From Birth to Age 2
Read to your child! For toddlers, ask your child to help hold the book. Some great books for infants and toddlers are (from NAEYC for Families):
- Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
- Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin, Jr.
- I Am a Bunny by Ole Risom
- Mommies Say Shhhh? By Patricia Polacco
- Bears by Ruth Krauss
- Families by Rena D Grossman
- Peekaboo Bedtime by Rachel Isadora
- My Farm Friends by Wendell Minor
Activities to do with your child include:
Sing to your child!
Make a photo album with pictures of your family, home, or anything else that you’d like to share with your child. Point to and name the people/things in the photos.
Stand with your child in front of a mirror. Point to and name the child and yourself. As your child gets older, name the parts of the face and/or count how many body parts come in twos (eyes, ears, legs, arms, etc).
Play with blocks and toys on the floor.
Water play – in the bathtub, let your child fill a cup and dump the water into the tub. Use different containers and talk about what your child is doing (You filled the cup to the top, now it is empty!)
Make a "feely" book with different textures (sandpaper, bubble wrap, etc.) and talk with your child about how things feel, using words like hard/soft, rough/smooth, etc.).
Helpful websites for more information and ideas: