Young children learn through play. When young children are actively involved in their own learning and having fun at it, they learn better. You can support their learning by engaging them playfully in everyday activities. The activities on our site are based on everyday experiences, use materials commonly found in the home, and most importantly designed to encourage children’s healthy development in all areas (physical, social emotional, language and literacy, and cognitive).


Cooking allows children to experiment, ask questions, learn routine, and it builds their basic knowledge of food. Enjoy cooking with your child and show them that you appreciate their help in the kitchen.

What You Need:

  • 4 rice cakes

  • ¼ cup soft cream cheese

  • Dash of vanilla

  • 1 cup of assorted fresh and dried fruit

What To Do:

1. In a small bowl, help your child measure the cream cheese, add vanilla and stir to blend.

2. Wash the fruit with your child. Allow older children to cut the softer fruits into small pieces with a plastic knife.

3. Have your child spread cream cheese on top of each rice cake to cover it.

4. Let your child decorate with different fruits. Enjoy eating together!

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