Children use their sense of touch when they feel inside the "Mystery Bag!" Place the shapes in front of your child, and name each one before putting them in the tote bag. Ask your child to put two hands in the bag and find the rectangle. Continue with the other shapes. When your child is finished, ask your child to return each shape to the bag. If your child gives you the wrong shape, thank your child for the shape given to you. Name each shape as it is given to you.
This pouring activity will develop your child's eye/hand coordination. Open the door of your dishwasher and have your child place a small pitcher and cups on top of the door. Show your child how to pour water from one container to another. Your child may want to serve you 'tea' at the small table.
This fun activity will help your child begin to understand counting concepts. Cut a slit in the lid of the container. Put 1 poker chip in the slit and say, "One." (Let your child hear the sound of each chip.) Continue until you get to 5. Empty the container and repeat the activity. Let your child drop the chips as you count. (Your child may only be interested in putting the chips in the container. That is fine!)
Children are interested in observing you as you drive them around. This is a good time to help your child understand traffic signs. Start with two signs, a stop sign and red/green light. Play with the vehicles and show your child when to stop and go. You can add more signs later.
Your child's fine motor development will help with writing skills later. This activity lets your child practice screwing lids on and off while developing hand muscles and eye/hand coordination. Place several empty baby food (or other) jars and lids in front of your child. Have your child practice opening and closing the jars.
Children love to help around the house! Let your child set the table for dinner tonight. Put the place mat on the table. On the place mat, outline the plate, cup, fork, knife, and spoon with a permanent marker. Show your child how to match the place setting to the outlines and set the table.
This activity helps your child with number recognition. Draw a line down the center of a paper plate. Draw another line across the paper plate, making 4 sections on the paper plate. Write the number 1 in one of the sections, number 2 in the next. Continue with writing the numbers 3 then 4 in the other sections. Hand your child a glue stick and a cup of raisins. Help your child count out the number of raisins to glue on each section of the plate. Help your child glue the raisins on the plate. Count the raisons with your child before displaying the plate for other family members to see.