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).


Here is an activity to support your preschooler’s development.

What You Need:

  • Bag or box to hold collected objects

What To Do:

  1. Walk outdoors with your child and collect natural materials such as small rocks, sticks, twigs, and dried leaves that you find.

  2. Encourage your child to sort the objects into piles of the same types of items. For example, one pile of rocks, one of leaves, and so on. Talk about how the items in each pile are alike or different.

  3. Ask questions such as, “Which pile do you think has the most? Which one has the least?”

  4. Confirm guesses by counting the items with her.