Pumpkin or gourd
Golf tees or push pins
Rubber mallet or hammer
Rubber bands of various sizes
Start by choosing a pumpkin or gourd to use for the activity.
Next, have your child point to where they would like to have you put the golf tees or push pins. Then use the mallet or hammer to drive the tees or pins into the gourd, leaving enough of the top sticking up to wrap the rubber bands around.
Finally, you and your child can use different rubber bands to wrap around two or more tees or pins at a time.
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