It's hard to think of a toy that's more entertaining and educational than a set of alphabet blocks. Find out how you can encourage the fun and promote learning with these age-appropriate activities Read Playing and Learning With Alphabet Blocks
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Looking for ways to add some artsy creativity to your toddler's play? Try out some activities that involve craft supplies. These toddler craft ideas can be fun and educational, and will keep your tot happy and busy. Read Fun Craft Activities for Toddlers
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For a toddler, play isn't just fun and games. It's a crucial part of child development. Learn about the different types of play your child might engage in during these years. Read The Power of Toddler Play
Hitting, kicking, and throwing a ball—what could be more fun! Are you thinking of signing up your child for a team sport? Good things to consider include skill sets and readiness. Find out more about sports and kids. Read Sports and Kids
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Children need a variety of outdoor experiences to help them understand the wonders of the natural world. Take advantage of breezy days and capture the wind with a dazzling Wind Wand, a kite, or bubbles. Read Wind Toys
There's nothing ordinary about the humble cardboard box when it comes to opportunities for imaginative play. It can be almost anything your child wants it to be: a car or train, stove or sink, playhouse or store with windows and doors, even a cave for a baby bear. Read The Extraordinary, Ordinary Cardboard Box
To play the Letter Matching Game, start with only the upper case letters. Explore some of the letters with your child. Does he recognize any of them? Can he find the first letter of his name? When he is ready to play, lay out four of his favorite letters, face up. See if he can find the two letters that look the same. He can keep the cards he's matched in a pile in front of him. Read Letter Matching Game UPPER CASE
Printing patterns onto paper can be a thoroughly satisfying process. It's fun to search for shapes to print, and the results will thrill your child. Best of all, setting up a home studio requires little more than assembling materials you already have on hand. Read Printing Press
The only ones who enjoy a good rain more than small children may be ducklings. When it pours, seize the day in all its wetness and take advantage of the opportunities for fun it presents. Read Playing In the Rain
Like magpies, babies, toddlers, and preschoolers seem drawn to small, shiny objects. In fact, a cloth bag filled with large buttons was a traditional baby toy in frontier America. Read Treasure Box Sorting Game
Creating a collage involves manipulating, arranging, and sticking various materials and found treasures on a flat surface. It's easy to encourage this rewarding creative process at home. Here's a short guide to getting started. Read The Art of Collage
Visiting a garden is a wonderful opportunity for your child to discover firsthand how to take care of living things. He can learn what plants need in order to grow, as well as more sophisticated concepts like absorption and evaporation. Read Kids Gardening
The days may be getting shorter, and you may be spending more time indoors, but that's no reason to stop paying attention to the outside world. In fact, winter weather can be the inspiration for a host of fun activities. Read Weather Experiments
The nice thing about play dough is that it's so very responsive to poking, pushing, and rolling. Its pliability is what makes it so popular with young children, and it's a wonderful introduction to working with the more resistant modeling clay. Buy the commercial stuff, or mix a batch of your own.
Play dough is not for eating. Many young children are still finding out about the world by putting things in their mouth. Your first lesson should be simple: Let's just pretend to eat it...like this! Read Play Dough Play
Many children this age are actively enjoying the world of make-believe. Your child may rock a doll or teddy bear to sleep, make pretend phone calls, or have animated conversations with imaginary friends. Help set the stage for imaginative play by creating a small house for her to move into. Read Playing House
Most children love the feeling of finger painting. And part of what feels so good is being allowed to be messy. Fortunately, it's easy to participate in this joy and take a few preventive measures to keep the mess in check. Read Finger Painting Fun
For this holiday dedicated to love, give your little ones the gift of generosity by helping them make gifts for friends and family. This project is fun and easy—and partly edible! Read Valentine's Day Photo Frames
When we watch preschoolers play, we can pick up clues on their cognitive development. At age 2, our kids might start to use toys to put together short stories using symbolic play and imitation. Learn more about the role of play. Read The Significance of Play
Does your child prefer playing with dollhouses or trains? Hitting a ball or imagining that the ball belongs to a wizard? The similarities and differences in the ways children play can be fascinating. Learn more about play. Read Differences in Play
Watching our kids play is so much fun. And it's fascinating to see them engage in different types of play as they mature. Is that block just a block, or is it a car? And how can those chairs and blankets become a fort? Learn more. Read Types of Play