Early Childhood Activities and Resources

Renowned faculty from the online Early Care and Education for a Mobile Society (ECEMS) bachelor's degree completion program have put together activity plans for early childhood classrooms and parents of young children.

Header Activity Plans Webpage

To download the resources and activities on this page, simply click on the title of the activity, answer a few questions about yourself, and then you'll be taken to a page with the download. Once you've answered the questions, you'll be able to download all of the activities (you won't need to complete the form for each download). Visit this page often as new ideas will be added regularly.

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Activities to Teach Toddlers & Preschoolers to be Safe While Outside (PDF)

Activities to Teach Toddlers & Preschoolers to be Safe While Outside

Learn about activities that encourage young children to love nature and the special items found in it while also teaching them to respect nature and living creatures. You’ll also find games for keeping outside safe.

Activities for Children's Books: Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Photo of the book cover titled Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

This activity plan uses the book Leaf Man by award-winning author Lois Ehlert to explore leaves and other natural materials through engaging activities that integrate multiple learning domains. 

Activities for Children's Books: Last Stop on Market Street (PDF)

A drawing of a city scape with a street lamp.

Use Matt de la Pena's award-winning children's book titled Last Stop on Market Street to help children learn about the world around them. Choose from literacy and social studies activities, as well as a variety of follow-up activities.

Activities for Children's Books: Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni (PDF)

Book cover of Leo Lionni's book Inch by Inch

Use Leo Lionni's award-winning children's book Inch by Inch to support learning in early literacy, math, and science.

Strategies for Establishing Routines and Transitions with Preschool-Aged Children (PDF)

Cartoon drawing of a girl and boy smiling from a teeter totter

Whether it's school drop-off or getting ready for bed, children sometimes struggle to move from one activity to another. Learn strategies to make transitions between daily routines fun for children.