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1. Provide rich learning activities that build on the child’s interest: Create a world of wonder by knowing what a child is excited about – extend learning using natural interests.

  • Ask open-ended questions and use descriptive language to deepen thinking
  • Build on naturally occurring curiosity and exploration
  • Infuse math, science, literacy, creativity, and movement into everyday activities

2. Read, sing, and tell stories: Use a variety of sounds, words, melodies, and rhythms to “bathe” or immerse children in language.

  • Use music and books to calm, excite, emphasize, teach, reinforce, practice
  • Use rhyming words or words with similar sounds in fun ways
  • Make up stories and songs; tell or sing them over and over

3. Create nurturing relationships and use positive guidance: Provide warmth and support, teach positive behavior, and prevent rather than punish challenging behaviors.

  • Establish routines to create clear expectations, predictability, and security
  • Tell children what to do vs. what not to do
  • When children are struggling, redirect to another activity and help child understand what happened

4. Be responsive and expand verbal and non-verbal communication: Build connections in a child’s brain through back and forth turn-taking, which supports language development and healthy bonds.

  • Strive for two-way interactions in verbal or non-verbal communication
  • Check-in with children to communicate that you understand their intent
  • Pause and listen when waiting for a response

Simple and Fun Activities

See simple everyday activities you can do to support young children at different ages and stages to learn and grow below. 

(Columns (2): Text is small. It also goes outside simple content margins, but that’s less of an issue). Building with blocks lets children discover math, physics and problem solving. Support your child’s efforts to transform into an architect, builder, engineer, and critical thinker. See the activity here. 

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Building with blocks lets children discover math, physics and problem solving. Support your child’s efforts to transform into an architect, builder, engineer, and critical thinker.

Materials:. No blocks on hand? Any stackable item can be a block. Clean, empty boxes or milk cartons can be just as much fun for stacking and building as blocks from the store.

 

 

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Building with blocks lets children discover math, physics and problem solving. Support your child’s efforts to transform into an architect, builder, engineer, and critical thinker.

Materials:. No blocks on hand? Any stackable item can be a block. Clean, empty boxes or milk cartons can be just as much fun for stacking and building as blocks from the store

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Simple and Fun Activities

See simple everyday activities you can do to support young children at different ages and stages to learn and grow below. 

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Building with blocks lets children discover math, physics and problem solving. Support your child’s efforts to transform into an architect, builder, engineer, and critical thinker.

Materials:. No blocks on hand? Any stackable item can be a block. Clean, empty boxes or milk cartons can be just as much fun for stacking and building as blocks from the store

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Building with blocks lets children discover math, physics and problem solving. Support your child’s efforts to transform into an architect, builder, engineer, and critical thinker.

Materials:. No blocks on hand? Any stackable item can be a block. Clean, empty boxes or milk cartons can be just as much fun for stacking and building as blocks from the store

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Building with blocks lets children discover math, physics and problem solving. Support your child’s efforts to transform into an architect, builder, engineer, and critical thinker.

Materials:. No blocks on hand? Any stackable item can be a block. Clean, empty boxes or milk cartons can be just as much fun for stacking and building as blocks from the store

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Building with blocks lets children discover math, physics and problem solving. Support your child’s efforts to transform into an architect, builder, engineer, and critical thinker.

Materials:. No blocks on hand? Any stackable item can be a block. Clean, empty boxes or milk cartons can be just as much fun for stacking and building as blocks from the store