Empty food containers
- Start by collecting empty, clean food and household item containers, such as cereal boxes, egg cartons, detergent bottles, and milk jugs.
- Next, gather a calculator to use as a pretend calculator, a basket or bag to put groceries in while pretend shopping, and shopping bags to bag up the groceries during the pretend play fun!
- Use paper to cut into rectangular strips to create play money. Use a marker to mark the denomination of bill.
- Finally, find a space to set up the pretend grocery store and begin the fun and learning!
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