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Playing is one of the "5 Practices" that get children ready to read. It's never too early to begin raising a reader!
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Another fun use-what-you-have idea.  Kids love playing with water!  With this "watering can" they can explore in the garden right alongside you.  What other kid-friendly tools can you make?

diy recycled milk jug watering can Natural and Thrifty in Recycled Watering Jug

100 things to buy at the dollar store and how to play with them

100 things to buy at the dollar store and how to play with them! Crazy amazing list of ideas! I am already addicted to the dollar store AND organizing! My pantry, laundry room, bathrooms may become OVER organized!

DIY how to make cool cardboard toys for kids - mailbox, guitar, boat, oven, puppet theater, castle, playhouse,etc

DIY how to make cool cardboard toys for kids - mailbox, guitar, boat, oven, puppet theater. Could use to give kids mail and announcements for the day !

diy collapsible cardboard playhouse

Making a collapsible playhouse out of a simple cardboard box is easier than you think

Easy to make (collapsible) cardboard playhouse: Turn a cardboard box into hours of entertainment for your little ones with this DIY collapsible playhouse.

From Chalkboards To Strollers: Autumn Scavenger Hunt For Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers

From Chalkboards To Strollers: Autumn Scavenger Hunt For Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers - This is great for just paying attention to the world around you! And I think with older kids you could make it a race!

DIY sand or paint combs

Could use for paint, too? DIY SAND COMBS: Use plastic lids of ice-cream containers. First cut in half with a strong pair of scissors. Next different patterns were cut along one edge of each comb – wavy, jagged, straight and curvy.

Here's a game for a popping good time!  The bubble wrap provides a great reason to watch and listen as you travel.  Have little ones?  Just put colored dots behind each bubble.  Have older ones?  Include exit numbers and road names.

How To Make a Recycled Bubble Wrap Travel Game

Bubble wrap placed over icons. Pop a bubble when you've found the item. - love this idea for speech therapy practice! Or great idea for a car trip. Pop what you see out the window.

Here's a simple way to make playtime easy to clean up!  Line a cup with a baggie before adding the fingerpaint.  When you're done, just grab the bag and toss (or seal and use for another day).  Playtime, especially when playing together is a great way to build language skills!!

This is a quick and easy tip to save you a TON of time in your art center. Instead of pouring the paint into a cup, put a baggie in the cup first. When you need to clean the paint, just throw away the baggies and you are done!

Eggs in the nest sorting game... A great example of a use-what-you-have activity to reinforce early concepts (like color).  Visit RHPL's youth room for our own version!  (3/28/12).

Egg in the nest sorting game

Eggs in the Nest sorting game for Easter. Great idea for teaching color sorting/matching!


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