Your child can practice printing and tracing while also taking a moment to be grateful for all the special things teachers do.
Get creative and color your heart out with these fun school-themed coloring sheets from our friends at RoseArt.
Charades is a classic party game that even young children can enjoy. This version of the game prompts children to act out emotional states and think about what events might prompt such feelings.
Play Friend Bingo as a way to get to know people better. This makes a great ice-breaker activity at a party or at the beginning of the school year.
Kids ask a lot of questions. Turn their tough questions into a Book of Why. It's a great way to start building your child's research skills at an early age and to show him or her that Why is a great question!
Print a template for your budding comic book writer and artist.
Caring for pets—in real life and in play scenarios—helps children develop qualities of responsibility and empathy. Developing these important social skills will help your child thrive in school and in life.
This printable activity encourages your child to think about appropriate emotional responses to varied scenarios. Identifying the proper emotional response to a scenario is an important social development skill.
This printable activity encourages your child to think about the needs of others, an important part of developing socially and emotionally.
Practice drawing curvy lines while helping Curly Q's sheep with their lost fleece. Tracing lines and letters helps children develop the dexterity they need to learn how to write and draw.
Create something that Tara found as she was exploring. Doodling and drawing helps children develop the dexterity they need for writing letters.
Playing Memory is a great way to reinforce turn taking and develop memory skills and concentration.
Step right up for learning and fun! Based on the popular Leapster Kindergarten game, this practice book introduces matching, counting, writing and phonics skills.
Step right up for learning and fun! Based on the popular Leapster Kindergarten game, this practice book introduces logic, rhyming, writing and addition skills.
Step right up for learning and fun! Based on the popular Leapster Kindergarten game, this practice book introduces reading, rhyming, writing and addition skills.
In this printable, your child is asked to help LeapFrog's Geo Team to prepare for four adventures. Planning activities encourages your child to visualize different scenarios and to think about what he or she may need in various settings.
These 5 matching and pattern recognition printable activities are a great way for young children to practice basic logic skills.
Reinforce your child’s understanding of shapes with this fun craft project for kids.
If your child enjoys building toys, encourage your young builder to become a planner and designer, too. Give your child paper and a pencil and have your child make a drawing of what he or she intends to build next.
Here's an easy and fun craft for kids for Independence Day.
Through this directed lesson, kids will learn how to create a colorful, stylized version of themselves.
This fingerprint friendship tree craft is a great way to help your children document and remember the friends they have made.
Get kids hopping, dipping and skipping in an obstacle course that builds gross motor skills.
Pointillism is a technique using dots of color to create images. Challenge your child to paint a planet in dots!
This project uses simple materials found in nature to create a squirrel in a tree, but kids can use their imagination to create lots of different animals or landscapes using leaves.
These creatures were inspired by a wire-and-wood dog made by American sculptor and artist, Alexander Calder. Kids will love how the clothespin head makes the scupture interactive.
This art project has your child creating a superhero version of himself. Think of attributes of your superhero and write a list. What's their superpower? What are they afraid of?
Even young children are capable of using technology in creative ways, and parents should encourage such self-expression. Prompt your child to create a "video tour" of your home or neighborhood.
Kids will learn about visual design and balance in this art project inspired by American sculptor, Alexander Calder.
Kids will learn about tessellations in this art project, and even learn how to make one of their own. A tessellation is a repeated shape that fits together like a puzzle, with no overlaps or gaps. This style of art was made popular by the artist M.C. Escher.
Kids can design and build a birdhouse using a cardboard or plastic milk carton.
Discover how your child sees you.
Make a necklace with a repeating pattern to practice pattern recognition.
Help your child develop her inference skills with these activities.
Bring out the little Picasso in your child with this art activity.
Let your child make up music and dances with homemade instruments.
This fun art project will keep your child’s toys, treasures and tools organized.
Let your child create small paper maché bowls for serving snacks or holding tiny treasures.
Your child can fill the room with dazzling colors by creating these easy stained "glass" windows.
Your child will make waves with this fun and easy art project.
Your child will know which way the wind blows after she creates a colorful windsock.
Let your child create colorful picture frames that show off his artistic masterpieces or favorite family photographs.
With your child, create an impression that will last a lifetime.
These decorative crafts can be tailored to any holiday.
Strike a chord in your child’s interest in music by helping make his own box guitar.
Help your child make his own version of a rain stick.
This project takes a bit of planning, but will be as fun to break as it is to make.
Make decorative printing stamps out of food.
Exercise your child's imagination and body.
Ask your child to fashion arts and crafts that illustrate Grimms' Fairy Tales.
Help your child explore the world through the sense of touch.
This colorful activity works on your child's pattern recognition.
Here's a hands-on matching activity using common objects around the house.
Let your child use their imaginations while making gift giving more personal.
This activity will let your child stretch her imagination out in the fresh air.
Decorate greeting cards with a repeating pattern your child can fill in and complete.
Make puzzles out of pictures your budding photographer has taken.
Spark your child’s imagination and interest in reading and creative writing.
This activity allows your child to scratch the surface on the fascinating world of art.
Help your child gain practice in sorting and sequencing.
Here’s an activity to help your child identify and sort different measurements.
Executive functions are a set of mental processes thought to be responsible for our ability to plan, think flexibly, inhibit responses, and monitor our actions, among many other skills. In the classroom, children call upon their executive functioning skills in many ways.
Most people recognize that problem solving is an important skill for mathematical and scientific thinking. But problem-solving skills and strategies also help children—and adults—tackle day-to-day challenges.
From the time they are in the crib, boys and girls demonstrate differences in their learning styles. Discover these differences in learning styles and how to identify your own child’s preferred style of learning.
Learning to be a good decision maker is an important life skill. Use these tips to raise a thoughtful decision maker.
Foster an early appreciation for the arts in your child with these suggestions on introducing your child to the joy of live performances.
Why do so many boys seem to feel that being thick-skinned, tight-lipped, dry-eyed and in-your-face is the best way to live life and conduct meaningful relationships? The answer has as much to do with gender differences as it does with differences in parental behavior towards boys and girls. Here are some recommendations for nurturing the emotional, moral and spiritual development of your son.
While it is uncertain whether listening to Mozart will increase your child’s IQ, early exposure and active involvement with music will increase your child’s musical intelligence. Here are some tips for fostering your child’s musical intelligence.
Rules about behavior and civility are both written and unwritten—and abiding by them is essential to success.
As most early childhood teachers know, dramatic play is an extremely valuable part of the daily curriculum. Read this article to learn some of the benefits of dramatic play.
Regardless of political affiliation or faith, all parents want to instill good values in their children. Learn the importance of a moral education, plus tips on how to raise a moral child.
With the busy schedules of extracurricular activities, children have fewer opportunities for unstructured free time. Children benefit from time set aside just to relax, restore and reflect.
If you area working parent, staying connected to your children’s school life can be challenging. Here are some ideas for ways to fit in school involvement around your work schedule.
Learning at home does not have to be time consuming. Short bursts of incremental learning can have a lasting impact. This article contains some suggestions for incremental learning opportunities.
Rituals are important to children. They help to give them a sense of belonging—to a family, a group, a religion, or a country. Children seek out rituals, especially in holidays and birthdays. They find comfort and joy in celebrating the same way every year.
When you let your child prepare or assemble his own food, he gains a sense of accomplishment and may even acquire a taste for a greater variety of foods.
Find out what role fantasy friends play in your child’s development.
Is your child a dawdler? Discover reasons for dawdling and tips for how to deal with a dawdling child.
Time is an abstract concept to young children. Helping your child develop a sense of time gives him a feeling of control in his life and is fundamental to learning organization.
Help your child develop creative problem solving and exercise her creative expression with these suggestions.
Even as your child skips off to school, you’ll remain his most influential teacher. Follow these tips for learning at home—you’ll see a world of difference in your child’s academic achievement.
Creative children aren't just good artists--they're good writers, problem solvers and thinkers.
Plan a stress-free play date with these helpful tips.
It might look like a whole lot of silliness, but what's going on in your child's developing brain as she goofs off is more than child's play.
Is your child ready for kindergarten? Educators and developmental experts agree that childred prepared with certain skills are ready for kindergarten.
Research shows that students whose parents are involved in their school earn higher grades, score better on tests and are more likely to attend college. Here are ten ways you can get involved in your kindergartener's education from the get-go.
Shrinking budgets and an emphasis on testing have pushed arts education to the sidelines. Read what parents can do about it.
You'll get more out of your parent-teacher conference if you do these five things to prepare.
In the event of a national tragedy, we all struggle to find the right words to express our feelings, to provide comfort—to make some sense of it all. This can be especially difficult when talking with our children. We hope that these resources will make it easier for you to help your family and friends cope with trauma.
Establish routines and emphasize the importance of being prepared.
Why walk when you can skip, hop or slide? Make ordinary activities, like walking to the car, more fun and & challenging.
Help your child think about what friendship is and why she has chosen the friends she has.
Prepare your child for difficult real-life situations before they happen.
Make chores more bearable by adding an element of chance.
Help your child develop autonomy and sense of self.
Making her own simple meals or snacks makes your child feel responsible and accomplished.
Supermarkets can be educational places, full of learning games to play with your child.
Sharpen your child's memory with this anytime, anywhere game that can be played daily.
Use your child’s love of music to play the classic guessing game.
Bring an audio recorder on long trips for your child to log the travel experience.
Nurture logic and creativity in your child at the supermarket.
Help your child to sharpen her memory skills on your next trip to the supermarket.
The farmers' market is the perfect place to nurture healthy food habits.
Stumped for a solution? Try brainstorming as a family.
Turn your kids on to the arts. It's an exposure to creative, flexible, and nonlinear thinking.
Tired of the old routine? Take an educational excursion to your museum with these tips for keeping it fun.
When you play games with your child, should you let him win?
The Nation's Report Card shows a persistent gap between boys and girls in reading skills. Dads, you can help.
A blank page, a handful of crayons, and a great idea are all you need to get started on the creative path.
To nurture the creative spirit, encourage your child to solve problems by looking at them from a new point of view.
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