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).


Activity with keiki to help with patterning, fine motor skills, and art exploration.

What You Need:

  • Large paper bags

  • Newspaper

  • Stapler

  • Paints or markers

  • Glue

  • 6 strips of colored streamers or tissue paper, cut into 24” strips

What To Do:

  1. Cut two large matching cloud shapes out of the paper bags. Staple them together, stapling about 2” apart along all the edges, but leave a 10” opening on the bottom for stuffing.

  2. As your child does the following steps, talk about the order of the steps by using words like “first,” “second,” “next,” “last,” etc.

  • Have your child paint or draw on both sides of the stapled cloud.

  • Show him how to tear the newspaper and crumple it into balls.

    • Have him stuff the cloud shape with the crumpled paper balls until it’s full.

    • Help your child staple the bottom of the cloud shut.

    • Have your child glue the streamers one at a time onto the bottom of the cloud. Talk about the colors as he glues them.