Week of the Young Child

Celebrating The Week of the Young Child


Click on the activity guides below for PDF versions of each guide and to access fun, interactive ways to celebrate each day of NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child at home or in your early learning programs.

Each activity guide also has underlined activities that link to additional resources. Check them out! Scroll to the bottom for other way to celebrate the week!

Music Mondays

Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn!

When children sing, dance, and listen to music, they develop their language and early literacy skills while being active and encouraging movement. Make up and record your own unique version of a song or write your own, and share it on Facebook, X, and Instagram using the #WOYC24 hashtag.

Tasty Tuesdays

Healthy eating and fitness at home and in school.

This fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and crackers. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. With the rise in childhood obesity, you can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom. Create your own healthy snacks and share the recipes and photos of your creations on Facebook, X, and Instagram using the #WOYC24 hashtag.


Work Together Wednesdays

Work together, build together, learn together

When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. Children can use any building material—from a fort of branches on the playground to a block city in the classroom, or a hideaway made from couch pillows at home. Build and share pictures of children’s creations on Facebook, X, and Instagram using the #WOYC24 hashtag.

Artsy Thursday

Think, problem solve, create!

Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday celebrate the joy and learning children experience when engaged in creative art making. Use any materials—from crayons to paint, clay to crafts! Create and share photos of your children’s creations on Facebook, X, and Instagram using the #WOYC24 hashtag.

Family Friday

Sharing Family Traditions

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. NAEYC applauds family members’ role as young children’s first and most important teachers. Share pictures and stories about your family on Facebook, X, and Instagram using the #WOYC24 hashtag.