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When children are young, every moment is a learning experience. Young children learn through play, exploration, asking questions and trying new things. And they love to learn with their families!

Don't worry – you don't need fancy, expensive stuff to do these activities. The most important ingredient is you!

Simple tips to help young children learn

 

Be safe and healthy. A safe environment (home & school) and proper health and nutrition support early learning.

Talk, sing and read to your child. Your child learns by hearing sounds and words at any age. The more you talk, the more they learn.

Spark curiosity and creativity. Ask your child questions that can't be answered by just "yes" or "no." Instead of just asking "Do you see that pretty bird?" add "What other things fly?"

Use everyday moments to learn. You can point out shapes, people, colors, and count different items almost anywhere.

Play with your child. When children play games or dress-up, they are learning important skills—it's not just child's play.

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Activity Calendars and Cards

 The Office of Child Development and Early Learning has developed family-friendly guides packed with fun activities that also help develop all the skills young children need to success. Each month has a theme and includes four weeks of activities based on the theme. Each activity is also linked to a "learning area" – the type of development that you are encouraging. These learning areas are connected to Pennsylvania's Early Learning Standards.

Each calendar also includes suggested books to read that relate to the month's activities, and suggestions for an "All about Me" book that you can create with your child. Enjoy!

You can download PDF versions of these guides here, or purchase hard copies.

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Learning is Everywhere Calendar and Web page

Ages: Birth through age five

Includes activities you can do around the house (bedroom, kitchen) and in your neighborhood. Each activity includes something for infants, toddlers and preschoolers and kindergartners so the whole family can participate!

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Ages: Three and four year olds

Includes activities to help preschoolers get ready for kindergarten. Each month focuses on a different area of development, such as sparking creativity and celebrating your child's difference!

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Ages: Kindergartners/ five year olds

Includes activities based on authors of popular children's books, such as Eric Carle and Dr. Seuss!

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Every Day I Learn Through Play!

Ages:  Infants and toddlers

Activities you can do to help your child learn and develop using daily routines, every day interactions and Play.  This guide provides ideas for learning in many areas of development for infants and toddlers.

 

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Recipes for Readiness 

Ages: Three and four year olds

Recipes for Readiness provides various family-friendly activities that will assist in promoting the skills that Kindergarten teachers are looking for as children enter their classrooms.  Activities are designed for use with children age 3-5 and are aligned to the PA Learning Standards for Early Childhood.  One set of cards comes in both English (one side) and Spanish (the other side).   

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Building Blocks for Babies

Ages: Birth through age three

Building Blocks for Babies are fun activities that adults and young children can do together! Based on the PA Learning Standards for Early Childhood, Building Blocks for Babies offer simple at-home experiences that build infants’ and toddlers’ learning in the areas of social, emotional, physical and academic development.


Other resources

Here are some other great sites with activities to help your child grow: