Books For Potty Training

potty training books Potty training is not always easy. In fact it’s often a source of serious stress for parents and kids. One of the best resources you have other than a lot of role playing and praise are books. These books are all wonderful ways to help your child make the transition from diapers to underwear and become independent in the bathroom. While I often reassure families that no child has gone to college in Buzz Lightyear pull ups, I know all too well the feeling of worrying that they just might be the first. Use books as a way to break the ice, ease up on the pressure, and even make it fun!

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potty training books It Hurts When I Poop! a Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty by Howard J. Bennet was a life saver for us. Many kids start holing their poop after one painful one, and that happened here and we went from no issues to fussing, fighting the potty and finally he admitted he was scared it will hurt. Of course holding it made that worse but try to explain that to a frightened toddler. This book was amazing. The story is long, I skipped some text with my son , but read it all for myself since it’s packed with awesome information for parents too! The book explains digestion, why it hurts and how to make it better on a kids level as well as in more detail for parents. I can’t recommend this more for parents who’s children have hit this very common but very distressing problem.


The Potty Book for Girls by Alyssa Satin Capucilli is a favorite of my son. He loved this book, and when I got it back out of the library to write this post he immediately wanted me to read it. The text rhymes, the pictures are sweet and honest . I think what my son loves so much is that it shows the challenges, she wets herself, she pees on the floor and her parents are encouraging and positive. There is also a companion book The Potty Book – For Boys which interestingly my son had no interest in reading.

books about potty training Oh No, Gotta Go #2! by Susan Middleton Elya was an instant hit with my 3 year old. He relates perfectly to the little girl who is off to the park with her parents to have a picnic and ride her trike when all of a sudden she feels it… she needs to poop!  Whether you are in the middle of potty training or at the stage where times like these still occur your child will probably love this book. My son needs little help in the potty these days but absolutely gets that panicked look when he knows he needs to go but isn’t sure where or if there is a potty. Parents will giggle at the her parent’s reaction of grabbing her off her trike,  running, throwing keys to each other and their panic. Also this book is bilingual, with Spanish words threaded into a mostly English text. Don’t worry if you don’t read Spanish there is a quick pronunciation guide at the start of the book.

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Everybody Poops by Taro Gomi is a classic potty training book and while some parents may see it as gross it is actually a really useful book. This book lets children see what is expected with poop. Animals poop outside, sometimes on the go, but kids poop on the potty. It’s simplicity is genius and kids love it.

A Potty For Me

A Potty for Me!: A Lift-the-Flap Instruction Manual by Karen Katz is a great introduction to potty training. If your toddler is showing interest but neither you nor they are ready to go head first into underwear yet this lift-the-flap book is a great way to play with the idea and concepts of using a potty.

Have you Seen My Potty?

Have You Seen My Potty? Mij Kelly is such a cute book. A little girl on a farm has lost her potty and goes looking for it , asking all the animals if they have seen it. They don’t know what a potty is but have discovered this awesome poo pot that is keeping their farm so much cleaner since figuring out how to use it. My son laughed hysterically through the funny rhyming text and so did I . Making the potty a fun thing is really beneficial and this book does just that!

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Big Girl Panties by Fran Manushkin is a great board book for little girls making the transition to undies. The rhyming text helps our readers see that they are big girls now and one of the best things about being big is getting to wear panties. The fun illustrations help make this a fun low pressure book about potty training for girls.

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Zoo Poo: A First Toilet Training Book (Barron’s Educational Series)
by Richard Morgan is another book that encourages kids to use the potty because that’s just what humans do. Readers get to see all kinds of animals poop and then the little child who of course uses they potty. My daughter LOVED this book. I think she likes anything with babies in it and the child in this book looks very much like a baby. This is a good book for the starting stages of potty training.

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I Have To Go! (Classic Munsch) by Robert Munsch isn’t just a fun potty training book it’s a fun anytime book. The story is about a little boy who says he doesn’t need to go until whatever activity is underway and then he does and it’s a huge emergency! The book pokes fun at meddling grandparents and at the frustration parents feel too. It’s a funny book with Munsch’s special brand of absurdity that kids adore.

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Dinosaur vs. the Potty by Bob Shea is the reason my voice has been hoarse for days. My kids love, no ADORE this book.  My son who is 5 is in stitches every time we read it and my daughter who is 2  reaches for it time and time again. The thing about this book is you must read it with gusto for it to reach it’s full potential because it’s story isn’t deep it’s really just about a destructive dinosaur who doesn’t go pee when he should. Sound familiar? Kind of  like little kids who dump toys, bang and stomp and deny that they have to use the potty until the very last minute. It struck a chord at our house and I have a hunch it may at yours too.

Even Firefighters Use The Potty

Even Firefighters Go to the Potty: A Potty Training Lift-the-Flap Story by Wendy and Naomi Wax is another favorite of my son but I wasn’t as impressed. It’s hard my son loved it and since he loves Firefighters, Policemen etc.. knowing they use the potty too was great motivation for him. My concern was that there were very few women in this book. I think it’s important to show women being astronauts , police officers, and construction workers. The text was funny, the flaps were fun to reveal but I am on the fence, even though my son loved it. * Edited for 2015 My daughter also liked this book but I again noticed the lack of diversity. So it gets to votes from the kids and none from me.

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Time to Pee!
by Mo Willems is a rad potty training book that any Mo Willems fan will love. You don’t have to be a fan of this author illustrator to like this book that focuses mostly on what kids need to do when they get that full bladder feeling. This is important because kids can stay dry with help but making the choice to stop playing and going to pee is a whole other issue with potty training. Through unique humor the book encourages kids to be independent and listen to their bodies when it’s time to pee.


Duplo Rhyming Game

rhyming game This Duplo rhyming game is fantastic because you can make a bunch or just a few and it gives you another way to use these awesome blocks even if your kids insist they are too bog for them now. Rhyming is an important building block for reading and a fun one to work on with kids if you only have a few minutes. This only takes a couple of minutes to put together and while I used stickers if you have a talent for drawing you could draw the images too. Do not worry about using permanent markers on Duplo, I’ll show you a trick at the end of the post to get it all off when you want to. Check out all the fun we had with these simple Duplo rhyming game.

Gather your materials. You will need some Duplo ( although any blocks will work but it is extra fun to click them together), a permanent marker, some stickers or a talent for drawing, and a child eager to rhyme! sticker duplo rhyme matching

Dig through the stickers and find some rhyming items. This is easier than you might think. Ours were : cat/bat , dig/pig, dish/fish, wheel/seal , and barn/yarn. Some other rhyming pairs found just these two sticker pads are : goat/boat , tree/flea, cone/bone, rat/cat, and rock/sock. Stick the stickers on the blacks. It doesn’t matter if they are vertical or horizontal.duplo rhyming game for kids

Write the word below the sticker.duplo rhyming activity This came in handy for my daughter when she wasn’t sure what the wheel was. She knew it rhymed with seal because they were the last two blocks left but didn’t know what the sticker image was. After looking at the first letter she substituted the w sound as the first sound in seal and shouted out ” It’s wheel!”

Break the pairs up and invite your rhyming wizard to come and match these blocks up!Duplo rhyming puzzles for kids This is where the power of Duplo came in because it’s just enough novelty to get her excited about checking out what Mama created for her.rhyming game for kids

I was so pleased when she not only matched them up but used the written words to make deeper connections.duplo rhyme puzzles for kids

I said I’d tell you a little trick to get permanent marker off these blocks. Simple write over it with dry-erase marker. rhyme game for kidsThen wipe. That’s it!

Books That Rhyme

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Keep the learning going with some great books that rhyme!

25 picture books that rhyme

Spring Crafts and Activities For Kids { Link up here!}

rp_kids-crafts-preschool-blog-455x34711-455x3471.png I know many of you are still under a blanket of snow but here Spring came early and I am aching to see all the adorable Spring ideas you have. As always feel free to link up anything ( spring or not) that you think my readers can benefit from.<

If you need more ideas check out Spring Activities on Pinterest as well as some of our best ideas on our No Time For Flash Cards on Pinterest board,  great reading ideas on my Early Literacy board and DO NOT miss my Easter board ( I know it’s early but a little planning will make Easter a breeze! ).

Dinosaur Plates – Make Snack Time Fun!

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When I want my kids to take a big bite of food I say ” No not a little bite, take a DINO bite!” it started when my son was very little and it’s become one of those things that finds it’s way into our family lexicon. Well when I was asked to re-create a craft project from Yahoo! Makers I immediately found this Dinosaur Plate idea and fell in love.

It look complicated right? It’s not. For the full tutorial pop over to Yahoo! Makers and see but here is how I did it, and even though I may do a lot of kids crafts I have to be honest I am kind of a dud with adult ones ( patience is a problem for me). So you have to know that this was a cinch!dino plates 2

The hardest part was deciding on what color to make the plates. I decided on pink for my daughter because I have never met anyone who loves pink more than my youngest! I decided on bright green for my son and just because I usually put out three different kinds of foods for snack time I made a third and chose my favorite color aqua.dino plates 3

How awesome is plastic spray paint?dinosaur plates 5 Don’t forget to use it in a well ventilated area!  Our paint took a long time to dry because it was cold, this would be perfect for a spring break project when it’s a little warmer.

Ready for one more quick spray!dino plates 6

Ready for BIG dino bites!  The original tutorial also mentions using wax paper to line the plates for wet or oily foods. I think I will line them no matter what but that extra step is well worth the smiles after school at snack time.dino plates 8

Cat In The Hat Word Search FREE PRINTABLE

dr.seuss free printable You can’t throw huge parties for every little event but recognizing fun days like Dr.Seuss Day is a fun way to promote literacy in your home. This Cat in The Hat word search FREE printable is a great after school activity for school age kids perhaps served with green eggs and ham or one of these other Dr. Seuss inspired snacks.  Click on the image below and save the image to your computer then print. It’s that easy!

cat in the hat free printable


Need some Dr.Seuss ideas for younger kids? Here are 55 sorted by the book they are inspired by to check out. Click here to see them all

Seuss Activities for class

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