Age Appropriate Activities

Listed by age group: 3 - 6 Months:
  • Cradle, gym, squeeze, playpen toys
  • Use a mirror and ask the baby "Who's that?"
  • Imitation games
  • Sounds of music
  • Change in voice
  • Bath time
6 - 18 Months:
  • Games of drop and throw
  • Bounce chair
  • Nesting toys
  • Games:  Peek-a-Boo, Hide and Seek
  • Feeding fun (easy to eat finger food)
  • Water play (use wash cloth puppets, sponges of different shapes and colors, bubbles to blow)
  • Bath time play (floating toys, sponges, washcloth puppets)
  • Kitchen play
Ages 18 Months-4
  • Experiment with clay and color
  • Paints and do handprints
  • Play with water and forms
  • Wiggle
  • Play follow the leader
  • Dance
  • Play hide-and-seek.
  • Let the child "help" -- at the store, preparing dinner.
Ages 5-7
  • Bake and frost cut out cookies
  • Fly a kite on a windy day
  • Go on a walk and collect interesting rocks, leaves or other items
  • Feed the ducks at the park
  • Make a present for someone special
  • Play UNO, Crazy 8s, or Old Maid
  • Play badminton or croquet
  • Go for a walk and find interesting places to practice "balancing"
  • Have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich picnic
  • Visit a pet store and decide which is the oddest pet
  • Cloud watch on a bright summer day
Ages 8-10
  • Start a scrapbook with a page for pictures of favorite things
  • Go on a camera scavenger hunt to find odd objects to photograph
  • Make greeting, get well, or holiday cards for special people
  • Make a bug cage and catch lightning bugs together
  • Visit the zoo at feeding time
  • Read a selected book out loud and tape record it
  • Play miniature golf or go bowling
  • Play Monopoly, Life, Sorry, or hangman
  • Go on a field trip to the museum - focus on one exhibit and discuss it
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Make a lemonade or a hot cocoa stand - learn basic business principles
  • Got to the library together
  • Participate in seasonal activities - go apple picking, carve a pumpkin, make a snowman, go puddle jumping, paint Easter eggs
Ages 11-13
  • Watch a TV program and identify negative stereotypes
  • Look up your state on the Internet: what is the major industry?
  • Build and paint a bird house - watch for occupants
  • Rent rollerblades and learn to skate, safely
  • Make a list of people you admire - look them upon the Internet
  • Take a long ride on public transportation to the end of the line
  • Visit the SPCA and offer to walk the dogs
  • Mow the lawn or wash the car together
  • Play computer and video games together
  • Participate in a community service activity to show your Little the importance of giving back
  • Plan or plant a garden or visit a community garden and offer to help
Ages 14-16
  • Research what happened on the day and year each of you was born
  • Figure out how to program your VCR
  • Visit the fish market, meat market or other place where food is not prepackaged
  • Check out the classified advertisements and discuss what each job requires in terms of education and experience
  • Go out for dinner at an ethnic restaurant - who else is eating there? What is your favorite dish?
  • Explore a new radio station together - discuss ads and target audience
  • Plan and shop for ingredients to cook dinner together
  • Go to a concert featuring a favorite performer
  • Try mastering something difficult: juggling, cooking a soufflé, water color painting
  • Watch a professional or semi-professional sporting event
  • Talk about what's in today's newspaper
  • Buy ten shares of stock in an inexpensive company the child will recognize and watch it make or lose money
Adolescents and Teens
For teens, listen carefully to what they tell you about their interests, and let them suggest activities.  An adolescent may want to share his/her favorite music with you, or create a collage of photographs of friends.  A teen may want to show you his/her skateboarding skills, or his/her expertise with a certain computer program.  Let the teen take the lead, so long as the activity is appropriate and permitted by the parent or caregiver.

 

Funding for this program provided by the Department of Health and Human Services