• 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
    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...
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    Reading Activities
    Benefits of Reading as a Teen
    What the research says about teens who read for enjoyment. ...
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    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...
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    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...
  • 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! ...
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    Writing Activities
    Brainstorming Activity
    Brainstorming ActivityAccording to Susan K. Perry in Playing Smart, the more a child uses brainstorming skills, the more creative a thinker she will be. Brainstorming is thinking up as many answers to a question as possible. Below are some ideas ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    Book Finder
    Book Finder
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    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...
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    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...
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    Writing Activities
    When I Grow Up
    When I Grow Up Required: Your time only What if your child could gaze into a crystal ball and tell you what other children in the family, the neighborhood, or at school are going to be doing in 15 years? True, a crystal ball is hard to come by t...
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    Math Activities
    Teaching Kids About Roman Numerals
    Teaching Kids About Roman NumeralsA guide to the rules of Roman Numerals.Materials Pencil PaperDirections Explain to your child that the number symbols we use every day came from Arabia and are called Arabic numerals. A different system was used ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
  • 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 ...
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    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 ...
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    Writing Activities
    Writing to the President
    Writing to the PresidentMaterials Writing paper Pen Envelope Postage stamp Directions There are many reasons kids would like to write to the president. They might be concerned about the environment or youth crime. Your letter will be read by a ...
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    Baby Names
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    Geography Activities
    Spin the Globe
    Spin the Globe Required: Atlas or globe Reference materials Looking for a great vacation spot for your family? Then spin the globe (or flip through an atlas or scan a map) while you're unwinding, and you and your child can plan the perfect trip....