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Little Hands is located at 2755 Sanders Road Northbrook IL - the closest intersection is Willow/Palatine and Sanders Road or Willow and the 294 S/N ramps. The center is directly off 294 S/N at the Willow exit. The center is inside the Allstate campus. Enter in the Allstate campus either off Willow or Sanders Road.

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Our Toddler Program

A place for growing curious, happy and confident toddlers

Our space is built for active and inquisitive toddlers/twos with environments made up of well-planned learning centers that allow for physical activity, child choice and self-directed play, small groups, and supportive teaching. There are reading nooks, sensory tables, great books, pretend play areas, baskets filled with dress-up and exploratory materials, musical instruments, and outdoor places to explore.

Learning experiences are planned to promote each toddler/twos’s growing independence, to enhance social skills, and to build the confidence needed to reach their individual potential and prepare for preschool and beyond.

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"Thank you for taking such great care of Eleanor. We know she is a force to be reckoned with, and you are great with maintaining her independence while introducing her to so many new things. She loves going to school and we love watching her give you big hugs goodbye at the end of the day. Thank you!!"

Our Curriculum Components

The building blocks to balanced education.

  • Language Works Reading, singing, and engaging in conversation.
  • Math Counts Counting, sorting, and pattern identification.
  • Science Rocks Nature walks, gardening, and exploring sand, water, and other sensory tables.
  • ArtSmart Dramatic play, painting with hands and feet, manipulation of other materials and textiles.
  • Our World Diverse interactions with the center community.
  • Well Aware Movement activities as well as hand washing and other self-help skills.

Learning at Home

Cornstarch Goop

You Will Need:

1 cup cornstarch, 1 cup water, tub or large pan, spatula, spoon, other kitchen gadgets

Directions:

Put cornstarch in pan. Slowly add water to cornstarch. Let your child stir. This makes a very interesting consistency, part liquid and part solid. Scoop and scratch with kitchen gadgets.

Tip:

This can make a mess, so do this in the kitchen. You may want to put an apron or an old shirt on your child. When your child is through, keep cornstarch goop in a container for the next time. It will dry out but can be revitalized by just adding water.


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