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).

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An activity for a child dealing with strong emotions.

What You Need:

  • Clean, clear plastic bottle (e.g. water bottle)

  • Water

  • Clear shampoo

  • Small lightweight items (small shells, sand, beads, etc.)

  • Food coloring (Optional)

  • Glitter

  • Glue or heavy packing tape

What To Do:

  1. Help your child fill the plastic bottle halfway with warm water.

  2. Fill the remainder with shampoo, leaving space at the top for lightweight objects.

  3. Add one drop of food coloring, glitter and little objects that will float.

  4. Glue or tape the cap shut.

  5. When your child is having strong emotions and a hard time calming down, have her shake the bottle, watch the floating objects of glitter sink back down to the bottom, and take deep breaths.