Crayons or markers
Cell phone camera or other camera (optional)
First talk with your child about parts of the day like morning, afternoon and evening, and come up with some of the tasks your child would complete during those parts of the day. For example in the morning you brush your teeth, and get dressed.
Next, either cut a piece of paper in half, horizontally, and draw pictures of themselves doing those tasks. Or take pictures of your child doing those tasks and print the photos and glue them to the half sheets of paper.
Now post the papers somewhere in the house where your child can easily refer to them. Give your child chip clips to clip the clip to the picture of each task as they complete it.
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