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    Activities for Toddlers
    Walk the Plank
    Walk the PlankTime 10 to 15 minutes Materials Flat piece of wood that is at least an inch thick and 5 feet long Directions Lay the board on the grass or indoors on a rug and show your toddler how to walk across it with your hands extended to the...
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    Stomp and Pop
    Stomp and PopTime 10 minutes Materials StringScissorsBalloons Directions Blow up a balloon and tie a piece of string on it about 18 inches long.Tie the other end around your ankles and hop about as you try to pop each other's balloons. Extensions...
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    Rope Games
    Rope GamesThis activity is good for either indoor or outdoor play. Materials Long rope Directions Lay a long rope in a zigzag pattern in the grass or on your deck. See if your child can walk on the rope. Lay the rope in a straight line like a tig...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    Beach-Blanket Fun
    Beach-Blanket FunTime 15 to 20 minutes Materials Large blanket or towel Directions Your toddler will enjoy feeling the pull of gravity from the middle of a large blanket that you drag slowly around the floor. Talk about what you are doing and ho...
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    Rainbow Binoculars
    Rainbow BinocularsTime 20 to 30 minutes Materials Rubber bands4 to 6 empty toilet paper rollsAt least 2 colors of clear plastic food wrap cut into 4-inch squares Directions How different the world looks through these magical colored lenses. Place...
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    Seesaw
    SeesawTime 5 minutes Materials None Directions Sit on the floor facing each other and hold hands.Lean forward so your toddler goes back and reverse the process in a seesaw motion. Extensions Take turns taking the lead and deciding how fast to go....
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    Row, Row, Row Your Boat
    Row, Row, Row Your BoatDirections Sit on the floor across from your child, legs spread far enough apart so that you can hold hands. Pull your child toward you, then lean forward and have your child lean back. Continue the rocking motion, forward...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    Mud Pies for Sale
    Mud Pies for SaleTime 20 to 30 minutes Materials Dirt or sandWater Directions Find a comfortable place to sit by some dirt or sand and mix up a batch with the hands.Scoop and mold into smooth pies and set out to dry in the sun.The next step is t...
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    Adopt a Tree
    Adopt a TreeTime 20 to 30 minutes Materials TreeTape measurerPaperPencil Directions Find a tree that you both think is special and adopt it.Explore it by touch. Measure its circumference.Research its variety and particular needs for optimal growt...
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    Marshmallow Magic
    Marshmallow MagicTime 15 to 20 minutes Materials Dark paperWhite glueSaucerMiniature marshmallows Directions The stark contrast of black and white makes the use of space all the more obvious to the developing artist. Pour a small amount of glue i...
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    Clothespin Drop
    Clothespin DropMaterials Clean plastic milk jug with lid (1/2-gallon or 1-gallon size) 6--8 clothespins Directions Put the clothespins in the jug and screw on the lid. Your toddler will enjoy shaking the jug with the clothespins inside. Show her ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    Rise and Fall
    Rise and FallTime 5 minutes Materials Small hand drum or other object to beat Directions Lie down together on your stomachs and beat the drum twice.On the first beat, raise the stomach off the floor.On the second beat, bring it back down flat.Let...
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    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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    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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    Drawing and Painting
    Cling Wrap Painting
    Cling Wrap PaintingMaterials White paper Paint Spoons Plastic cling wrap Directions Using a spoon, dribble paint onto the paper. Use several different colors. Place a sheet of plastic cling wrap over the paint (make sure the cling wrap covers the...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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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...