Read

While prepping for dinner, help your child read the labels of the boxes, jars, stickers, or cans.

Talk

Everywhere you go, talk about what you see. A stop sign, a traffic light or a tree might seem boring to you but it’s a whole new world to your child.

Play

Place toys/books just out of your baby's reach. When they reach or move toward the items, clap & tell your baby that they did a good job.

Talk

Talk with your child about what they're going to do today. At the end of the day, talk about what they did. Planning & reviewing helps develop their thinking skills.

Play

Using a mirror is a great way to play with your toddler! They learn by watching the mirror & listening to you describe their face.

Write

The sense of touch is important in brain development. Use your finger to gently draw letters on your baby’s belly, while you say the letter aloud.

Read

While prepping for dinner, teach your preschooler the steps of making the meal. Use words like "first, I'll measure...next, I'll stir."

Read

Find a magazine or newspaper & cut out letters and pictures. On a piece of paper, glue the letters down & then the pictures that start with that letter.

Play

Babies love the sound of paper. Build listening and motor skills by helping baby rip up scrap paper. Crinkle into a ball for more fun!

Talk

Ask your child “How did you do that?” or “I wonder why…” to help your preschooler get ready to share ideas aloud and on paper in school.

Sing

Tie ribbons or strings to a stick. Play music & have your toddler move the ribbons to the beat. Your toddler’s mind & body will learn to work together.

Talk

Notice what your child is watching. Say aloud what baby sees so baby learns that everything has a name. “Look at the puppy’s tail wag. He’s happy!”

Sing

Build your baby's knowledge of sounds & rhythm in words. Do some knee bounce rhymes. Here are some fun examples.

Write

Trace your toddler's hand on paper with a pencil. Trace a book, trace the lid of a jar. Talk about shapes to build vocabulary. What else can you trace?

Read

Write the letters of the alphabet on scraps of paper, hide them, & let your preschooler hunt for them. "You found letter F. What sound does it make?"

Play

Explore science at bath time. Put everyday objects like a sponge, cup, spoon & colander in the tub. Ask, “Which objects sink? Which float?” Now find out!

Play

Matching games help your toddler develop thinking skills. Pull shoe pairs from your closet, mix them up, and ask your toddler to match them correctly.

Read

Babies like to open and close books, hand them to you, or stack them like blocks. This makes books fun and trains baby’s eyes and muscles to work together.

Write

Spell out the word “DOG” on a piece of paper. Have your child copy the letters below your word; talk about the sound a dog makes.

Talk

Ask your child to imitate you, such as wiggling your fingers, pretending to be asleep, etc. They're learning to follow directions & building vocabulary!

Write

Give your baby a ball to squeeze and roll. This teaches baby how to use their muscles and eyes, which will help later on when they write.

Read

Books with high-contrast pictures & bright bold colors are easier for babies 3 months & up to focus on and see.

Read

When reading a book to your preschooler, stop occasionally & ask what they think will happen next. Ask "Why do you think that?" & give them time to think.

Read

Take a walk & read street signs to your toddler, pointing at each letter. This activity will help your toddler notice text all around them.

Sing

Sing any song you can think of, even if it's only part of a song. Whether it's Motown, hip hop, or a new Adele song! Baby will love bonding with your voice.

Talk

Talk with your child when you go grocery shopping. Talk about types of food. Ask your child about meals they would make. Talk about taste, smell, color, etc.

Write

When your toddler draws a picture, listen to the story that goes with it, write down the words you hear. Now read it aloud together!

Read

If bedtime is too late for your baby to listen to a whole book, read aloud anytime during the day--lunchtime, bath time, in line at the store!

Write

Let your baby hold a crayon & write. Say the alphabet while they scribble. Patiently wait while they make the connection between sounds & writing.

Sing

Play a song & pause it. Sing a line again, changing the last word to another word that rhymes.

Sing

While driving in the car, turn off the radio & sing the ABCs to your child. Sing it fast, sing it slow. Your child will soon sing it with you & alone.

Read

When reading to your preschooler, ask if they can find "the" or "and" on the page. As this becomes easier, have them find other short words.

Talk

If you go apple picking, talk about the 5 senses. “I hear bees buzzing, see families smiling, smell doughnuts, taste sweet apples, and feel warm sunshine.”

Write

Write a letter on the sidewalk with chalk. Have your child place stones over the shape of the letter.

Read

Read the clothing tags aloud at laundry time. "This tag says wash with like colors, so I'm putting it in the pile with other clothes that are red."

Play

Baby can learn new words during bath time. Take turns dropping toys in the water. Say, "watch it sink" or "it floats" or "splash!"

Talk

If you go apple picking, talk about the 5 senses. “I hear bees buzzing, see families smiling, smell doughnuts, taste sweet apples, and feel warm sunshine.”

Read

Ask your child to pretend to read a story to their stuffed animal or doll. Practice turning each page & have them say what's happening on each one.

Play

Draw letters on paper & put inside a storage bag, sealing it. Put rice on top. Help your child spy the letters & make the sound the letter makes.

Sing

Sing or just hum to your child. They love to hear the sound of your voice & will try to echo your sounds, building connections in the brain.

Play

Teach your child letters by playing with blocks. Lay out blocks on the floor in a circle to make an O, then cross two rectangles to make an X.

Write

Fold some paper together to make a book, have your child write the letter “A”, then have your child draw objects that start with an “A” like an apple.

Talk

Talk during bathtime, put some bubbles on different parts of your baby. Say, "Fingers! Toes!" This is a fun way to help baby learn new words.