- With your child: make animals, people, etc., from pipe cleaners, string large beads, use play money.
- Make a tent with and old curtain, sheet or blanket draped over a card table or two chairs.
- Make puppets from old socks. Tell a story with characters.
- Plant seeds in paper cups (lemon, orange, grapefruit seeds, grass seeds, carrot top, sweet potato, etc.).
- Cut and paste together on a piece of cardboard scraps of old fabric.
- Use cardboard boxes like blocks.
- Play dress-up.
- Dance to a favorite song on the stereo.
- Finger paint a design on a table using shaving cream.
- Use modeling clay or “playdoh” (get out the cookie cutters, rolling pins, silverware, etc.)
- Blow and catch bubbles.
- Make puppets from paper bags.
- Give crayons and paper and let him create a picture (scribbling is important at an early age).
- Fill the sink or dishpan with water and let your child play: provide cups, sponges, etc.
- Read and listen to stories (books and records).
- Sail boats in the bathtub.
- Play store.
- Make string or yarn designs (glue onto paper, wood, etc.).
- Make and fly paper airplanes.
- Make popsicle stick designs (glue them).
- Fly a kite.
- Make “things” with egg cartons (tulips, caterpillars, etc.)
- Play a color game (I see something red).
- Have a race, running on feet, knees, crawling, holding ankles, running backwards, etc.).
- Have a pea race, blowing dried peas with a straw.
- Make a “feel” box (cut a hole in the side of a box and put an object inside of the box; have the child tell what it is by feeling it).
- Teach numbers and letters by cutting them out of sandpaper.
- Make a picture dictionary (a page for each letter with pictures beginning with that letter).
- Weigh things if you have a bathroom scale (yourselves, toys, objects).
- Talk about time with your child (make a clock with a paper plate and hands cut from colored paper).
- Make a counting carton (number each section of an empty egg carton, 1-12).
- Play “Simon Says” (leader gives commands and others obey when preceded by the two words “Simon Says”).
- Play musical chairs.
- Imitate animal’s movements (frog, horse, fish, bird, duck, snake, spider, etc.).
- Set up an obstacle course in the backyard (cardboard boxes, barrels, old tires, ropes, etc.).
- Play a pantomime games (have your child act out a word such as hop, swim, comb, wash, chew, zipper book, swallow)
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