Here at Chicago Parent, we're pleased to partner with Productive Parenting, a website that provides
parents with activities to engage in with their kids, infants to
age 5. Productive Parenting's staff of child development experts
will provide Chicago Parent with an activity every month designed
to help your child develop key skills, from matching to sequencing
Target age: 2½ years old
Materials: Bowls, variety of
What to do: During breakfast, have your
child match cereals. Pour three different kinds of cereals in three
different cereal bowls ahead of time. After your child is seated,
name each cereal. Bring out the boxes of cereals and see if your
child can match the cereal in the bowl to the cereal pictured on
the box. Show your child the name of the cereal on the box.
Matching is an important skill for your child to learn.
Variations: Put cereal into plastic
containers with spouts that your child may pour without assistance.
Label each container with the name and a picture of the
Skills learned: Matching, self
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