Learning is everywhere when your child is little, so take full advantage of her willingness to play. Here are 100 activities to do together — that's 100 days of learning!1. Make play dough and use it to make cupcakes, bread, cookies, sweets, chocolates or any fun little things.
Play Dough Recipe: 1 cup white flour 1/2 cup salt 2 tablespoon cream of tartar (find it in the spice section) 1 tablespoon oil 1 cup water food coloring
Directions: Mix first 4 ingredients in a pan. Add water and mix well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 3 - 5 minutes. Dough will become difficult to stir and form a “clump”. Remove from stove and knead for 5 minutes – add food coloring during kneading process. Play dough will keep for a long time stored in a covered plastic container or plastic sandwich bag.2. Create a treasure basket ... A small basket lined with fabric and labeled "Treasures" to keep items in it that your child is fascinated by or that you want him or her to learn about. For instance, you can do a kitchen theme of different cooking utensils, or things that we use of hygiene ... the sky's the limit. 3. Make art on the window pane using sheets of foam for crafting .... cut into all kinds of shapes or create a fun story scene. 4. Create a story box to retell a favorite story — use a shoebox to gather all of the items you need. 5. Use a salad spinner to create spin art. 6. Make paints prints with broccoli, peppers, spaghetti, toy cars, cardboard tubes, egg cartons or cookie cutters 7. Make salt dough and use it to create hand and foot prints, ornaments, leaf prints or letters 8. Use stickers to tell stories or make quick art work 9. Make some cloud dough (moldable sand!) and play with it making fun shapes
Cloud dough recipe: 5 cups plain flour 1 cup baby oil Mix well and play!10. Use material to wrap around cardboard shapes, introduce weaving or make a birds nest 11. Get out the shaving cream and finger paint shapes on a tray, try adding food coloring 12. Mold some small toys in jello and dig them out, playing and exploring 13. Play "can you guess what this smell is?" using items in your kitchen 14. Freeze some toys in ice and try and have a race to see who can excavate them the quickest 15. Stack some cups and explore shadows 16. Make paper tube chutes for dropping beans and pom poms 17. Paint each other's faces with face crayons 18. Turn a box into a town and draw roads and buildings inside, or turn it into a train track with a station 19. Set up a role play coffee shop 19. Make some clothing pin fairies using small pieces of fabric and a fine-tip Sharpie. Use the fairies to tell a story 20. Practice writing letters and numbers in salt 21. Have fun finger painting 22. Act out Goldilocks and the 3 Bears 23. Go on a nature walk in your backyard or street or nearby park 24. Make a favorite book character from play dough 25. Use handprints to measure things 26. Make ball catchers from milk jugs and play with a ball 27. Set up a reading tent and read a pile of books together with milk and cookies 28. Freeze some rice for cool sensory play 29. Make a rock pool using a large roasting pan, and tell seaside stories 30. Have a colored bath in the middle of the day using small drops of food coloring 31. Paint a table top with chalkboard paint then draw on it, make train tracks and create a city 32. Put together a sensory tub themed around anything you like to interest your child in a story 33. Get up to your elbows in cooked and cooled spaghetti 34. Make macaroni necklaces 35. Mix colors with water in small bowls to learn what makes what colors 36. Make sandwiches together, going your child's pace 37. Step in paint and make footprints on paper 38. Decorate coloring sheets by gluing on buttons 39. Make your own edible fingerpaints.
Edible Fingerpaints Recipe 2 cups corn starch 1 cup cold water 4-and-a-half cups of boiling water Liquid food coloring
Directions: Mix the corn starch with the cold water and stir together. Pour in the boiling wate, one cup at a time and stir between each cup. Keep stirring as it melts into a pudding-like consistency. Separate into different jars or plastic bowls and add food coloring to make different colors.40. Make a rainstick 41. Use shells to create your own fossils in salt dough 42. Set up an outdoor messy area for making mud pies and grass soup (spring fun!) 43. Make a pirate map, a treasure chest from a cardboard box, a sandy pirate island and go on adventures, indoors or out 44. Experiment with magnetism 45. Turn an enormous cardboard box into a play car 46. Collect petals to make perfume (spring time) 47. Create a dinosaur land in a tray, using your small collection of dinosaurs 48. Scoop and pour all kinds items from your pantry - kids love this! 49. Poke pipe cleaners through all kinds of small spaces 50. Make pictures with felt shapes 51. Use plastic bottles to make discovery bottles 52. Paint rainbows together 53. Begin a collection of play boxes — plastic bins you can fill with items and pull out from time to time 54. Create a giant collage version of a favorite book of your child's 55. Scrape forks or combs through paint to explore texture 56. Grind coffee beans 57. Make a frozen alphabet using these fun trays 58. Sort colors and practice number skills in an egg carton 59. Make a picture with cotton balls 60. Blow bubbles together, talk about floating 61. Make giant chalk letters 62. Make a rain gauge to measure rainfall together. Use a plastic water bottle. Cut the top of the water bottle off and turn it upside down IN the water bottle to catch rain 63. Grow beans on cotton balls — fun gluing exercise 64. Paint with all kinds of different tools 65. Use masking tape to create artwork 66. Fold paper over paint to make blotto prints 67. Bake alphabet cookies 68. Use sticky paper to make stained glass window art 69. Make a craft with your child (see Kiera's Crafts) 70. Germinate seeds in a windowsill pot 71. Paint with water on colored chalk 72. Blow paint through a straw 73. Make wrapping paper and gift tags out of plain paper 74. Hold a pretend play birthday party 75. Put paper all over the floor and have a huge doodling session 76. Build with blocks and challenge each other with height 77. Make a leaf or flower crown 78. Press flowers or leaves in wax paper for a bookmark 79. Use toothpicks and glue to make a mini tee-pee 80. Print with bubble wrap to make the ocean 81. Crush chalk to make paint 82. Use household objects to make music 83. Have a tea party 84. Plant a fairy garden (spring) 85. Paint with cotton balls 86. Decorate a flower pot or a bird house 87. Explore shells using sand play dough 88. Create land art with natural materials found on a walk 89. Paint in the bath or on the windows with shaving cream 90. Make a favorite book character from play dough and retell the story together 91. Play with real cooking equipment and dried beans 92. Add patterns and textures to play dough 93. Decorate play dough gingerbread men with buttons 94. Make glittery paintings by adding glitter to the painted pictures before they've dried 95. Cut potatoes to make shapes and then print them in paint 96. Bake homemade cookies together 97. Play dress up together 98. Play beauty shop together 99. Make a balance beam from boards or other objects you can find and practice balancing 100. Lace shoes together