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).


As preschoolers start to interact and play with others, you can introduce and reinforce the concepts of sharing.

What You Need:

  • Small cardboard box with a hole cut out for a mouth.

  • Glue

  • Items to decorate the monster such as paper triangles for teeth, paper circles for eyes.

  • Small items to share with the monster: e.g., small toys or pretend food.

What To Do:

  1. Create the monster by cutting a hole in a small cardboard box

  2. Decorate the monster with paper eyes and teeth.

  3. Each child takes a turn sharing by feeding the monster some of their toys.

  4. Say to the child, “You are sharing your toys when you are feeding the monster. You have some and the monster has some that you gave him.”