Daddy and Me at Home

Quality time can happen any time. Here are some things you can do together at home.

Have a staring contest (ages 0-1): Babies love to study faces. Gazing at your baby can help build her memorization and concentration skills. Let her touch and explore your face.

Read to your baby (ages 0-1): Even the youngest babies will begin to learn language skills from hearing you speak and read. Of course, children's books are great to share but, with infants, you can even read a sports story and your baby will appreciate it. Try speaking in silly voices and make funny faces to get some giggles going! Below are a few suggested books:

  • Potter the Otter: A Tale About Water
  • It's Picnic Day, Potter
  • Shake a Leg
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • My Shining Star
  • Read to Your Bunny
  • Daddy, My Favorite Guy

Encourage curiosity and be curious (ages 2-3): Your child's questions are a way of exploring and learning, and encouraging him to ask questions and taking the time to answer helps his vocabulary and mental ability to grow. If he is interested in something, help him learn more by getting books from the library on the subjects and reading aloud to him. Asking your child questions such as, “What did you do today?” or, “What is your favorite food?” let him know you are genuinely interested in him.

Play ball (ages 2-3): Although not yet ready for organized sports, your toddler will love running around. And helping her learn to kick, throw and catch will start building coordination and confidence. Progress can be slow, so patience and lots of encouragement are key. The point is for both of you to have fun doing something active together.

Give your child a job (ages 4-5): Build your preschooler's self esteem and responsibility by giving him his own household chore, such as putting laundry in the hamper or helping you with a project. When he finishes, be sure to praise him. He will feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in working at something, which can help establish confidence and a strong work ethic as he gets older.

Get busy with chalk (ages 4-5): Use the sidewalk as your canvas to write letters and create drawings with chalk. It is a great way for your daughter to show you what she knows and to practice writing and reading skills important for kindergarten.

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