Tips and Tidbits

Experimenting with color mixing

Although understanding color properties might seem like it’s just about knowing how to make one color from two different colors, experiments with color properties are actually some of children’s first explorations of generating and testing hypotheses. Developing a knowledge of color properties involves comparing and contrasting colors, making connections between past experiences and present stimuli, […]

Right on the button: Understanding cardinality

Want a quick and easy way to determine how well your child understands cardinality? (Cardinality refers to the number of items in a set and is fundamental to basic math operations like addition and subtraction!) All you need is a table, a small towel or napkin, and at least ten small items, such as buttons. […]

From tinkering to planning: Building executive functions

Building sets that encourage free play, like Tinkertoy® pieces, are great tools for helping your child develop planning and sequencing skills, which are fundamental to completing daily tasks and solving complex problems. Research shows that early childhood is a critical time for developing these skills. Try this fun building activity to support your child’s growth! […]

Pantry playtime for better spatial reasoning

We’ve talked about the advantages of engaging preschoolers in chores, including how it helps them develop greater autonomy and competence, but this week’s activity from a preschool teacher on Kidaptive’s Learning Team adds yet another benefit! By engaging your preschooler in a fun game of “pantry Tetris®”, in which you tidy up the food pantry […]