These activities promote healthy food choices.


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First Bank Volunteer Read Aloud Stories


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Hybrid Learning / Ver en Español

Welcome to Illinois Action for Children’s Early Learning Programs hybrid and at-home learning activities page! Each week, our teachers and coaches create engaging activities for your to do at home with your child. Please check back every week for new activities and be sure to follow Illinois Action for Children on social media and check out these resources for even more ways to build and practice important skills at home with your child.

Daily Home Schedules

Schedules and routines are important for children because it makes them feel more confident and secure when their daily activities are predictable and familiar. A consistent daily schedule and step-by-step routines give children a predictable day. Schedules and routines in the classroom setting and at home help children:

  • Feel in control of their environment
  • Feel safe, secure, and comfortable
  • Know what is happening now and what comes next
  • Know how to do an activity or task
  • Engage in learning

These schedules are to support you and guide your day.  Please feel free to make adjustments to fit your family schedule and/or daily routines .

Keep in mind:

  • • Review the schedule every morning and throughout the day with your child, it helps them know what is going to happen next.
  • • Keep the routine and schedule as similar as possible each day.
  • • Be flexible. You can say something like, "Plans change, things happen”, but give your child a warning ahead of time if things are going to be different. Let them know what is going to happen.
  • • Refer to the schedule before and after activities throughout the day. 
  • • Model the steps and allow children to practice them.
  • • Provide positive, descriptive feedback when children both attempt to follow or succeed in following the routine.






Discover more engaging activities and videos to do with your child on the ReadyRosie app!

Food Experiences


Zucchini Pizza Bites

Before the pandemic, the teachers provided Food Experiences for the children in their classroom twice a month.  We will now bring these activities on-line for you and your children to enjoy. These activities promote healthy food choices and benefit children in the following areas:

  • Social-Emotional Development: Hands on cooking activities help children develop confidence, follow directions and develop problem-solving skills.
  • Physical Development: Fine motor and eye-hand coordination skills develop when chopping, mixing, squeezing, and spreading.
  • Cognitive Development: Cooking encourages children’s critical-thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and creativity. It also allows children the opportunity to apply their existing knowledge to counting, measuring, following a sequence, and following directions. It allows them to witness cause and effect, leading to deeper understanding of how they may interact with the world.
  • Language Development: Cooking offers the opportunity to develop language by linking it to all other areas, including Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Arts, and Literacy. This is done by encouraging children to talk about what they are doing, counting, and watching as materials change color, texture, and medium.

We hope you enjoy this activity. Don’t forget to send your teacher pictures and/or videos!

Previous Food Experiences

Little Piggy Bagel Bites Activity
Little Piggy Bagel Bites Video
Very Berry Yummy Bars
Very Berry Yummy Bars Video
Banana Palm Tree
Banana Palm Tree Video

Fruit Stop Light
Fruit Stop Light Video


You child’s teacher has prepared several fun and educational activities, read alouds, and sing alongs for you and your child to do together! Check back each week for new activities and also find more activities on the other sites.

Once your child has completed any activity, we encourage you to share it with their teacher. You can upload pictures and videos to show your child’s teacher the learning fun you are having together. Or, if you created your own activity that you think others will enjoy, feel free to share that with us too.

Upload Your Child's Activities

Illinois Action for Children does not maintain the copy rights to the songs, stories, and activities posted here. These materials are provided for educational purposes only.

Ages 0-3 Activities

Hybrid Home Visiting Activities

  Volunteer Read Aloud Stories

Thank you to First Midwest Bank’s leadership and employees for selecting Illinois Action for Children as one of the beneficiaries of their Week of Service.

Please enjoy these wonderful stories and feel free to share them with your family and friends!

To provide feedback or a special thank you to the volunteers, email your message to developmentoffice@actforchildren.org and put FMB Stories on the subject line.

Biscuit Goes to School

Bedtime for Mommy

All Better!

A Great Day for Up

A Cat in a Coat

Our Love Grows

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