SparKits

Zen Garden

Companion Page

Let's Begin

Gather Materials

Paper plate, tray, or flat surfaced item
Sand
Mini rake
Stones, gems, shells or other items for the garden

Step 1

Start by pouring the sand onto the plate.

Step 2

Next, have your child use the mini wooden rake to spread the sand around evenly on the plate.

Zen Garden - Final Step

Step 3

Next have them add the stones, gems or other items to their Zen garden.

Encourage your child to find a place they can leave their Zen garden out to tend to it as often as they would like.

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

Additional family resources

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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.

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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.

Free resources at your library

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

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