Show baby their face in the mirror, try to get them smiling or cooing at themselves. Baby can learn about their body & build social skills.
Babies like to open and close books, hand them to you, or stack them like blocks. This makes books fun & trains baby’s eyes & muscles to work together. (link to booklist)
Put on a concert with your toddler. Invite all the stuffed animals. Use spoons as your microphones & sing your favorite songs.
Use spatial words to build a toddler's math skills! Use words like behind, above, around, between. Say "The red block is behind the green block."
As your child washes up ask: "What sound does sss-oap start with? What else starts with the sss sound?" Work together to list words like sock and silly.
Make a grocery list with your child. Write down the items they believe you need to buy. While you shop, allow your child to cross the items off this list.
Help your toddler make a card for someone you know. Scribbles are ok! You can help your child sign it, showing the letters in their name.
Read an alphabet book and talk about words that start with each letter sound so your toddler learns that letters and sounds go together. (link to booklist)
Make a sensory board for your baby. Use things you have at home. Babies learn a lot through feeling different textures. (link to instructions)
Help your child make streamers out of paper strips and have a parade through your home. Sing THE ANTS GO MARCHING. (link to lyrics)
WRITE: your child's name on paper with an uppercase letter followed by lowercase letters. Let your child roll play dough into snakes + form each letter.
Put couch cushions & pillows on the floor in a line. Have your preK-er get from one end to the other & use movement words like "jump, balance, walk, etc."
As you feed your baby, use words to describe what foods taste, feel and look like. "This yogurt is smooth," "that yellow banana is sweet."