Fill and Dump
Source: Zero to Three
Make 5-10 homemade balls (wad up waxed paper or newspaper and cover with masking tape). Put the balls in a shoebox or basket. Give your grandchild another box and show her how she can move each ball from one box to the other. If your grandchild is walking, place the baskets a few steps apart so that your child can toddle from one to the other. Games like this encourage toddlers to move their hands across their bodies as they transfer the balls, which helps them later on with many skills from athletics to handwriting.
Recommended Age: Birth-2 year olds
Kind: Offline Activity
Key Concepts: Gross Motor, Fine Motor
Standard: IT-PMP 3, IT-PMP 4, IT-PMP 5, IT-PMP 6, IT-PMP 7, IT-PMP 8
Given the school closures, CTB is sharing daily activities (digital and physical) that are standards-aligned and developmentally appropriate for preschoolers. Also see our research-backed assessment and learning games for parents and children.