Back-to-school tips for moms of pre-schoolers

The start of a new school year is a very exciting time, but what about the younger children in your family that aren't quite old enough to enroll in elementary school?

Waving goodbye to the older siblings heading off to adventures unknown can leave them feeling lonely and disadvantaged.

The solution is to make preschool-aged children excited about the time they get to spend at home with mom and dad, or in preschool, because growing up happens way to fast.

Here are a few suggested activities to occupy their time:

  • Visit an aquarium. Children 2-5 can visit the Myrtle Beach Aquarium at Broadway at the Beach for only $5. Snag some tickets here -
  • Visit the park, or even the play area at Chick-fil-A or McDonalds. You get to enjoy a salad while they expend some extra energy.
  • Scavenger hunts inside the house. It may be easier to use a list of pictures.
  • Plant an herb garden.
  • Teach them sign language. This website - - can help.
  • Let them help you in the kitchen. Buy a pint of heavy whipping cream. Toss in a marble, close it tight and hand it to your child. After a good ten minutes of shaking, your little tot has churned their own butter! And they'll be more apt to finish their dinner knowing they helped prepare it.
  • Let them paint pictures or write notes to their friends and family members.
  • Take them to the library for story time. Check out the events at all Horry County Library locations here -
  • Check out the events at the SC Children's Museum -

But don't forget to save some fun for your school-aged kids too. After all, there are 940 Saturdays between when they're born and when you ship them off to college. So enjoy these precious years when you're always right and hugs aren't embarrassing.

Have any other great ideas you'd like to share? Send them in an email to and I'll add them to our Back to School section on