How your 5+ year-old might play now

    • He draws recognizable pictures, writes his name, dresses himself and completes puzzles
    • She can solve problems and explain things
    • His friendships become stronger
    • She can sort things into basic categories
    • He can imitate your pose and tone of voice
    • She can finish activities without waiting for directions
    • He differentiates between “pretend” and “real” when playing
    • She begins to make comparisons and her memory expands
    • He can explain games to other kids
Creative activities
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    Kid-Tough™ Doodler Clip-on

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    Doodle Pro® Classic Doodler with 2 Stampers (Red)

    Fine Motor Imagination & Creativity Self-Expression & Confidence

Help your child learn more:

    • Take-along. If the toy is portable, bring it with you any time your child may have a wait in store or on long car rides to help pass the time.
    • Follow Directions. Make sure your child understands how to use the toy and its accessories. Read the directions and test it out together until your child is comfortable using it on her own.
    • Scene starters.Offer your child a "scene starter" for artwork: "Can you draw a picture of Grandma?" "If you were to invent a robot, what would it look like?"
    • A colorful world.Use your child's interest in art as an opportunity to talk about different colors. Find examples of complimentary and clashing colors. Use paints to show how two different colors mixed together produce a new color.
    • Tour an art gallery or museum with your child. Let her critique the work, telling you what she likes best about it. See if the museum offers any kid-friendly activities.

Bug Hunt

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At this age, your child probably finds bugs fascinating! Have fun together on a Bug Hunt!

Materials

  • Pad of paper and felt-tip pens, or instant camera
  • Yard, park, nature walk, or other outdoor area
  • Magnifying glass
  • Bug identification book (optional)

Instructions

  • Walk or drive to a park or nature area. Bring a small pad of paper and drawing materials, or an instant camera, if you prefer.
  • Walk through the area and help your child find some bugs. Use a magnifying glass to get a closer look.
  • When you locate a bug, have your child draw a picture of it using her pad and pens, or take a photograph.
  • Continue your walk, looking for different bugs.
  • After you gather a nice collection, return home to organize the drawings or photos. If using a regular camera, have the film developed.
  • Lay the pictures or photos on a table and have your child examine the bugs. Ask her to look for features that are similar and different.
  • If you have a bug identification book, have your child try to identify the bugs and label them.

Safety

Be careful with bugs that bite and sting and watch for dangerous plants such as poison ivy.

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