How can I use these activities with my child?
These activities are meant to be done anytime, anywhere with your child. When you are planning your day with your child, think of a time when you can do one or two activities. Start by doing an activity your child will enjoy. If your child likes to read, start with the Read Together activities. If your child is interested in playing, look at the Play Together activities. These cards can be taken in diaper bags, handbags, and backpacks. You can take them to the grocery store, on a bus or in a car, and out and about to places like the park or a playground.
How many cards should I use each day?
Start by picking one activity card to do with your child. Choose a time of day when your child is well-rested, alert, and open to playing and learning. Read over the card first and make sure you have the space and time to do the activity. Some activities can take more time. Others can be done quickly and returned to throughout the day. If your child enjoys doing an activity from one section, try another activity from a different section. Make a goal to do one activity from each section (Read Together, Play Together, Count Together, Connect Together, and Move Together) throughout your week. There is no wrong way to use these cards!
What should I do if my child doesn’t want to do an activity?
Your child may have an activity they do not want to do, and that is okay! If your child is not interested in an activity, follow their lead. Switch to doing something they do enjoy—like playing, moving, or creating. Try another activity later that day, or the next day.
What should I do if the activity is too easy for my child?
If you find your child is moving through an activity quickly and does not seem to be challenged, take a look at the “Extend the Learning” part of the activity. You can also choose to do a new activity in the same section if your child finds one activity too easy.
What should I do if the activity is too hard for my child?
Children develop at different rates. Some activities may be difficult for your child right now, but do not worry! You can take a look at the “Make It Easier” section of the card. Try following those modifications with your child to see how they enjoy the activity. Remember, the goal of these activities is for you to connect with your child and help them learn in a playful and meaningful way. If your child finds an activity too easy or too difficult, but is still smiling and interacting with you, you can keep doing the activity!
How do I know that these activities are connected to school readiness?
These activities were designed in partnership with the National Center for Families Learning and the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood. They are based on practical, relevant research on child development and growth. You can find more information about these organizations by visiting