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    Activities for Toddlers
    Mirror Play
    Mirror PlayTime 15 to 30 minutes Materials MirrorDry-erase pen Directions You can make yourself look silly with new features without any mess if you try this activity. Stand very still in front of a mirror and use the dry-erase pen to add feature...
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    Activities for Toddlers
    Soapy Giants
    Soapy GiantsTime 15 to 20 minutes Materials 1 cup liquid dish detergentWire coat hangarWaterFlat cake panDuct tape1/2 cup corn syrup Directions The sensitivity that it takes to create and enjoy a giant bubble encourages gentle and caring behavior...
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    Body Parts Activity
    Body Parts ActivityTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Nose tissues Directions There are so many body parts and so many new words to learn, but this activity makes it fun. As you call out body parts (ears, eyes, nose, knees, back, etc.), put the tiss...
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    Magic Celery
    Magic CeleryTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Celery stalksClean jarsFood coloring Directions Celery stalks take on beautiful flower-like colors when you place them stem down into jars of colored water about an inch deep.Leave several hours or overn...
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    Activities for Toddlers
    Moving So Carefully
    Moving So CarefullyTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials CupWaterMasking tape Directions Tape a finish line to the floor or sidewalk and give your toddler a cup that is nearly full of water. The challenge is to walk to the line, spilling as little as po...
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    Playing Taxi
    Playing TaxiTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Two chairs Directions Pretend play can begin during the toddler stage if you lead the way. Place the chairs side by side and pretend you are the taxi driver.Ask your toddler where to go, giving suggestio...
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    Nursery Rhymes
    Walking Through the Jungle
    Walking Through the JungleDirections Pretend to walk very carefully through the jungle and mime the actions to suggest each animal. It's easy to make up more verses for this rhyme.Walking through the jungle, What did I see? A big lion roaring At ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    Neighborly Fun
    Neighborly FunTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Cookies or fruit Directions Someone new in the neighborhood gives you a chance to model kindness to your child. Package up some cookies or fruit attractively and walk together to give it as a gift of ...
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    Activities for Toddlers
    Light to Dark
    Light to DarkTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Clear glass of waterFood coloring Directions Exploring color helps young children learn about their environment and all of its subtleties. Put a single drop of color into the water and stir.Talk about t...
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    Activities for Toddlers
    Cross the River
    Cross the RiverTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Thin cardboard or heavy paperScissorsMasking tape Directions Cut out several 8- to 10-inch circles and tape them to the floor in a straight line so that they are close enough to move from one to the o...
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    Activities for Toddlers
    Early Morning Fun
    Early Morning FunIf your toddler is an early riser, you may find this idea will give you a few extra minutes of precious sleep. Materials Basket or small plastic crate 2--3 quiet toys, games, or activities Directions Before you go to bed at night...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    Activities for Toddlers
    Smashing Towers
    Smashing TowersTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Set of small table blocks Directions Toddlers enjoy knocking things down as much as building them. Make a tower of blocks and tip it over together with a gentle and slow movement. Extensions Make se...
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    Gardening
    Care for a Plant
    Care for a PlantTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Empty jarToothpicksWaterAn avocado seed Directions Caring for a plant is a vivid way to teach responsibility for things we love. First, you can enjoy the avocado for lunch.Then, poke 3 or 4 toothpick...
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    Activities for Toddlers
    Hidden Prizes
    Hidden PrizesTime 10 to 15 minutes Materials Plastic tub full of sandSmall metal objectsMagnet Directions A magnet is fun to play with, and in this activity it is paired with the excitement of a treasure hunt. Hide the metal objects in the sand ...
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    Activities for Toddlers
    Empty and Full
    Empty and FullTime 10 to 15 minutes Materials Cotton ballsPlastic sandwich bags Directions Work together to fill the sandwich bags with cotton balls, one at a time. It is surprising how long this seemingly simple activity can take and how focuse...
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    Bug Prints
    Bug PrintsTime 30 minutes Materials White paperPencilInkpad Directions Your child has probably never taken a close look at fingerprints, let alone used them for play. Set out the paper and make fingerprints using an inkpad.Use a pencil to add leg...