Activities by Age

Play at any age seems like it should be simple. However, parents are sometimes surprised to learn that children are supposed to start learning complex skills at an early age. Parents sometimes delay activities to protect them, and sometimes they just don’t realize the importance. Child learn through play, and the simplest activities can be the biggest opportunities for growth. This section lets you know what activities are age appropriate in the various stages of development so playtime can be learning time as well.


Babies are just supposed to sleep and eat, right? Wrong! Babies are learning new things every day with your help. In the first year, babies are slowly letting go of the reflexes they are born with to help them through the birthing process. These reflexes start to melt away and allow for more controlled and voluntary movements. So instead of your baby holding onto to your finger just because you put it in her hand, she will learn to grab onto it because she wants it close. Infants are described as being in an oral stage in which they are mainly stimulated through the mouth. Click on the link below for a list of things to do with your baby to foster his or her growth.


Toddlers have lots of energy and personality. They don’t call them the Terrible Twos for nothing. Did we say, terrible? We meant, terrific twos! Toddlers are so fun to play with because have more skills so you can play in many new and exciting ways. Toddlers are able to activate, open, and observe more and more each day. This stage is also known for its conflict with the establishment of toilet-training practices. Click on the link below for a list of things to do with your toddler to succeed in finding the independence they seek.


The preschool years are a time where children become more aware of their bodies and identifying their gender and gender roles. This understanding allows for more pretend play and increased skill with coordination of the large body muscles as well as the small muscles of the hand. You will see function improve and independence in self-care skills with flourish as children will learn to dress and feed themselves with little help required. Click on the link below for a list of activities for preschoolers getting ready to go to school.

Younger School-Age Children

The early school years are typically fun and exciting for children. Children develop a sense of self and self-confidence as they master skills like writing their name, learning to read, and tying their own shoelaces. Young school-age children also become aware of their strength and level of endurance. In addition, they develop a sense of right from wrong and process and understand through rules and common practices. They have many emotions and need reassurance and emotional support on a regular basis. Click on the link below for a list of activities for younger school-age children.

Older School-Age Children

Older school-age children begin to put a lot of attention and effort in their peer relationships, hobbies, and other interests. They also voice their opinions and participate in social interactions more frequently particularly with the same sex group. Older children have greatly improved their motor skills but intellectually process things in black and white concepts. They also tend to show their independence more in adult interactions by either looking for approval or becoming disobedient. Click on the link for a list of learning activities for older school-age children.

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