Pratt's Home Connection
As 'fun in the summer sun' continues into the month of July, be sure to enjoy some time as a family bonding over both active games and quiet activities.
After fun at the zoo, beach, or cottage, a quiet time at night together reading, playing a board game, or otherwise spending quality time is a great way to end a summer day."
0 - 3 Months
Gently hold your baby's hands in yours and clap them together, quickly and then slowly. Encourage your baby to open his or her hands while clapping.
3 - 6 Months
Create a star mobile for some Star Spangled Fun. Hang foil covered cardboard stars from the ceiling at a height that you can reach when holding your baby. Encourage your baby to hold, push, or touch them.
6 - 12 Months
Hide a puppet behind your back. When you bring out the puppet say "Peek-a-boo, (your child's name)!" Continue playing with the puppet this way until the baby begins to anticipate where the puppet will come out. Then bring the puppet out from someplace different.
Place a musical toy underneath the blanket and encourage the baby to find the toy.
12 - 18 Months
Visit a local library with your child or use books you have at home to look at pictures of different animals. Encourage them to name the animals as you point them out. Can your child identify the sounds each animal makes?
18 - 24 Months
Give your toddler an American flag and ask him or her to find the red, white, and blue in their flag. If they aren't sure where the colors are, let them point with you as you name the colors.
24 - 30 Months
Create various shapes, including stars, on index cards. Encourage your child to find the stars for you. Have your child identify the other shapes as well.
Extension: Flip the cards face down and play a game like Memory by asking your child to find certain shapes.
2.5 - 3 Years
Prepare index cards with 1 - 5 star stickers on them and then give your child a sheet of stickers and blank cards. Encourage your child to count the number of star stickers on an index card and place the same number of stars on their card.
3 - 5 Years
Practice Left and Right - Put a piece of green yarn on your child's left wrist and a piece of red yarn on their right. Tell your child that when you read and write you start on the left side of the page. "Green means 'go' and red means 'stop.'" Use the following rhyme:
"Two little hands, so clean and bright
This is my left and this is my right."
I Know My Number! - Summer months can mean travel and outings for families. In case of emergency, it can be helpful for your child to know their number. Help your child memorize your number using a song to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."
"1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (substitute your number)
That's the number for my phone
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (substitute your number)
You can call me at my home!"
A Family of Fireworks - Enjoy a Fourth of July themed activity as a family. Place blobs of bright paint on a piece of black construction paper and give every member of your family that can participate a straw. Blow on the paint with your straw to spread paint around and make it look like a nighttime sky. Optionally, add glitter to really make your fireworks sky sparkle.
Note: Make sure everyone uses their own personal straw and cut a slit into straws to prevent being able to accidentally suck up instead of blow out.