Play & Activities

Ideas to have fun with your little ones

Ideas for Play

Struggling to find things to do with your little ones? We’ve all been there. Below you’ll find ideas on activities, toys, and places to go.

Learning 4 Kids offers simple, fun activity ideas by age and category, like messy play (our favorite).

Hulafrog is always full of great local events if you’re searching for somewhere new to go. Many are free or low cost.

NAEYC has a great article on how to choose toys appropriate for you child’s development. 

6 sensory activities for young children Sensory activities engage multiple senses at once – hearing, sight, smell, taste, and touch! For young children, sensory exploration can help engage their focus and help them grow.

5 fun activities to get your family moving 5 fun, easy-to-learn activities designed to get your family moving around, having fun, and building your child’s gross and fine motor skills.

6 bird acitivites for your family is a series of 6 activities that coordinate with our monthly Lend & Learn theme

At-Home Toy Recommendations That May Surprise You don’t have to buy expensive or trendy toys for your child to encourage their growth. Simple items you find around your house can be incredible tools to teach your child new skills.

Five fun, cheap activities to do with your child are activities you can do with items you might already have in your home

Information about the Importance of Play

Play is an important part of healthy child development! Children use play to develop new skills and learn how to interact with their environment. For them, playing is learning!

NAEYC has a list of 10 things every parent should know about play.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children has a lot of information and articles about play in early childhood.

The USA Toy Library Association has great information on the benefits of toy libraries like our Lend and Learn Toy Library!

Why are Toy Libraries so Popular? This blog post highlights why toy libraries are so popular.. and important! 

What about screen time? This blog post discusses screen time for young children, how much is too much? 

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Community Resouces

Sorting through the many resources available to you can be challenging, here you'll find a list of helpful community resources related to the needs of families with young children.

Child Development

It can be challenging to know if your child is on track, and what signs to look for. Here you'll find information the latest child development along with helpful tips on supporting your child.

Family Health & Safety

There is so much research and information on the internet, it can be hard to know what's accurate. Here, we've compiled helpful, up-to-date, family health and safety resources.

Reading With Children

Reading with children from birth help their brains develop and gives them skills they will use the rest of their lives. Here you'll find book ideas, tools on reading with your children, and more.

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