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Sweet It Up Materials

Gather Materials

Paper
Crayons or markers
Chip clips
Cell phone camera or other camera (optional)

Sweep It Up - Step 1

Step 1

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.

Sweep It Up - Step 2

Step 2

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.

Sweep It Up - Step 3

Step 3

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.

CDC Milestones

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:

Infants
1-year-old
  • Shows fear in some situations
  • Puts things in a container, takes things out of a container
  • Looks at the right picture or thing when it’s named
Toddlers
18-months-old
  • Explores alone but with parent close by
  • Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures
  • Drinks from a cup
Preschoolers
2-years-old
  • Shows more and more independence
  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts
  • Might use one hand more than the other

Additional family resources

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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.

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Free resources at your library

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

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