Milestones. Our lives as parents are full of them. Those early milestones that we long for such as first smiles, first steps and first words that soon develop to milestones that are even more important for the children such as their first day at school, riding a bike without stabilisers or their first sleepover, these developmental milestones are so important for families and now thanks to Nick Jr and Dora the Explorer, there is a new initiative called Step By Step which aims to help parents and children to navigate these often new territories.
Step By Step has been devised to help parents explain key developmental milestones to their children and also to reward them when they achieve them through a range of Dora tools. There are a range of topics that are going to be addressed over coming months, from starting school to learning to brush their teeth, from baking to new pets.
Every month a new topic will be addressed online with handy information, videos and downloadable tools with child development expert Jacqueline Harding offering practical tips and advice. Then, on Facebook, parents will be able to swap their own tips for the chance to win a Dora Step-by-Step pack consisting of a Dora-the-Explorer My Talking Backpack and a School Day Dora doll. There are some great tips on there already both from Jacqueline and lots of parents on the topic of Summer and Celebrations, so it is definitely worth having a look.
The Step By Step website is very easy to navigate and is filled with videos, print out activities and stories to help you and your child. Split into two sections; Step By Step Let's Go! and Step By Step I Can Do It, the website is really easy to navigate and will appeal to parents and children alike.
This months first 'I Can Do It' topic is First Day of School and you can print out some really cute Lunch Box Notes, watch Dora's first day of school or even a cut out and make Swiper Pencil Case.
Let's face it, any help that we can get as a parent is a definite bonus and I think this site is amazing and I will certainly be taking a look for tips and activities to use with A as we start to hurtle towards the next set of developmental milestones. You can find the website here and the Facebook page is here.