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Title Description Seasons Ages
Air Painting Spoon small puddles of paint onto a piece of paper. Use a straw to blow on the paint to create unusual works of art. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Animal Talk for Toddlers Take your child to see some animals at a zoo, farm, or around the neighborhood, then do these fun activities about animals. SpSuFa Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Apple "Sense" It is easier for children to learn when they use all their senses. Here is a way to provide a nutritious snack that will involve learning more about apples. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
April Fool's Day - April 1 April is National Humor Month. Go through your drawers and closets to find old clothes in bright colors for clown costumes. Sp Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Ask Questions Ask your child questions frequently. This will help them to learn to talk and learn new words to describe their surroundings, experiences, and feelings. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Baby Play Play a Look and Listen game with your baby. See if your baby can focus on your voice and find out where you are from the direction of the sound of your voice. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Baby Talk and Nature Walks Babies need to hear us talking about things from the time they are born. They also need to see new things to learn. Take your baby for a walk around the yard. Talk about what you see. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Back to School! As parents, you can help your children to become great learners. Here are a few things you can do to make your home a learning place. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Ball Toss For indoor play, make a ball of crumpled newspaper and tape it firmly. Have your child try a number of activities with the indoor newspaper ball or with a regular ball. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Balloon Toss Cool off on a hot summer day with this water balloon activity. SpSu Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Be Encouraging Let your child know that they are doing a good job! SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Binoculars These easy-to-make binoculars are a good prop for all kinds of dramatic play activities. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Blowin' in the Wind Your baby will learn about sounds and movement when wind blows. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Celebrate Your Family Children can make books about their families, homes, and pets. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Charlie Chaplin Recite this poem to your baby while moving her legs as directed.
From Games to Play with Babies by Jackie Silberg, 1993.
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SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
ClapMyHands Children learn to follow directions while clapping their hands, singing and having fun. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Clock Finger Play Finger Play about clocks SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Cloud Watching Cloud watching is a fun activity for most any time of the year. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
ComparingMe Great way to make each child feel special and unique. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Countdown Chain Make a paper chain to help the children count the number of days until a special holiday arrives. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Creative Collages Toddlers enjoy being creative and silly. Give your child some colored paper to rip and tear. Then have him glue the pieces on the background paper to make silly creatures and shapes. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Cutting Junk Mail Toddlers can begin using scissors and develop cutting skills by cutting junk mail. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Dinner Placemats For your special holiday dinner, why not ask your children to make placemats that are unique and beautiful? This project is fun and easy for everyone. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Does It Sink? Will It Float? Have your child collect some things from around the house and yard which he can test to see if they sink or float. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Dominoes Make your own set of dominoes using cardboard rectangles. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Earth Day - April Celebrate by teaching your children about how they can keep our environment clean, by recycling, picking up trash, etc. Sp Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Find the Lid Let your toddler have fun by matching the lids and jars. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Finger Painting You can purchase finger paints, or use the simple recipe to make your own. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Finger Plays Fun finger plays about some things your child may see outdoors. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
First Day of Spring Celebrate the first day of Spring with these ideas. Sp Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Follow The Leader Each child can enjoy being the leader. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Footprint Fun Children love to step in the water, then make footprints in the dry area. This can amuse a child for a long time. SpSuFa Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Freeze Dance Play music and have your child dance to it. Tell your child that when you stop the music suddenly, she should stop and "freeze." SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Fun with Bubbles There are many ways to have fun with bubbles. Here is a recipe to make your own bubbles and some suggestions for bubble activities. SpFa Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Fun with Water! This is a great cool down activity on hot days. SpSu Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Glove Puppets Use the fingers of old gloves to make finger puppets for your children. Have the children draw faces and decorate the fingers and then give a puppet show! SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Going Fishin' Have a theme day devoted to reading stories and playing games related to fish and fishing. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
GrowingUpFit Ideas to help infants grow up fit. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Handprint Painting Have your child press his hand in the paint then make a print on a piece of paper. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Homemade Play Dough Children can help to measure and mix the ingredients for this nice, soft dough that they can use to make things. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
I See a Happy Thing Explain to the children that they are going on a search. They are going to be looking for the things that make them happy in their room. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
I Spy Game Have your child guess what you are looking at by giving the hint, "I spy with my little eye a rectangle (or circle, triangle, or square). SpFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Indoor Tenting Use blankets or sheets draped over a table or chairs to make a tent. Your child can pretend to be in a castle, a cave, play house, or whatever she imagines. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Jump the Creek Game Use string or rope to make a pretend creek, then, practice jumping across it without getting wet! SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
KeepUpToddlers Keep toddlers active. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Make Your Own Books Children love to read books they have created themselves. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Make Your Own Matching Game Your child can draw the pictures, make the game, and then have fun playing the game. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Making Rainbows Exciting results with a garden hose and a wam sunny day. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Marching Band For some fun with bands, teach your child this finger play with the motions. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
May Day Get outside for the day and explore all that the spring season has to offer. Head out to your favorite spot with the kids and just relax. Sp Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Milk Carton Blocks Cut the pointed ends off clean paper milk carton. Fit the cut ends inside each other. You can make the size of the blocks different by varying the size of the piece you cut off the carton. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Mother's Day If you are a mother searching for ways to spend your special day with your children, think of the most relaxing, stress-free activity possible...this is your day! Sp Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Movement Activities with Babies It’s good for babies to move around. Here are some ideas to make movement more fun for both of you when you are holding your baby. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Muffin Tin Game Babies learn one-to-one correspondence, language, fine motor skills, and more with this fun game. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Obstacle Course Make an obstacle course in one of your rooms using tables, chairs, toy blocks, etc. Direct your child to climb over, under, and around these things. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Old MacDonald Sing the song “Old MacDonald” with baby. As you sing the verse about each animal, hold the toy animal up, say it’s name and it’s sound. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Paint with Potatoes Cut an apple, pear, or potato in half. Dip your fruit or vegetable into the paint and press onto construction paper to make a colorful garden picture. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Painting in the Rain Use tempra paint, paper plates or butcher paper, and rain or spray bottles to create original designs. SpSu Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Painting with Crayons Draw a crayon picture, the paint over it with watercolors to get a special effect. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Painting with Water Toddlers can paint with water on construction paper of various colors. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Paper Fan Make a paper fan by drawing a picture on a piece of paper and then folding. SpSuFa Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Paper Tearing This is a good activity for energetic children. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Party Decorations Children enjoy parties! They are even more fun when the children help with the decorations. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Pasta Collages Your child can glue the pasta onto the cardboard or paper, making a variety of designs. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Planting Fun Finger Play Finger play with gardening theme SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Playing with Fabric Infants and/or toddlers can be given a variety of fabric pieces to stimulate sensory experiences. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Playing with Yarn Toddlers can experiment with and manipulate pieces of yarn SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Poetry Month - March Plan a day to visit the library and find some fun poems during March, the Poetry Month. Sp Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
PretendProduceStand Make produce stand using clay, play dough, or construction paper to make pretend fruit. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Print Art Your child can dip the tops or bottoms of the small containers or boxes into the paint, then make a print on the paper making designs with the prints. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Print Fun This is a fun activity for your child to explore different shapes. It can be done with children of all ages. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Prop Boxes Put some small toys or other items in a shoe or boot box for your child to use as props for dramatic play. Label the box with the theme. Here are some suggestions. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Pudding Paint Put a small amount of pudding or yogurt on baby’s highchair tray and let baby "fingerpaint" on the tray. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Rainy Day Art Painting in rain. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Rainy Day Finger Plays to Teach Your Child Fun finger plays to do indoors on a rainy day. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Rainy Day Fun Rainy day activities to enjoy after a rain storm. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Rat-a-Tat-Tat-Drums Cover the sides of the oatmeal box with colored paper. Glue to hold in place. Use colored tape to decorate the sides of the drum. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
RippingGoodTime An exciting time ripping paper and making a collage. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Rock'n Roll with Baby This game will encourage your baby to match words, objects, and actions. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Rolling Bottles Follow these directions to turn a two-liter soda bottle filled with colored water into interesting and colorful toy for infants and toddlers. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Sandbox Fun! Suggestions for sandbox toys. SpSuFa Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Shaker Bottles Make several shakers for baby to enjoy by putting a small amount of any of the listed, colorful items in a clean, clear soda or sport drink bottle. Glue the lid securely in place. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Shape Art Trace shapes on colored paper and cut them out, then use them to make designs and objects. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
ShapeDrawings Great way to teach children to follow directions and enhance their motor skills. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Shaving Cream Finger Paints Mix shaving cream with food colors to make fun finger paints. SpSuFa Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Silly Stuff Do silly things with your baby, and then try to get him or her to copy you. Here re some ideas. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Singing with Puppets and/or Stuffed Animals Toddlers can sing songs and chant rhymes, etc. while holding/using puppets. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Sponge Painting Use sponges cut into different shapes, dipped in paint, and pressed onto paper to create interesting works of art! SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Springtime Sightings Take a nature walk and look for signs of spring. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
St. Patrick's Day - March 17 Make shamrocks to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Sp Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Strike Up the Band! You and your child can make some simple musical instruments. Then put on some music, form a band, and march around the house “playing” the instruments. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Summer Celebrations! Plan holiday celebrations by waving your flag, have a special picnic, watch a parade, invite friends and relatives for a visit. SpSu Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
The Squirrel - Finger Play This is a cute squirrel poem with motions. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
This Is the Way I Wash My Face Singing songs can make learning fun for kids. This activity uses the tune of Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush for a song about daily routines and getting dressed. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
This Little Cow Play this game with baby’s fingers or toes, as you would play “This Little Piggy”. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Tire Tracks Use tempra paint and toy cars to make interesting paint designs on paper. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Tissue Paper Painting Tissue paper, a paint brush, and water combine to make interesting water color designs and pictures. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Toss in the Box Boxes and balls can make a challenging game for small children. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Treasure Map Send the children on a treasure hunt right in your own home or yard. Hide treasure in spots that your children can easily recognize on a hand-made map. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Trees - Finger Play This poem about trees has motions for the children to do as the poem is read. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Tube Art Save cardboard tubes of all sizes from paper towel rolls, wrapping paper rolls, etc. Children can decorate them to use as pretend telescopes when looking at things while on a walk or playing outdoors. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Walkie Talkies Use paper cups and string to make the fun toy. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Washing the Baby When bathing your toddler, find an extra washcloth for your child to use to bathe a baby doll. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Water Paint for Toddlers Give your toddler a bucket of water and a variety of paint brushes, rollers, sponges, etc and let them paint the outside of the house, the sidewalk, patio, or driveway. SpSuFa Infant/Toddler
Where's the Music Wind up or turn on a musical toy and hide it somewhere in the room. Ask baby, "Where's the music?" and then help her find it. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
Wiggle - Finger Play A fun poem with motions about hands and fingers. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Windy Day Finger Play Finger play fun to enjoy on a windy day. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Wreath of Hands Make colorful wreaths with construction paper hand tracings. SpSuFaWi Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary
Youth Art Month - March Encourage your children to participate in a avariety of art projects. Here are some ideas. Sp Infant/Toddler
PreschoolEarly_Elementary

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