- Introduce different musical instruments. Encourage children to explore the instruments and start a marching band that travels around the facility.
- Sing in the park. Take a walk in the community and sing out loud. Share copies of the resource 10 Ways Babies Learn When We Sing to Them with the people you encounter on your walk.
- Encourage children to take part in making their own snacks. Take pictures of children making their own snack and share with families or on social media (with parent permission). List the skills that children are learning as they make their own snack.
- Introduce new vocabulary related to the foods children are eating. Talk about the colors, textures, and tastes of the foods included in the meals. Document the new vocabulary words and share them with parents so they can use them at home.
Work Together Wednesday
- Create a Cooperation Castle. Use a large cardboard box to create a play space. Encourage children to work together to paint and decorate the play space.
- Invite families to participate in an activity that they work on with their child. It could be a project related to art, music, science, or construction.
- Invite members of the community to visit your program and work on a community mural with the children. Point out the skills that children are learning as they engage in the art project. Use language from your state’s early learning standards so community members can clearly see the connection between the activity and children’s learning.
- Create mini paintings. Place facts about the benefits of open ended art activities on the back of each painting. Share the paintings with families or take them on a walk to pass out to members of your community.
- Throw a surprise party for families. Welcome each family member who comes to pick up their child with an enthusiastic “Surprise!” Have healthy snacks available and invite families to join you for an afternoon celebration.
- Make Week of the Young Child 2018 Provide a variety of materials needed for homemade books that families can create with their children. Have pictures of children engaged in learning activities, sample works of art, and dictations of children’s language available. Encourage families to bring in images of their own to add to the book.