• Entertainment and Activities
    Guessing Games
    Sound Quiz
    Sound QuizMaterials Tape recorder Blank cassette tape Directions Go around your house, yard, school, and neighborhood listening for interesting sounds. Tape sounds, leaving about ten seconds of blank tape between sounds. Make sure you make a list...
  • School and Learning
    Sound
    Can You Hear Me?
    Can You Hear Me?Time 5 to 10 minutes Materials Large pieces of furniture to hide behind Directions In this variation of peekaboo, you hide behind a piece of furniture. Call your baby by name, grabbing their attention before you pop out. Extension...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Early Learning Activities
    Find the Sound
    Find the SoundTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Masking tape3 small empty milk cartons2 kinds of colored contact paper Bell Directions This is a decision game that your baby will love. Put the bell into a carton and seal all 3 cartons securely with...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Science Activities
    Ocean Sounds
    Ocean SoundsTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials GlassWater Directions Sound waves can mimic the sounds of the ocean. Fill the glass halfway with water and hold it to your child's ear to "hear" the ocean. This happens because the water movement on the...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    Echo Excitement
    Echo ExcitementTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials MailboxDirections While you are out on a walk, stop at your mailbox, lift up your baby, and as you open the lid, shout inside. The echo is terrific and will bring surprised looks and more calling and...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Early Learning
    Ticking Away
    Ticking AwayTime 5 minutes Materials Ticking clock Directions Hide a fairly loud ticking clock behind your back and ask your baby what the sound is, bringing it out to show the source of the sound. Extensions Hide the clock under a blanket and ...
  • School and Learning
    Sound
    Hide the Clock
    Hide the ClockThis game works well with mixed age groups. Materials Clock or timer that ticks loudly Directions Have all the kids leave the room while you hide the clock or timer. At your signal, the kids return and search for the clock. The winn...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Learning Activities for Toddlers
    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
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Learning Activities for Toddlers
    Shaker Bottle
    Shaker BottleMaterials Clean, empty 16-ounce soda bottle with cap Colored rice or pasta Glue gun or quick-bonding glue Directions Make sure the soda bottle you are using is clean and dry. Place colored rice or pasta into the bottle and glue the c...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • School and Learning
    Activities for Preschoolers
    Hide and Seek
    Hide and Seek Materials Kitchen timerDirections Wind up your kitchen timer and hide it somewhere in the house. Have your child search for it by listening for its ticking sound. ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • School and Learning
    Activities for Preschoolers
    Listening Game
    Listening GameDirections Have your child close her eyes and guess the sounds you make. Use household objects, such as keys, coins, silverware, or a whistle. Tap on a pot with a spoon, snap your fingers, or click your tongue. ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book