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
Toys that encourage creative expression
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    Clip-on Doodle Pro™

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    Kid-Tough™ Doodler Classic with 4 Stampers

    Fine Motor Imagination & Creativity Self-Expression & Confidence

Help your child learn more:

    • “Look what I made!” If you can, stop what you’re doing and check it out when your child wants you to admire his creations. Set aside a special time when you can focus on your child. Ask her to demonstrate her work, and praise her abilities.
    • Encourage self-expression. Can he explain why he's created a certain drawing or video? Or why she thinks her music sounds a certain way? Encourage talking about ideas and feelings.
    • 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.
Sports toys
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    Grow With Me™ 1,2,3 InLine Skates™

    Balance & Coordination Gross Motor Security & Happiness Self-Expression & Confidence
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    Barbie™ Grow With Me™ 1,2,3 Roller Skates™

    Balance & Coordination Gross Motor Security & Happiness Self-Expression & Confidence

Help your child learn more:

    • “Look what I made!” If you can, stop what you’re doing and check it out when your child wants you to admire his creations. Set aside a special time when you can focus on your child. Ask her to demonstrate her work, and praise her abilities.
    • Encourage self-expression. Can he explain why he's created a certain drawing or video? Or why she thinks her music sounds a certain way? Encourage talking about ideas and feelings.
    • 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.

Learning Skills

  • Classification skills
  • Cognitive/thinking skills
  • Respect for nature
  • Spatial relationships
  • Visual discrimination
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