Let’s get gluing—DIY activities with developmental benefits that stick
Using glue to stick items together may not sound like cognitive development, but it is. Try these activities with your toddler to practice.
Using glue to stick items together may not sound like cognitive development, but it is. Try these activities with your toddler to practice.
The benefits of skin-to-skin time include reducing crying and improving sleep and immunity. There are many more, as you'll learn in this post.
Your baby is starting to understand that objects fall through a tube, but stay put in a container. Learn how the Lovevery Clear Tube reinforces this real-world concept.
Somewhere around 30 months, your child may be able to match identical or similar pictures of objects. Practice matching with these activity ideas.
Pom poms are a fun way to help develop fine motor skills and dexterity, and a great addition to sensory play. Try these quick and easy activities with your child.
Many sensory activities focus on texture, temperature and other tactile properties. Try these ways to incorporate smell into your two-year-old’s sensory play.
Your two-year-old is likely starting to demonstrate more awareness of environmental sounds. Here's how you can help them tune into sound.
Here are some ways to practice color-matching, using The Lovevery Drop and Match Dot Catcher and household craft supplies.
When you can't get to the park, these activities involve minimal materials and prep, and support large body movements to help your child get their energy out.
As children approach age 3, they engage more in symbolic play: using objects to stand in for others. Here are 6 ideas for dramatic play with your two-year-old.
Sensory activities engage the body and mind in a way that builds critical neural pathways. Here are some sensory activities with varying levels of messiness.
Cardboard is inexpensive, plentiful, and just right for a two-year-old getting into new kinds of pretend play. Here are 4 cardboard activities for your two-year-old.
Your toddler’s brain loves to grapple with opposites. A great way to involve your toddler in learning about opposites is by exploring the idea of dirty vs clean
Keeping toddlers engaged while doing chores can be a challenge. Here are some fun and fresh ways you can get your toddler involved with laundry.
Your toddler already understands the basics of advanced mathematical concepts. Here are some ways to bring math into everyday life with your toddler.
Pretend play is a great way for your child to apply their current skills and use them for different purposes.
Try these expert tips to swaddle your baby in a way that supports safe and healthy development.
Painter's tape and small toys can turn into a great pre-math activity for young kids who love to sort and compare.
Eye droppers are great for fine motor practice, precision, and focus, and can make an activity feel fresh and new.
Your child gets to work on their fine motor skills when your introduce versatile dot stickers.
Cracking eggs takes a bit of training, but it's a great Montessori practical life activity you can begin around 3-years old.
This game is not only good for precise drawing practice, it's also an exercise in in using descriptive words.
Kids need to run, jump, exercise, and work out the wiggles regularly. Try these 3 simple ways to get moving.
This activity gets the wiggles out while giving your child an opportunity to practice counting and identifying numbers.
This activity is a great way for your child to strenghen fine motor skills needed for precision in their grasp, manipulation, and release.
A fun way to keep your child moving with challenging obstacles using just chalk.
Traveling with children can be challenging. Here are some ideas for the car that require no materials or tech and can be played by both driver and passengers.
Introducing a game of stop and go can help your 2-year-old learn body control. Build on the skills as they master them in these fun new ways.
Two-year-olds are learning how to control their voices. This game lets them practice and gets the whole family involved.
An obstacle course, indoors or out, is a great way for your child to develop gross motor skills like walking on tiptoes and jumping with both feet.
If you have a pair of kid sunglasses and some pipe cleaners, you have all you need for a DIY bedazzling project—and you can make the sunglasses from scratch if need be.
A scavenger hunt with a flashlight is a great way to look for fun, friendly, familiar items with a beam of light. It works great, even for kids who are afraid of the dark.
Unwrapping something can help give your child a feeling of accomplishment, joy, and satisfaction—and it’s really fun. Here are a few ways to make "found object" gifting as fun as possible.
Your child may be into pretend play these days. Setting up a roadmap with tape and little cars gives them a landscape on which to create a whole world of pretend play.
This water painting activity boosts gross and fine motor skills and is incredibly simple. All you need are paint brushes and a bucket of water.
Twisting caps to loosen and tighten them takes concentration and coordination, and can be done over and over again. This activity reuses disposable baby food pouches to allow your child to practice.
"Posting” is a term used to describe fitting objects into an opening of corresponding size. In this activity, colorful, bendable pipe cleaners fit into Wiffle balls for all kinds of posting fun.
This DIY craft activity has can be taken on car trips and stored easily for future use—and it supports multiple developmental skills as well.
In this activity, your child will push toy cars, trains, planes, and other small vehicles through DIY tunnels, creating a world of pretend play to get lost in.
This simple DIY is a great source of entertainment and helps develop gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination. All it takes is a paper plate, popsicle sticks, and a balloon.
Some of the best craft materials can be found in the recycling bin. Here are 3 crafts you can do with your toddler using toilet paper rolls.
DIY popsicle stick color pockets | Lovevery
Sometimes all it takes to keep your toddler busy is a balloon. If you happen to have a balloon in your house, use these ideas to make the magic happen.
Bring home stick and leaf collections from your neighborhood walks and turn them into paint brushes with this DIY.
Use this taste-safe paint recipe made of veggie scraps for a great new way to connect with your toddler through art.
Dropping a pom pom into an opening requires a variety of skills from a child, from lining up their hand with the opening to knowing when and how to open their fingers to release. Try it with this activity.
Sensory bins of all kinds allow young children to explore different materials with their hands. In this case, you'll use pom poms that can be squeezed, rolled, bunched, tossed, and poured with a pitcher.
In this activity, which repurposes a cardboard box, your child’s evolving understanding of object permanence is combined with a fun DIY ball-rolling activity.
Use eggs, balls, or marbles in place of a paint brush in this fun activity that's a fit for young children.
Short on eggs? Painted rocks are a great substitute for your annual Easter egg hunts.
Sticky notes are all you need for this fun activity. It encourages fine motor and gross motor skills, builds core strength, strengthens hand-eye coordination, and improves grasping skills.
If you have a crawler (on average around 8-10 months) that needs more of a challenge, try creating a mountain of pillows. This activity is also great for babies who have skipped crawling or are quickly trying to move past the crawling stage.
Starting around 11 months, your baby will love this indoor play activity that uses clear Contact paper, painter’s tape, and construction paper.
Problem solving and fine motor work are key to releasing the trapped toys in this fun DIY play for your baby.
Balls and muffin tin activity | Lovevery
Animals and tape are all you need for this DIY activity for your baby or toddler.
Sensory bottles offer mess-free sensory play for your baby or toddler. Try these five ideas yourself.
The world right outside your home is full of opportunities for your baby to learn. Take a stroll around the neighborhood with your baby, enjoy the fresh air, and collect some natural souvenirs for an outdoor treasure box.
If you were able to get some Easter eggs this year, or you have some from previous years, you can offer them to your baby to explore. They will like the bright colors, figuring out how they open and close, and watching the different ways the eggs move.
Create a starry night experience for your baby using things you already have at home.
From developing neural pathways to encouraging language development, music is almost magical in its impact on your baby's brain development. Listen to Lovevery's playlists for everything from bedtime to dance parties.
Babies around 1 to 3 months will start to wave their arms around when they see something they are interested in. You can put leftover party supplies to good use by taping party streamers to the legs of your Play Gym.
Around 7-9 months, babies begin to notice that some things can change shape. Here are super simple ways to show how everyday items can transform.
This fun sensory activity introduces your baby to tactile play, and might even make tummy time more enjoyable.
Sensory bottles are easy, mess-free ways to stimulate your baby's senses.
Everyday noises are new to your baby. Use these 5 play ideas to introduce them to natural sounds and help them develop lasting neural networks.
Your baby listens to the intonation, rhythm, and patterns of your voice. Learn 8 ways to talk with your baby that support their speech development.
Bathtime has many cognitive and emotional benefits beyond simply keeping your baby clean. Here's how you can help your baby get the most out of bathtime.
Why are blocks so foundational to childhood? Block play supports language development, STEM concepts, visual spatial skills, and more.
Washing their hands is an important and practical skill for your child. Here's how to break it down into manageable steps.
The pincer grasp isn't just for babies. Toddlers need to continue strengthening this coordination and dexterity for future tasks.
Playdough is not only a fun and creative activity for kids, it also helps develop motor skills and finger strength. Follow our favorite homemade recipe.
Learn the differences between turn-taking and sharing, and when children are ready for each.
Sometimes an everyday object can delight and engage your baby just as much as a toy. Learn how to introduce your baby to the playthings already in your home.
Babies' interests evolve, but you don't always need to buy new toys in order to keep up. Lovevery shares new ways to play with familiar favorites.
With a few simple supplies, you can create fun DIY activities to keep your toddler busy and engaged without a screen at home or away.
A toddler's budding sense of humor is a sign of their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Learn five ways to help nurture your child's funny-bone.
You can help your toddler understand natural sequences related to airflow by fanning them, blowing across the top of a bottle, blowing bubbles, and more.
Keeping your baby clean matters to most parents, but getting messy can teach important skills. Here are some fun ideas for messy sensory play.
Understanding math concepts at a young age can be a predictor of school success later on. Introduce your baby to math with these simple ideas from Lovevery.
Water and ice teach your baby that some things stay the same, while others transform. Here are some fun ideas for water and ice play.
Giving your toddler opportunities to help with household tasks makes them feel independent and valuable. Try these ways to encourage your child to participate.
This DIY project captures your child's first words and builds their vocabulary as their language develops.
Neuroscientist Gillian Starkey shares tips for introducing your toddler to math and why it's beneficial to start now.
Pom poms are a fun way for your toddler to develop their fine motor skills. Here are some ideas for playin with pom poms at home or on the go.
Develop your toddler's fine-motor skills and concentration in a fun new way with items you probably already have at home.
Consider these fun and safe ways to include your toddler in your real kitchen before you buy a new toy kitchen.
Sensory exploration of colors, shapes, and textures with your child doesn't have to be complicated. Here are a few simple science activities for toddlers.
Music is a great way for toddlers to express creativity. Lovevery provides 4 fresh ways to make music a part of your child's life.
Children react in various ways when they encounter bugs, but what should they do? Here are 5 environmental lessons your toddler can learn now.
Learn how to support your todder's pretend play, which is based on their own lived experiences. Imagination play will come later.
What is a Montessori Treasure Basket and what do I put in it? Lovevery provides a list of household and outdoor items that your baby can play with.
Dedicating a drawer or cabinet for your baby to play in can become their new favorite activity. Fill your baby's new space with these safe household objects.
Your baby is learning to use a pincer grasp to pick up objects. Learn why puff snacks can be your baby's favorite (safe) way to practice their new motor skills.
Blankets can help your baby learn about object permanence, shape, and balance. Here are some fun and simple ways to incorporate blankets into playtime.
They drop it, you pick it up, they drop it again. There is nothing toddlers love more than playing with gravity. Here are four experiments to try.
Walking while carrying or pushing an object requires significant coordination and motor skills. Learn how pushing and transporting benefit your toddler.
Throwing, rolling, and flinging are all a natural part of how toddlers play and are early lessons in cause and effect. Here are 6 safe ways to practice.
If you dread toddler travel, the first step toward a less stressful experience might be to reframe how you think about it. Here are 17 ideas to get you started.
Lovevery's experts share 10 techniques you can use to protect and grow your infant's developing brain.
In order for any of your child's individal senses to give them meaningful information about the world, they need to be linked in the brain—this is the case for getting messy.
Water play helps toddlers create art, learn science, and develop fine motor skills. Here are 10 water play activities you can do with your toddler.
By mouthing objects, your baby builds a solid foundation for speech and sensory development. Find out what is safe for your baby to mouth.
Kicking play develops crucial motor skills. Learn why your baby kicks and some fun ways to encourage them to practice.
Learn when your baby should start reaching, grasping, and mouthing objects—practices that build fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Here are some early childhood math activities for your two-year-old that make the most of playtime and their normal routine.
Your 4- to 12-week old baby is fed, rested, and alert. But how do you play with them? Here are some easy ideas for baby’s first playtimes.