Celebrate The Week of the Young Child with these Fun Activities for Thrive Thursday!

It's Thrive Thursday in celebration of the Week of the Young Child! Try these healthy activities with your young child and share a picture on our Facebook page!

See that your baby has plenty of active playtime when he can kick, reach for things and push himself up. Support him as he learns to sit up, crawl and pull up to stand. Help him play with rattles, busy gyms, blocks and other infant toys he can grasp, bang and shake.
Roll, throw and kick a ball with your child. Play hide-and-seek, tag or jump rope with your child, which will help your child develop large muscle coordination.
Get moving together as a family: Go for a walk or bike ride after dinner instead of watching TV.
Practice galloping, hopping and jumping together outside, show that being active is fun.
Make feeding times enjoyable for you and your baby. Don’t worry if things get messy as you introduce new foods.
Introduce healthy snacks, such as cut-up fruits and vegetables. 
Make a game out of reading food labels and learning which foods are healthy.


Celebrate The Week Of The Young Child With This Fun Activity For Read Aloud Wednesday!

It's Read Aloud Wednesday in celebration of the Week of the Young Child! Try this activity with your young child and share a picture on our Facebook page!

Hold your child on your lap. Hold the book "Pat the Bunny" by Dorothy Kunhardt in front of your child and read the title to him.
After you have read the title, using simple words, tell your child about the picture on the cover of the book. You might say, "Look, there is a bunny," while pointing to the picture of the bunny on the cover. Help your child to touch the bunny. If your child is old enough, encourage him to say bunny with you.
Read the book to your child, pointing to the pictures and telling your child about them.
Let your child turn the pages of the book, and read at his own pace. If he is turning pages quickly, just talk about the pictures. If he is turning them slowly, read the words and talk about the pictures.


Celebrate the Week of the Young Child with this fun activity for STEM Tuesday!

It's STEM Tuesday in celebration of the Week of the Young Child! Try this activity with your young child and share a picture!

Fill a plastic tub (or the bathtub) with water.
Show your child four objects (like a cork, wood, shell, styrofoam, or whatever you have around the house) - Hand your child each object and talk with her about it, ask: What is this? What is it made of? What do you think will happen if we put it in the water? Do you think it will sink (drop to the bottom of the tub) or float (stay on top of the water) in water?
Test out your child’s guess. Ask your child place it into the water to see if it sinks or floats.
Ask your child: "Why do you think it did that?"
Help your child place the item in the appropriate side of a sink/float chart. (For example, the shell should be placed on the "Sink" side of the sink/float chart.)
Repeat the steps with each object.


Celebrate The Week of the Young Child with this Fun Activity for Music Monday!

It's Music Monday in celebration of the Week of the Young Child! Try this activity with your young child and share a picture on our Facebook Page!

Make your own instruments. For example, make a drum from an empty oatmeal container! Make a kazoo by placing wax paper on the end of a toilet paper tube. Or, make a rain stick by placing rice in a paper towel tube and covering each end with duct tape. Have your child make up (compose) his own songs. Let him put on a concert for you.
When you listen to music, help your child clap, snap or tap to the beat of the music.


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