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Welcome to the eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care database of hands-on activities. Here you will find hundreds of hands-on, ready-to-do activities especially designed to help young children of different ages learn, develop, and flourish. The activities are designed for child care providers, parents, grandparents, and anyone else who works with children.

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PVC Sculptures

What to do: Inexpensive PVC pipe cut to various lengths and an assortment of fittings, such as T’s and end caps will keep a preschooler busy creating structures and games.

Milk Carton Puppet

What to do: An empty clean milk carton can be transformed into a colorful puppet or mobile for young children. 1. Collect several milk cartons. 2. Rinse and dry them completely. Cut the bottom off. 3. Coat the carton with rubber cement, and allow to dry. 4. Apply rubber cement to the back of the paper, and allow to dry. 5. Wrap the paper
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Musical Hide and Seek

What to do: 1. Wind up a small music box or turn on a pocket radio and hide it just out of sight of a toddler. 2. Go with the child on an expedition, and see if the two of you can find where the sound is coming from. 3. You could also do this with a CD player or alarm clock.