play with this adorable paper school set from Etsy.
Teacher Supplies 2 of 6Does your little one love playing teacher as much as mine? Then she'll love this teacher supplies kit, complete with a hall pass, certificates, and reward stickers.
Crayon Roll 3 of 6Your little guy or gal will love keeping crayons in this handmade crayon roll from Etsy.
The Crafty Pianist $8
Barbie I Can be a Teacher 4 of 6My 3 year old is Barbie obsessed, so I know this teacher Barbie set would be a huge hit. Amazon, $20.99
School Playset 5 of 6This school set contains hands-on activities that will boost fine motor skills and allow your toddler to have a school environment at home.
School Time Crayons 6 of 6Celebrate the start of the school year by coloring with your toddler. I love these handmade school themed crayons!
Liddie and Boo $5
Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.