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15 Minutes of Family Fun – Singing together

I’m a Little Teapot. Head and Shoulder, Knees and Toes. Itsy Bitsy Spider. Row, Row, Row Your Boat. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Wheels on the Bus. Babies love to hear these songs and more. When they’re older, they love to sing these songs with you. Action songs, where movement accompanies the singing, are even more… Read more

15 Minutes of Family Fun – Photo stories

Today’s activity is using photos of your child and your family to create a story. You can use one photo and have your child create a story that you print to go with it. Or, you can use a series of photos of a favourite activity or special event to illustrate your story. Read it… Read more

15 Minutes of Family Fun – Meal times

Meal times are a great opportunity to do more than eat a healthy diet. Take time to enjoy new foods and talk during dinner. Enhancing this one daily routine can result in big benefits. While eating with their family, children can learn: To try new foods To take turns To be part of a conversation… Read more

15 Minutes of Family Fun – Join the band

Join the band! Here’s an activity for children 3 years of age and older. Make homemade musical instruments; then use them in a marching band. Play the instruments in time to music. Experiment with different instruments, different sounds, and different types of music. Details for this activity can be found on page 42 of the… Read more

15 Minutes of Family Fun – Environmental print walk

Children live in a print environment. They’re surrounded by print every day, including street signs, store signs, labels, logos, advertising, newspapers, and books. At a young age, they are able to recognize that this print has meaning and it can help them make sense of their world. Use this print as a way of developing… Read more

15 Minutes of Family Fun – Story retelling

Story Retelling involves having your child tell you one of their favourite, familiar stories using their own words. While you can encourage their storytelling with leading questions, accept what they are able to retell. This is their version of the story, and it doesn’t have to be word for word or include every detail to… Read more

15 Minutes of Family Fun – Sort and separate

Sort and separate is one of the everyday activities that can help develop literacy and numeracy skills. This laundry activity promotes language development in 3 to 5 year olds. All you need is a large pile of laundry and space to sort it. Help your child sort laundry into piles based on colours, talking about… Read more

15 Minutes of Family Fun – Freeze Dance

Freeze Dance is a fun activity that uses music and movement. You need space for dancing and something to make music that is easy to start and stop (e.g. CD player, musical instrument, your voice). The game is simple. Play or make music and invite your child to move to the music. When it stops,… Read more

15 Minutes of Family Fun – Sorting Stones

Sorting Stones is a language development activity for children from 2 to 5 years of age. So many children like to collect the stones they find outdoors – on a walk, in the garden, at the playground, on the beach. Use this collection as something to talk about, something to count and sort, and something… Read more