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Go outside on a windy day. Help children become aware of things being moved around by the wind.
Practice hand and arm motions that go across a baby’s middle to help build muscles and skills that prepare them for writing.
Make each child a “Book About ME” with family photos and magazine pictures of favorite things. Encourage family members to read the book with their child.
Listen to different kinds of music with babies. Sing and dance with babies or plan group sing-alongs to get them moving, learning, and having fun.
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.
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.
Support babies as they figure out how to fit smaller boxes into larger ones or stack objects on top of one another.
Try a song or a rhyme as you bounce your baby on your knee or hold her in your arms.
Help your baby see the world from a new perspective when you play “airplane.” Ready, set, take off!
Explore how the texture and consistency of foods can change as you make a snack with children. Expand the exploration to include dry/wet sand or mud.
Playing with paints is a great way to let your toddler express herself, experiment, and have fun.
Nonfiction for toddlers? Yes! Concept books about shapes, colors, numbers, and other topics, helps your child learn about the world around her.
When your toddler helps you cook, he’s also learning math!
Use your baby’s fascination with fingers and toes to have fun counting.
Dance together to all different kinds of music.
Help children master new skills, remember new ideas, and investigate the world. Find opportunities to include new concepts, ideas, and words in their play in different ways.
Encourage children to share what they know about colors and record their discoveries on a chart.