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Sweet It Up Materials

Gather Materials

Flat baking sheet or large piece of cardboard
Empty toilet paper tubes, and empty paper towel tube
Five colored ping pong balls

Sweep It Up - Step 1

Step 1

Start by finding an inclined space like stairs or a piece of furniture to prop the baking sheet or cardboard against.

Sweep It Up - Step 2

Step 2

Next, show your child how to roll the balls down the inclined surface.

Sweep It Up - Step 3

Step 3

Now, let your child try! You can show them how to incline the ramp more to make the ball go faster and farther.

Sweep It Up - Step 4

Step 4

Next, try the tubes. Hold them at an incline and drop the balls in and watch them come out of the other end. Have your child give it a try. This is an activity your child will delight in doing over and over again!

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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