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A Windy Day

Go outside on a windy day. Help children become aware of things being moved around by the wind.

Across the Middle

Practice hand and arm motions that go across a baby’s middle to help build muscles and skills that prepare them for writing.

All About ME

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.

All Kinds of Music

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. 

Asking Questions

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. 

Babble Talk

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. 

Baby Face

Babies love babies! Share books with your baby that contain pictures of people, especially babies.

Baby Treasure Box

Help your baby discover the magic in everyday objects.

Back and Forth, Up and Down

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.

Bigger and Bigger

Support babies as they figure out how to fit smaller boxes into larger ones or stack objects on top of one another.

Bouncy Time

Try a song or a rhyme as you bounce your baby on your knee or hold her in your arms.

Captain Baby

Help your baby see the world from a new perspective when you play “airplane.” Ready, set, take off!

Changing Textures

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.

Color Mix

Playing with paints is a great way to let your toddler express herself, experiment, and have fun.

Colors, Shapes, and More

Nonfiction for toddlers? Yes! Concept books about shapes, colors, numbers, and other topics, helps your child learn about the world around her.

Cooking with Math

When your toddler helps you cook, he’s also learning math!

Count Your Fingers and Toes!

Use your baby’s fascination with fingers and toes to have fun counting.

Dance Party

Dance together to all different kinds of music.

Different Ways to Play

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.

Draw and Write Together: “Colors” Chart

Encourage children to share what they know about colors and record their discoveries on a chart.

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