Educational Activities

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Top 10 Web 2.0 Tools for Young Learners is a T H E Journal article which highlights ten great online tools for young children. 

Assistive Technology and Other Technology Resources

Spanish Language Resources

Parents and caregivers play a vital role in a child's development.  Offer playful learning moments for your preschooler by reading to your child and engaging them in everyday routines and activities. Learn how you can support your child's development by exploring the education activity resources that you can do with your child at home.

Literacy Activities

These web-based resources offer parents information, activities, and tips for helping children develop language skills. 

As part of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the U.S. Department of Education has made available, the Empowering Parent School Box, a comprehensive toolkit of educational resources for parents of children of all ages.  Be sure to also check out the My Child's Special Needs links on the left navigation bar for additional resources designed for children with special needs.

Guides for Adapting Early Literacy Activities for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers with Disabilities
The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has published 15 new CELL practice guides with adaptations for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, which show how to adapt early literacy activities so that young children with disabilities can participate. The guides can be used by practitioners or parents, or by parents in collaboration with practitioners. They describe everyday home, community, and childcare learning opportunities that encourage early literacy learning.

I Can Read Songs supports early literacy by teaching children to read and write 13 high-frequency sight words by embedding them in the language of joyous songs. Children sing-along and dance-along as they learn the sight words.

The Learning Page created by Live and Learn has educational and developmental activities for 3-4 year olds and 4-5 year olds.  There is also information about toy recalls, safety, nutrition and other useful resources for parents of preschoolers.

Ready at Five's ParentTips is a series designed especially for parents of young children. ParentTips provides you with information and fun tips for building your child's skills and abilities. Just a few minutes everyday will help your child be ready to succeed in school! If you are an early childhood educator or community leader, you can help distribute ParentTips! You can use ParentTips in your school, company, or organizational newsletters and flyers!

Tips for Turning Everyday Activities into Learning Activities 
This booklet is a publication of Maryland Ready to Succeed and is available in 17 different languages.  It provides activities to help your child grow in seven developmental areas.

Visual Learning Strategies
This site provides information on the importance of using visual strategies to reach students who learn visually, as well as specific ways for using visual strategies.

You and Your Preschool Child is a toolkit provided by the U.S. Department of Education which offers tips for preparing your child for success in preschool.   Haga clic aquí para una versión en español de Usted y su niño en edad preescolar.

Visual Impairment Curriculum (VICurriculum)  In cooperation with the Maryland School for the Blind, and The Maryland State Department of Education Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, VI Curriculum draws on many years of experience in working with visually impaired children from birth through kindergarten.

These kid-friendly sites are full of engaging and fun online activities designed specifically for preschoolers to do with a parent or caregiver.

Music Resources

Music for Learning: Featured on Early Childhood News site, you'll find downloadable MP3s and correlating activities.

The American Music Therapy Association has released a new early childhood online magazine, Imagine.   The inaugural issues includes:

  • over 50 contributions from 10 countries
  • latest research, trends, clinical strategies, resources, and more
  • interactive digital viewing mode
  • podcasts, photo stories, teaching episodes
  • international color of us series
  • newsletter archive
  • early childhood network platform, and
  • an event calendar

Play with your Child!

As a parent, you may have experience with professionals or service providers who utilize play therapy, an approach to therapy that builds on the normal communication and learning processes of a child. Play therapy is a mental health intervention that utilizes a child’s natural sense of wonder, creativity, and imagination as a means of facilitating the therapeutic process. This therapeutic process uses play to establish verbal and non-verbal methods of communicating and bonding, thus paving the way for children to learn to solve problems, express themselves, and change undesirable behaviors. Play therapy can take place one-on-one with just the play therapist and child, in a group setting with multiple children, or in a group with family members. Regardless of setting, play therapy provides a unique opportunity to see into and participate in a child’s world.

Learn more about Play Therapy and activities you can do with your child at home.

Making the Most of Playtime: CSEFEL Resource

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) has published a new resource for families entitled Making the Most of Playtime, which offers tips and strategies for families to consider when playing with their infant or toddler. It is part of the CSEFEL Family Tools Collection and can be accessed online at