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Have children sort pictures of animals by their colors and talk about how some animals blend into their environment.
Explore the different types of homes animals live in. Then help your child plan and build a house for a favorite animal.
Have children watch the video PEEP and the Big Wide World “Chirp Builds a Nest.” Encourage children to browse through books from the Library Center to find out more about how animals build their homes.
Provide some artificial plants and real plants for children to compare with their senses.
Give toddlers ongoing opportunities to ask questions. Tune into their signs and gestures of questioning and respond by giving them words for what they seem to be asking.
Have children build a carwash out of blocks and to drive the toy cars and truck through for a good washing.
Get up close and engage in babble talk conversations with babies. Babies practice sounds by lip-reading, so let them watch your mouth as you talk.
Babies love babies! Share books with your baby that contain pictures of people, especially babies.
Help your baby discover the magic in everyday objects.
Move a baby’s arms up and down and back and forth or count his fingers and toes as you use songs, chants, and nursery rhymes to introduce patterns and counting games.
Have your child explore water at bath time with plastic containers of different shapes and sizes.
Invite children to recreate a bear habitat using blocks. Talk about where bears live and the sounds they might hear.
Read aloud Bears Snores On by Karma Wilson to children. Focus on the sounds in the story, and talk about the sounds animals make.
Have children trace the letter “B” onto their paper. Remove the stencil and have them decorate the page.
Support babies as they figure out how to fit smaller boxes into larger ones or stack objects on top of one another.
Invite children to become percussionists like the little girl in My Family Plays Music. Have them tap the blocks lightly with wooden spoons.
Show the blueprint in Building a House by Byron Barton. Have children draw a blueprint for a building they would like to build.
Have children draw, dictate, or write something that surprised them as they were exploring making objects and float and sink. Compile the pages to make a group book.
Engage babies in reading right from the start. Read to babies, but let them explore books with their eyes, mouths, and fingers, too!
Try a song or a rhyme as you bounce your baby on your knee or hold her in your arms.