The child’s toys and belongings
Bins, baskets, or other storage containers
Pencils, crayons, or markers (optional)
Start by talking with your child about how it’s important to take care of our belongings. Creating a place for your child to keep their belongings organized helps the child see and feel the value of their belongings.
Next, have your child sort their belongings into categories, such as by types of toys, personal care items, clothing, etc.
Now, make a plan with your child as to how items can be organized so that belongings have a place to be carefully stored and accessible. If your child is interested they can even draw a “map” of the space or make a drawing to help plan out the space.
Finally, start organizing the belongings. Ask your child about how it feels to have a place for everything, and everything in its place!
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