Colored drinking straws (either straight or bendy)
Pieces of shelf liner
Start by creating a work surface by laying out the pieces of shelf liner. This helps your child define the work space and the liner helps to keep the straw pieces from rolling away.
Next, help your child make the dots on the foam squares to make a pair of dice.
Now, cut the straws into smaller pieces of slightly various lengths(about 3 to 5 pieces cut from one straw).
Finally, take turns rolling the dice to determine the number of straw pieces you will have to work with. Now make a shape, letter, or picture from your pieces and see if your family member can guess what you created. Or tell about your creation once you’ve made it.
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:
- 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
- Explores alone but with parent close by
- Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures
- Drinks from a cup
- Shows more and more independence
- Knows names of familiar people and body parts
- Might use one hand more than the other
Additional family resources
Early Learning with ECA
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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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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