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  • Entertainment and Activities
    Writing Activities
    All-About-Me Book
    All-About-Me Book Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 45 minutes Materials: Light-colored construction or bond paper Markers Magazines Scissors White craft glue Your child can create a lasting memory. H...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Writing Activities
    Making Captions
    Making Captions Activity for an individual child Age group: 30-40 months Duration of activity: 10 minutes Materials: Bond paper Crayons or markers Picture book (optional) This is a fantastic way to show your child that words are talk written dow...
  • Interactive Alphabet ABCs App
    Mobile Apps
    10 Best Apps to Help Kids Learn to Read
    From learning the alphabet to stringing letter sounds together, reading requires a foundation of many skills. These interactive apps can help provide the building blocks of reading, focusing on literacy skills including phonetic awareness, site w...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Science Activities
    Nighttime Binoculars
    Nighttime Binoculars Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 20 minutes Materials: 2 toilet paper tubes 4 large rubber bands 2 squares clear plastic wrap or tinted cellophane Crayons Star-shaped stickers (o...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Learning Activities for Toddlers
    Blown Pictures
    Blown Pictures Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 10 minutes Materials: Tempera paint Plastic spoons Light-colored construction or bond paper Plastic straws This is a fun way for your child to learn ab...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Learning Activities for Toddlers
    Cloud Pictures
    Cloud Pictures Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: Nonmenthol shaving cream White craft glue Thick paintbrushes Your child will learn a bit about clouds and explore a unique textur...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Reading Activities
    Benefits of Reading as a Teen
    What the research says about teens who read for enjoyment. ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Learning Activities for Toddlers
    Rain Painting
    Rain Painting Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 20 minutes Materials: Food coloring Paper plate This is a great way for your child to observe how water reacts with other materials. Your child will als...
  • School and Learning
    Children and Music
    Your Toddler, the Artist
    Your Toddler, the Artist Even one-year-olds take satisfaction in creating works of art and love to admire and show off the products of their work. You can encourage your young artist by giving him plenty of supplies: Childproofing Make sure that...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Skill-Building Activities
    Skill Building Through Play
    Skill Building Through Play Before his second birthday, your one-year-old will learn, practice, and perhaps even master a remarkable number of skills. He will move from crawling to walking to running. He will go from babbling to chattering. On h...
  • Family Life
    Global Warming
    The Greenhouse Effect Experiments
    The Greenhouse Effect ExperimentsWith all the talk about global warming these days, do you know how to explain the greenhouse effect to your kids? For a great example of this phenomenon, look no further than your own driveway! Did you know... Yo...
    Dennis Randall
  • Certificates and Rewards Printables
    Certificate for First Time Writing Your Name
    Print out this certificate to congratulate your child for writing her name for the first time! ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Science Activities
    World's Fair
    World's Fair Required: Reference materials Drawing supplies If you and your child can't travel to visit the next World's Fair, how about bringing the next World's Fair into your living room? Assign family members specific countries, and they can...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Writing Activities
    Wise Animals
    Wise Animals Required: Your time only Have you ever looked at a cat and just known that it was thinking: "A meow in time saves nine?" Ask your child about the words of wisdom that would roll off the tongues of your pets (or animals in your neigh...
  • 10 ways to improve reading skills
    Reading Activities
    The Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Child's Reading Skills
    Nothing is more important to academic achievement than being a good reader. Parents know their children best and can provide the one-on-one time and attention that will lead them to success in reading. Here is a list of ways to help your children...
    Peggy Gisler, Ed.S. and Marge Eberts, Ed.S.
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Writing Activities
    Unofficial Biographer
    Unofficial Biographer Required: Reference materials Does your child have a future in reference book publishing? Here's an entry-level assignment that can serve as a preview. Your child chooses a person he or she is studying in school—a famous ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Science Activities
    Sum of Their Parts
    Sum of Their Parts Required: Your time only Here's a nuts-and-bolts activity that you and your child are sure to enjoy. It's also a great way of finding out what your child knows about nuts, bolts, and a host of other common "building blocks." W...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Imaginative Play
    Spinners
    Spinners Required: Paper plate, thin cardboard, brad, scissors, markers Some things are best left to fate… and other things are best left to fortune-tellers. Here's an easy way for your child to make a fortune-telling device that's guaranteed ...