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Velcro Sticks - Materials

Gather Materials

Craft sticks-colored if possible
Velcro stick-backed dots
Zip-top bag or small storage case

Steps

1. If you don’t have colored craft sticks, have your child
paint the sticks.
2. On one end of your craft stick, place the soft velcro
side. On the opposite end, place the rough part of the
velcro dot. Continue this until all sticks have a rough
side on one end and a smooth side on the other end.
3. Then it is time to create! Allow her to use her
imagination to build with the velcro sticks.
4. When you are finished, you can store your velcro
sticks in a zip-top bag or a small pencil case.

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

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