Big and Small Shapes

Prep: 10 Minutes / Activity Time: 5-10 Minutes

Recognizing similarities and differences is an important pre-reading skill. This activity will help your child develop observation skills she will need to distinguish between alphabet letters.

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First Writing Exploration

Prep: 5 Minutes / Activity Time: 5 Minutes

Many toddlers begin to explore with a pencil or crayon between 18 and 24 months. If your toddler shows an interest, you can provide crayons, a suitable writing surface, and a safe place to scribble.

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What's That?

Prep: None / Activity Time: 5-7 Minutes

Toddlers at this age enjoy pointing to and naming objects. You may often hear the words, “What’s that?” Use that simple question to build new vocabulary for your toddler.

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Where’s the Monkey?

Prep: 10 Minutes / Activity Time: 2-5 Minutes

By this age your little one has been watching your lips and seeing how certain sounds are formed. Help him become familiar with sounds by collecting pictures of objects he can point to and name.

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Wonderful Water

Prep: 5-10 Minutes / Activity Time: 15-20 Minutes

With this activity, your little one can pour, splash, stir, squeeze, and squirt her way to success!

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Let’s See If We Can Find It!

Prep: None / Activity Time: 5-10 Minutes

Hide some of your toddler’s toys and let her find them. Hiding games are favorites for toddlers and they help them stay focused on an activity.

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Little Bird

Prep: None / Activity Time: 3-5 Minutes

Toddlers love to respond to action words by performing the actions. Say these poems and perform the actions with your toddler. You will both end up laughing!

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Echo Me!

Prep: None / Activity Time: 1-3 Minutes

As young children begin to use more words to communicate, they will often try to echo the sounds the adult makes, which is an important early skill for later phonological awareness development.

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Playful Painting

Prep: 5-10 Minutes / Activity Time: 5-10 Minutes

This activity will encourage your toddler to use the muscles in his hand, wrist and arm to create unique designs on a large canvas. By allowing little ones to explore materials in new and interesting ways, you can provide the practice needed to strengthen the muscles that will one day be used for writing and illustrating stories!

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Listening for Sounds Outside

Prep: None / Activity Time: 5 Minutes

Help your toddler become aware of the many sounds of nature and the outdoors. You can name the sounds you hear and you might even try to imitate them.

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