Plastic bin or large bowl
First, fill the plastic bin or large bowl about a quarter of the way full with water, and lay a towel underneath the container to catch any water that may splash out.
Next, cut all but one or two pipe cleaners in half. Twist each half-sized pipe cleaner to resemble a fish. Show your toddler how to twist the pipe cleaner and let them help.
Have your child drop each of the fish into the water.
Now take the remaining two pipe cleaners and curve on end of each to create a hook to catch the fish. If using the pipe cleaner hook is a bit challenging for your child, have them try the craft stick instead.
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