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Learning While Playing

Here you will find:

Table Toys

  • make up games that involve sorting by color and shape. At this age they enjoy toys that require being arranged in a particular order.

    Music and Dancing

  • tapes, CD's, and simple musical instruments are great fun!!
  • try homemade instruments like pots and pans.
  • encourage them to sing songs and accompany it with dancing, clapping, hopping etc.
  • these activities provide a wonderful outlet for their energy and teach them different ways of expression and promotes language development as well as balance and rythym.

    Imaginative Play

  • provide old clothes like dresses, jackets, ties, hats and purses.
  • Try adding props like dolls, play money, plastic dishes etc.
  • turn old shoe boxes, cardboard boxes and baskets into "pretend" furniture. It can furnish an imaginary house, store, hospital, name it!!
  • Imaginative play allows them to act out real-life situations and mimic the adult world. They practice talking and socializing. It gives them an outlet for their emotions and for working out problems.

    Arts and Crafts

  • children can use tables, easles, or the floor as a work space.
  • provide an old shirt or an apron to protect clothing. I use an old shirt with buttons and put it on backwards. It works great.
  • try things like large handled brushes, sponges, finger paints, crayons, pastels, pencils, markers, playdough, glue, and paste, cut out pictures from magazines, pasta (with supervision)
  • arts and crafts are a great way for children to express themselves as well as discover new materials.

    Science and Nature

  • let your toddler prepare meals with you. They can wash vegetables and things like that.
  • give them magnets to play with.
  • collect feathers, leaves and stones together.
  • plant some seeds and watch them grow.
  • put up a bird feeder.
  • these activities improve their observation skills, give them responsibility for something, and help them learn to count and sort objects into groups.

    Books and Stories

  • keep books displayed on a shelf so that they can make their own selections
  • Read, Read, and Read to your child
  • try using a puppet as a prop
  • reading improves vocabulary, gives them new ways to express themselves introduces them to new situations and can prepare them for upcoming events, ie., visit to the doctor, new baby.

    Water Play

  • children can play water games indoors or out
  • put a SMALL amount of water in plastic bins, old baby tubs, the kitchen sink, or the bathtub
  • add small toys and utensil, containers for pouring, funnels, put soap in the water and make bubbles, give a doll a bath
  • find things that float and things that don't
  • ALWAYS supervise children playing around water

    Craft Recipes for Toddlers
    Useful Tips
    Activities to do with your Toddler
    My favorite child related links
    Our Family
    Web Rings
    Quinton's Room
    My Awards
    An Easter Party just for Toddlers