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December Activity

Winter Reading Guide

Reading with your kids starts to benefit their long-term language development when they are infants, which means it's never too early to start reading aloud!

Books are adventures waiting to happen. And when it's cold outside, they are perfect adventures to have inside! Look for these titles at your local library for winter fun to have with your kids.

You can affect your child's entire life during the first 3 years.

The future of our children, our schools, our businesses, our communities, our state and our world depend on quality interactions now—during a child’s first 3 years of life—when vital brain development takes place.

The more opportunities you find to nurture foundations for learning today, the better you are preparing your child to become a contributing part of a successful community later on. And here’s the best part: quality interactions don’t need any extra time, money or special skills!

November Activity

Rhyme Time

Music is a great tool to help kids learn how to communicate.

Sounds, rhythms and words that rhyme help with receptive language, deciphering meaning, and phonemic awareness. To help support their learning - and have some fun together! - download our free Rhyme Time Scavenger Hunt game!

October Activity

Paint Like Pollock

“Communication” goes beyond speaking and writing. Kids learn to communicate when they express themselves, and when they begin to understand the feelings and ideas of others. To support their learning: pretend you’re infamous painter Jackson Pollock (who was born in Cody!) and create works of art using watercolors, finger paints, puff paints or whatever you have on hand. Hang up your paintings like they’re in a gallery; ask your kids why they chose different colors, what they were thinking about when they were painting, and to describe yours!

September Activity

Unleash Their Curiosity III

Help activate your kids' curiosity with books and activities! Try this: Construct a tower together using Cheerios, Play-Doh and uncooked spaghetti noodles. Explain to your kids that the Play-Doh is for their building’s foundation and important for getting their tower to stand up. Then, put spaghetti noodles in the “foundation” and stack Cheerios on them to build towers. Your kids will learn about designing, problem solving and building!

August Activity

Unleash Their Curiosity II

Do your kids describe things they see in nature? They're discovering science! Help activate your kids’ curious minds with activities that get them outside, asking questions and discovering answers. Try this: Remove a leaf from a plant and place it in a bowl of water; put a rock on top so the leaf is submerged. Leave the bowl in a sunny spot for a few hours, then talk about what you see– those tiny bubbles on the leaf are photosynthesis in action!

July Activity

Unleash Their Curiosity

Kids learn about cause and effect and finding solutions by being curious about the world around them, playing and experimenting. Help activate your kids’ curious minds with activities that get them outside, asking questions and discovering answers! Try this: Learn about shadows together by making a human sundial. Trace your shadows with sidewalk chalk at different times of the day and talk about why they move!

June Activity

Read Together, Play Together, Grow Together!

WYQC has a brand new app!

ReadPlayGrow has activities for on the go, information on early childhood development, ways to connect and more.

Download ReadPlayGrow for FREE on your iOS or Android device!

May Activity

Let's Talk About Strong & Healthy Bodies

Your child’s health is about more than regular visits to the doctor. It means developing gross and fine motor skills, self-awareness, self-help skills and nutrition. To help support their health, try doing fun activities together - like yoga! Or, go to your local farmer's market and pick out a healthy snack together!

April Activity

Let's Talk About Communication

Early stages of reading and writing often appear as play, but they provide the foundation for conventional literacy skills to mature.

You can do fun activities with your kids to help support their development, like coloring the ABC's of WYQC together!

March Activity

Let's Talk About Curious Minds

Play helps children develop wonder and creative expression, concepts about the world, and problem solving skills. To support their development, have some fun! Try this one: Make superhero cuffs from empty paper towel or toilet paper rolls, and wear them while you pretend together! Don't forget to take pictures while you’re being curious, and tag us on Instagram: @wyqualitycounts #wyqcexplorersclub

February Activity

Friends Forever

The elements of Social and Emotional Health include emotional and behavior skills. Children learn about themselves as unique individuals through interactions with the world around them. You can support their development with fun activities! Try this: make and decorate a card together for someone you love, and talk about what you admire about them. We created this downloadable card to get you started!

December Activity

Winter Fun!

Do your kids know how much fun there is to be had during winter, in the snow and the cold, inside and out? From snowmen and sledding to fireside story time, now's the perfect time to show your kids that there are interesting things to do every season of the year. Take a picture of your favorite winter activity to do with your kids, and tag us on Instagram! @wyqualitycounts #wyqcexplorersclub

November Activity

Let's Explore Fall!

Are your kids curious about all the fall colors they see, and the way the seasons change? Great! Now is a perfect time to explore Wyoming and learn about this colorful season. You can help make learning fun with our downloadable Bingo sheet (available in color or black and white)! Simply mark each square as you and your child discover fall things, and talk about what you find. And remember, the most important part is that you explore together!

October Activity

What's So Cool About Bugs?

Everything! You can discover new and interesting things about your kids by exploring your own back yard. Ask them: If you were a bug, where would you live? Have them count the number of legs on different bugs. Look for a bug you've never seen and make up a name! Or go on a bug scavenger hunt: find one on a plant, in the dirt, and in the air. Then, take a picture of your kids' favorite creepy crawly and tag us on Facebook! @WYQualityCounts