Celebrate Week of the Young Child™ 2020

Kacey the Quality Koala for Maryland EXCELS says to discover a fun activity to do each day during the Week of the Young ChildMaryland EXCELS and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC®) are celebrating the Week of the Young Child™ (WOYC), April 11 – 17, 2020. Kacey the Quality Koala will support families and child care and early education providers by sharing early learning activities each day during this weeklong celebration!

This year’s theme is “Step it Up.” Maryland EXCELS and Kacey want to help you celebrate by sharing daily activities that can be done as a family or in a child care program. Check this page or social media for fun activities!

The Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood understands that activities described on this page and in website links are not suitable for all ages. Ultimately, all activities require adult supervision and are not endorsed by the Maryland State Department of Education or Johns Hopkins University.

Music Monday

A young boy plays with a guitar he made at home with a cereal box and paper towel tube. He also shows instruments he made out of paper plates, tin cans, CDs, and plastic eggs.Create a band with your family or child care program! Brainstorm ideas for a fun name, make a list of your favorite songs, or write your own song. Make musical instruments with recycled materials around your house. Some ideas are CD cymbals, paper plate tambourines, cereal box guitars, maracas from plastic eggs, paper towel roll horns, and tin can drums.

Look at the materials you can use, ask your children questions about the materials they’re using to create their instrument, and encourage children to work on a new skill as they make their instruments. Let their creativity shine!

Visit these websites for more musical ideas: 


Tasty Tuesday

Have a picnic with stuffed animal friends! As a family, plan a special lunch or dinner that you can have inside or outside. Have your child select a few of their favorite stuffed animals and then make invitations for them. Make a list of items you’ll need, such as healthy food, a blanket, and a basket, and then have family members find everything around the house. Pack up the food, grab a blanket and your furry friends, and have your picnic!



Work Together Wednesday

A father watches his two young children as they wash their hands. The Centers for Disease Control encourages everyone to wash their hands and to teach kids to do the same. The CDC's slogan is Life is Better with Clean Hands. Visit www-dot-cdc-dot-gov-forward slash-handwashing.Work together to teach your children what germs are and why it’s especially important to wash your hands. Check out these helpful resources, including videos, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html



Artsy Thursday

A scrapbook made from brown paper bags and tied together with yarn.Capture meaningful memories at home by making a scrapbook. You can use brown paper lunch or shopping bags and blank sheets of paper. Start by folding the paper bag in half. Use as many paper bags as necessary so that each family member has one or two pages. Then cut pieces of white paper to fit on each page and attach using glue sticks or tape. Each person can draw, paint, or color pictures and write stories about fun times you’ve had as a family.



Family Friday

Can bubbles bounce? This bouncing bubbles recipe will allow your child to use hand-eye coordination to blow, bounce, and balance bubbles on their hands using winter gloves. Ask your child why they think the bubbles are not popping.A young girl wearing a glove shows how to gently hold a bubble without popping it.


  •       4 Tbsp water
  •       2 Tbsp sugar
  •       1 Tbsp concentrated dish soap
  •       Winter gloves
  •       Bubble wand

Mix all of the ingredients together until the sugar is dissolved. Have fun blowing and bouncing bubbles!

Share your activities on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram using the hashtags #MarylandEXCELS and #woyc20

Visit NAEYC to learn more about the theme and other activities for the weeklong celebration!