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Thoughtful Thinking

Encourage your child to think of a thoughtful thing they can do for someone else. Here are a few ideas you may suggest: Picking up trash at the park Help carrying groceries in from the store Helping a sibling or friend put toys away without being prompted to do so...

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Music Maker

Fill several bowls, cups, jars, or vases with different levels of water. Using a wooden spoon, tap each container to hear different tones. Challenge your child to identify how the water level affects the sound produced. 

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Zoo Yoga

These animal yoga poses are fun and will improve your child’s flexibility!  Butterfly While seated place feet together. Raising your knees up and down makes it look like a butterfly flapping its wings. Great inner thigh stretch. Giraffe Have your child...

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Finish The Story

Start a story and then ask your child to create their own ending! Bonus activity: Have your child illustrate the ending they created.

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What’s That Feeling?

Have your child make a face, while you guess what feeling they’re expressing! Us “feeling” words to acknowledge and label emotions they are showing —“You’re very mad! “You look sad .” This helps your child to feel understood and learn to use words to describe...

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Plant seeds together (grass seeds work well). Let your child water them and put the pot in a sunny place. Extend learning with these activities: Watch the calendar, marking off days until you see a shoot peeking through the soil. Take pictures as the plant grows. Put...

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Pirate for a Day

Play pirates and create a treasure map of x’s for your child to follow. Cut 5–10 large x-shapes from colored paper and lay them in a path leading through your house or yard. Have the path end at a “treasure”—a small healthy snack, sticker, or favorite...

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Taste Test

Pick out two to three foods your child hasn’t tried before and taste them together! Ask your child to describe the flavor and texture. If they don’t like it ask them “Why?” For Infants: When baby makes a face while eating, say, “You don’t...

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Code Word

Read together and move at the same time! Have your child pick their favorite book, and then pick a code word – a word that will be repeated often! Every time you read the code word have your child stand up or do a jumping jack. Example: “Cat” might...

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Body Language

Touch parts of baby’s body like her nose, toes, and belly button, and name them as you go!

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In Sync

Look up the lyrics to your child’s newest favorite song and learn the words together.

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Movie Star

Lights, camera, action! Grab your camera or cell phone and record a video or your child doing everyday activities. Watch the video and point out to the child that it’s him on the screen playing with his favorite toy or eating dinner.

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Whip it

Whipping cream is a wonderful indoor sensory activity that toddlers love! Lay down a towel then squirt cream on a pan. For extra fun try adding food coloring! Don’t have whipping cream on hand? You can also use shaving cream!

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Balancing Act

Tape a line on the floor in different ways (zig zag, curvy or straight). Ask your child to walk along on the line, trying their best to balance! Next, try walking backward!

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Gratitude Paper Chain

Have children write what they’re thankful for on strips of paper and use the strips to make a gratitude chain to hang up.

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Frog Hop

See how many times can you hop like a frog! Can you ribbit and hop at the same time? Think of other animals that hop and imitate them!

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Mirror, Mirror

Look at your face in the mirror and make three different faces. Talk about what makes you unique!

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Nature Walk

Go for a walk together, taking time to feel tree bark, hold a leaf, pinecones or rock, and make scratches in the dirt. 

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Illustrated By

After reading a book together, ask your child to draw a picture of their favorite scene.

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Dressing Game

When you’re dressing your baby, point to body parts and playfully count them.

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Tell a Joke

Tell a joke. What do you call a pig that knows karate? A pork chop!

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