Week of Play Activities


Many parents of young children have been left without child care, and are quickly becoming familiar with the challenges of promoting education at home in an engaging way. During this time, we’re encouraging parents to first, take a deep breath. Consider for a moment the other parents of the nearly 55 million children across the country who are sharing this experience with you.

Next, it’s time to formulate a plan. Together, #wegotthis.

To help you out, we’re sharing suggestions for learning activities parents of young children can do at home by engaging children with Talk, Read, Play.

Here’s how it works:

Young children acquire foundational language and literacy skills through the consistent, meaningful interactions they have with adults in their lives. These interactions can occur as adults talk, read and play with them.

Every moment of interaction and engagement counts! Beyond the examples we’ll be sharing, remember, you can engage your children during routine moments throughout the day – while preparing meals, getting ready for a bath, and doing laundry, for example.

Week of Playful Learning Activities

Follow along each day below during week one, and check back at the beginning of next week for another list of new suggestions.


Dramatic Play Restaurant

Pretend you’re going to open a restaurant! Talk about what kind of restaurant you want to open. What kind of food would you serve? Work with a sibling or parent and create a menu of delicious foods for your restaurant. How will you talk to customers? Pretend to take payment and say goodbye to customers.


Play Dough Creations

Pull out your play dough and create! Make your favorite food. Make your favorite animal. Can you create your kitchen or bedroom? Take a picture of your creation!


Play Outside!

If the weather permits, go outside and play on your swing set or kick a soccer ball around! There are lots of things you can do outside.


Dance Party

Have a dance party with your family! What’s your favorite song to dance to?


Flashlight Friday!

  1. Choose 3-4 books
  2. Find a dark spot to spot and stay there.
  3. Shine light on the book
  4. Read to self (whisper voice)
  5. If finished, re-read until the lights are turned on.

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