Markers, Crayons, or Colored Pencils
Start by giving your child 3-4 directions to create or draw something on their paper.
For example: Draw a red circle in the top right corner of the page, a yellow sunshine in the middle of the page, and a green tree next to the sunshine.
You do the same on your own sheet of paper to compare papers at the end to see if all of the directions were followed.
Continue with new directions for as long as your child is interested.
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