We know that everyone is cleaning and sanitizing their homes now more than ever. Let the kids help!
Take a bin and fill it up with warm water. Add soap to make it bubbly. Throw in sponges and washcloths. Collect dolls or any toys that need a little scrub and add them in. Give it to your child to start washing! This is a great lesson in good hygiene! You can also sing songs like the ABC’s to practice the alphabet.
Want more fun? Add a little bit of literacy on the topic of cleanliness!
Infants and Toddlers Read “Bathtime” by Sandra Boynton
2s: Read “How do Dinosaurs clean their rooms?” by Jane Yolen
3s, 4s and K: Read “Too Many Toys” by David Shannon and “Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room”
Click here for some fun facts and ways to wash up and talk about hygiene with children
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Cooking, Baking, and Tasting! – Baking Activity
Choose a recipe for your favorite cookie, muffin, or pancake or use suggested one below.
EASY SUGAR COOKIES
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Colored sprinkles to taste
- Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- Cream butter and sugar together with an electric mixer. Beat in egg and vanilla.
- On low speed, beat in flour mixture, mixing until all the flour is incorporated. Do not br/>overmix, or the cookies will turn out tough.
- Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes, preferably 1 to 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- Drop dough using a rounded tablespoon onto prepared cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with your fingers. Top with sprinkles, if desired.
- Bake 8 to 12 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown on the bottom.
What is your child leaning while cooking? Children learn how to follow directions, measuring, math, science and more when they cook with adults.
Infants - let your littlest chef touch and feel the ingredients. Babies learn by touching and exploring. Let them help pour in the ingredients after you’ve measured them. Talk about what you are doing and let them watch. Our youngest children pick up on the language and tones. This is a great way to begin pre math, pre science and especially language skills!
Toddlers and 2s: Allow your child to help you measure and pour. Let them explore and touch the ingredients as well. Touch is very important at this age.
3s, 4s and K: Focus on “S” and “M” from STEM used in baking!
Math – draw your child’s attention to measuring cups and spoons while calling out numbers and quantities.
Science – discuss how consistencies change as ingredients are added
Literacy – read “If you give a mouse a cookie” or “If you give a moose a muffin” or “If you give a pig a pancake” by Laura Numeroff
Click here for some fun If you give a mouse a cookie activities
Click here for some fun playdough activities. Making your own playdough is fun and easy and the potential for continued learning is only limited by your imagination and your child’s imagination.