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5 + 1 Fun activities to build a strong foundation of skills

Bill Gates wrote, "The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out.”


HIPPY Halton offers a free program to make your first five years really count!

The 30-week program is based on children's literature with all the materials, activities, and tools provided to you by HIPPY Halton

The SMART Program is designed for children ages 18 months -2 years.

The HIPPY Program is designed for children ages 3-5 years.


Daily engaging activities that help your preschooler develop a solid set of skills


Colours are everywhere – help your child recognize colours by playing! A tried and true classic game of I spy is a great way to reinforce colour recognition and practice observation skills.

I spy with my little eye something that is green


Yesterday we used the classic game of ‘I Spy’ to strengthen colour recognition and today we want you to use the same technique to introduce or reinforce the sounds of letters!

Use the ‘I Spy’ game with words too! I spy with my little eye something beginning with B…


Let's work on independence!

Start by strengthening self-help abilities. When your 3-year-old learns to get dressed on their own, they'll feel confident and self-assured! N ow is a great time to practice using zippers, buttons, gloves, and boots in preparation for the upcoming cooler season.


3 more songs to develop memory, vocabulary, counting and listening skills. Have fun with these favourites number songs:

Five Little Ducks

Five green bottles

Five green and speckled frogs


Preschoolers learn how to differentiate between big, medium, and small as well as the terms bigger and smaller through measurement activities. Use your own measures or use a ruler to measure the size of toys, feet, plates, and books.

Extend your learning by making guesses or ‘predictions’ before measuring!


Did you know? Crafting improves counting, pattern recognition, and fine motor skills while teaching shapes and colours.

The Inspiration Edit has an adorable easy craft to upcycle your brown paper bags and scrap construction paper and felt from old crafting projects!


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