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These activities—from simple to complex—keep your little ones entertained while fostering growth in their hearts, minds and bodies.

Play Tic-Tac-Toe

Fill out the tic-tac-toe grid with your child. Winner gets a hug!

Read With Sound Effects

Choose a funny story to read together and add your own sound effects!

Make A New Recipe Together

Find a new recipe in a cookbook and make it together with your child.

Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

Teach your child “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” and indicate the parts of the body as you sing.

Guess How Many

Guess how many windows and doors are in your house, then count them.

Make A Comb Kazoo

Wrap tissue paper around a comb to make a kazoo, then have a concert.

Initials In The Snow

Put on your boots, go outside and stomp your initials in the snow.

VIDEO: Painting with Nature

VIDEO: Use ordinary objects found in nature to make paintbrushes for a fun, messy painting activity!

<5 Min: Clap to the Tempo

Listen to songs together and try to clap and count to the tempo of the beat.

Sing Me A Song

Pick a favorite, appropriate song and teach your child to sing along to the melody.

I Love You Card

Make a card for someone you love and tell them what you admire about them. Decorate it with ribbons, stickers, glitter—whatever you have lying around!

October Pumpkin Stencils

Carving pumpkins together is a great opportunity for quality time with your kids. That’s why we’ve brought back our popular pumpkin stencils featuring Explorers Club mascots Chuck the Beaver and Pepper the Meadowlark. Kids love the icky, gooey feel of pumpkin seeds, so don’t forget to play a little before you get to carving. (You …

Paper Plate Dragon

Dragons are a hot topic in pop culture and even the littlest kids are interested. There’s something about imaginary creatures like unicorns, jackalopes or dragons that get a kid’s creative juices going! If your kid’s interested in dragons right now—or if you are—here’s a fun craft you can do together! Materials Paper plate Markers or …

Build A Fort Activity

Kids are talented builders. They love to stack things, knock them over, and rebuild! Tap into that natural ability and turn something they already love doing into a quality interaction. Building is a great activity because it involves creativity, motor skills, and problem solving. That’s a lot of opportunity for brain development—no matter how old …

Make Your Own Robot!

Kids and adults alike are endlessly fascinated by robots. Just like kids, robots come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors, so there’s a lot of room for creativity. The best part about robots is that they’re perfectly suited to a mishmash of recycled junk you have around the house. That means you don’t have …

Obstacle Course Gross Motor Activity

Infants and toddlers can’t stop moving! Help your child explore different types of movement by creating a fun and safe soft obstacle course out of common objects around your house. Obstacle courses are a great way for your child to develop a strong and healthy body while learning action words! Gather objects for your obstacle …

Pull-Along Toy Activity

Sometimes the best activities are the least complicated! The early science skills that infants develop include understanding simple cause and effect. You’ll be amazed how long a child can be entertained by something as simple as this do-it-yourself pull-along toy.   Find several small toys or objects that your child can easily pull. Ask your …

Which Lid is Which?

Quality interactions with your child don’t have to be complex or expensive! Your child’s curious mind can be engaged by the simplest tasks, like matching lids to containers. This easy activity can help develop important cognitive and early science skills (persistence, focus and visual discrimination) as well as fine motor control. Collect 3–4 empty containers …

Stuffed Animal Rodeo

Rodeos can be exciting and memorable times for Wyoming families! Children love to mimic grown-up behavior, so why not let them pretend to be a cowboy or cowgirl by tie-down roping their favorite stuffed animal and developing their fine motor control skills. (No horse needed!)

Discovery Jug

Reusing and repurposing common objects around the house is a great way to keep quality activities inexpensive. All you need for this one is an empty milk jug and some small toys or objects to keep your child engaged while helping them develop their fine motor skills. Wash out a plastic milk jug and cut …

<5 Min: [Your name here] had a little lamb

Children of all ages love music! One of the easiest ways you can personalize a song is to insert the name of your child and family members into the song. This can help your child with their ability to recognize themselves and others as distinct individuals. When you sing to your child, add their name …

Leaf Rubbings

Summer is here and plants are growing! Today is the perfect time to encourage your child’s natural curiosity about the natural world by doing a leaf rubbing! Talk with your child about all the different shapes and colors leaves come in! Set leaves (vein side up) on a smooth surface.   Cover the leaf with …

Color Wheel Scavenger Hunt

Nature has all the colors of the rainbow! Let’s go on a scavenger hunt to find them all! Get your favorite crayons or markers out and fill in the color wheel with the right colors. Go outside and look for objects that match those colors. When you find an object, set it on the matching …

What Does The Fox Say?

A quick paper plate mask colored to look like an animal sets the stage for some silly fun. Talk to your child about the different sounds that animals make and see how much fun they have trying the sounds out for themselves! Gather all of your materials to make a mask. Help your child cut …

Fishing for Your Name

1. Before bath time, write the letters of your child’s name on the tops of the plastic caps. 2. When your child is in the tub, put the letters on the edge of the tub so they spell out your child’s name. Talk with your child about the letters of their name and the order …

What Lives in Water?

Turn bath-time or splash time into a learning activity with animal toys! This activity will help your toddler learn which animals live in water. 

DIY Puzzle

Puzzles are great for building logic skills through visual stimulation! You can make your own puzzle out of pretty much anything—a familiar photo, a favorite cereal box, a coloring page, etc. Laminate the pieces afterward to make the puzzle last longer. You can even add magnets to the back and keep it on the fridge …

Pom Pom Counting Game

Looking for a simple way to practice counting? Here’s a game that does just that, while also developing vocabulary, motor skills, and the concept of taking turns! Using the marker, write the numbers one through ten inside the bottom of each slot of the egg carton. Have each player choose a pom pom.  Take turns …

Developing Baby’s Eyesight

At birth, a baby’s retina is not fully developed, so they see best when there’s a large contrast between light and dark. That’s why babies love looking at high-contrast, black and white images! When you expose your baby to dark black next to bright white, you’re giving them visual stimulation crucial to their sight development. …

Recipe: Peanut Butter Play Dough

Play dough is great for strengthening little hand muscles and developing fine motor skills. This peanut butter play dough recipe ensures that your child is not playing with toxic materials, although children with a peanut allergy should avoid this particular recipe. Involve your child in the process of making the dough for an opportunity to …

Teaching How to Share

Is your child having trouble with the concept of sharing? While this behavior is completely normal, it’s important to help your child understand what sharing is and why we share. When your child has issues with sharing, sit down with them and ask them why they didn’t share X with their friend or sibling. Put …

Self-Esteem Bill of Rights

Preschool is a good time for children to start learning about rights. Explain the concept of rights and ask your preschoolers to come up with appropriate rights for the classroom. If they have trouble grasping this concept, try leading them by saying, “Should we have the right to be treated with kindness and respect?” Write …

Fine Motor “Pinterest” Board

This is a great activity to do at home or in the classroom to help develop children’s fine motor skills. Fine motor activities mostly involve the hands—holding, feeling, drawing, weaving, etc.—and build the foundation for a child’s future ability to tie their shoes, hold a pencil, and button a shirt. Give your child an old …

Developing Baby’s Neck Muscles

When carrying your baby, switch them from hip to hip so that they have to turn their head from left to right. Since babies spend a lot of time on their back, the development of the neck muscles may delay, so this simple exercise will help build baby’s neck and back muscles.

Ways to Strengthen Baby’s Core Muscles

Babies need strong core muscles in order to eventually be able to sit, crawl, and walk. That’s why it’s important young babies spend time on their tummies and not just their backs. You will most commonly hear this referred to as “Tummy Time,” and it can happen any time, anywhere. Spread a blanket out in …