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DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING: Fun activities that won’t break the bank

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Finding new activities to try with your child is a great way to encourage their development! If you are tight on money however, especially after the holidays, it can be tough. So, what’s the best way to keep your kids excited about new activities? Here are a few great options that will keep you within your budget and engage your child’s mind.

Alphabet Book: This is a great activity for children ages 0 to 3. All you need is paper, paint and some drawing tools. Get creative with your child and have them make their very own alphabet book. They will have fun making it as well as learn from it in the process.

Lid Fit: Another idea for children 0 to 3 is playing with pots and lids. Layout a few different sized pots for your child and let them figure out which lids match. It’s an opportunity to teach your child about different shapes and sizes as well as the idea of matching.

Bead Jewelry: For kids ages 4 to 8, making beaded jewelry is a hands-on activity that they will love. Colorful beads are classic. You can also try beads with numbers and letters. This is a great chance to review math or spelling skills while creating something.

Taste Tests: Blind taste tests are a fun way to have your child try new foods. If your child is 4 to 8 years old, take turns being blindfolded and have one another try something. You both will get a chance to explore different tastes and maybe discover something you like.

Setting aside at least 30 minutes a day to spend quality time with your kid is easy! Visit the DE Thrives QT30 page to see tons of activities you can try indoors, outdoors and more. To learn more about the importance of tracking your child’s development, check out our developmental screening site.

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