Sturdy paper plate
First make racquets. Start by taping the craft sticks to the backs of the plates, leaving enough of the stick at the bottom of the plate to create a handle to hold onto.
If your child would like they can decorate the plate with markers, stickers, or other decorations. Or draw crisscross lines to look like the strings of a tennis racquet.
Now blow up a balloon and begin hitting it back and forth off of the racquets.
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