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Apr 9, 2020

This activity gives your child a chance to play independently with markers or crayons in a controlled space.

Today’s activity: Use a large box that your child can sit inside comfortably.

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Apr 8, 2020

Painting is fun. It’s another way to practice holding a writing tool and using eye-hand coordination.

Today’s activity: Use a small bowl of water for your child to dip the paintbrush in. Paint on colored construction paper or a cardboard box. The wet area turns dark, so you child can make a work of art without a...

Apr 7, 2020

At this level your child will develop a pincer grip with index finger and thumb, move arm across midline and scribble with a variety of writing tools.

Today’s activity: Practice using pincer grip, picking up objects and putting them into a container with a slot or small opening. Use objects like craft sticks, pompoms,...

Apr 6, 2020

By the end of this level, your child should look at books with you for at least 5 minutes. They need to learn that time with books is pleasant. The trick is to be done before your child starts squirming away.

Today’s activity: Gradually increase the time your child will stay with books by making the pages...

Apr 5, 2020

Children at this level like to look at books on their own. If it’s one you’ve read with them, they will look for favorite pictures or turn pages back and forth. You might hear them talking out loud as if they are reading.

Today’s activity: Model how to handle a book every time you read together. Include getting...