Heavy stock white or light colored paper
Small cup or bowl
Flavored drink mix or gelatin
Marker or other writing utensil
Start by putting a little bit of the drink mix or gelatin in the bowl or cup and add enough water to make the consistency of water colors. Add a little more of the drink mix or gelatin or less water to make a more vibrant color.
Next draw wavy lines on a piece of paper for your child to trace over using their cotton swab. Then you can draw shapes for them to trace and even upper and lower case letters.
Curious about your child’s development? All children develop at their own pace, but the Center for Disease Control’s developmental milestones can be a helpful guideline. Here are a few examples:
Additional family resources
Learning begins at birth. ECA provides foundations for learning, starting with age-appropriate experiences for infants, toddlers, and preschool. ECA also offers a range of family support programs that encourage family involvement with children’s learning.
This free texting service provides quality, developmental information for parents and caregivers of children prenatal to age eight right to your phone. Messages include research-based, age-appropriate content from national experts, along with local updates of events and resources.
Your local library has many resources for you as a parent as well as for your child. We encourage you to take advantage of all they have to offer. For an online list of libraries by city, go to publiclibraries.com/state