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Go outside on a windy day. Help children become aware of things being moved around by the wind.
Read a book about ramps and help your child make connections to ramps found in your neighborhood.
Explore the different types of homes animals live in. Then help your child plan and build a house for a favorite animal.
Babies love babies! Share books with your baby that contain pictures of people, especially babies.
Try a song or a rhyme as you bounce your baby on your knee or hold her in your arms.
Visit a construction site and talk with your child about the tools and machines used by construction workers.
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.
Colors are everywhere. Play simple games to help your child recognize the colors she sees around her every day.
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.
Use your baby’s fascination with fingers and toes to have fun counting.
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.
Test how different materials can make your child move down a slide faster, slower, or not at all.
Toys don’t have to be fancy or store-bought to bring hours of entertainment for your toddler.
Challenge children to build a tube trackway and send a marble down the entire length of the trackway. Encourage children to draw or write to record their observations.
Have children focus on exploring volume and timbre with their voices, and then create patterns of sounds for others to repeat.
Take children outside to explore plants and look for evidence that animals have been eating the plants.
Take children outdoors again to continue exploring the flow of water, this time to make dams.
Go outdoors and look for shapes in neighborhood houses and buildings. Have children draw shapes they find and dictate or write what part of the building the shape was found.
Have children observe how water changes directions and slows down or speeds up as it flows down a hill.