Place only a few toys out on the floor – it is best to limit the amount of toys that you let your toddler play with, make sure to keep other toys out of sight and out of reach to prevent your toddler from pulling them down and throwing them every place.
Giving your child a few toys to play with at a time, gets your toddler used to the concept of neatness, and when it is time to put the toys away, your toddler might be able to do it because of the small amount of toys.
Do fun things together as a family, such as playing games, reading, and going to events in your community.
Spread your activities and events over several days and weeks. Toddlers learn best in small amounts and through repetition.
Give each child a list of items to watch for while driving. The list can be made up ahead of time and adjusted for the scenery.
Toddlers get bored of seeing the same old toys every morning. Stash a group of toys in a closet, attic, or basement so that every eight weeks or so, you can replace the been-there-done-that toys with some “new” toys, toys from your very own store.
Teach your children to enjoy Valentine’s Day by focusing on frugal activities instead of getting caught up in consumerism.
Activities such as baking instead of buying, and focusing on free entertainment can make the day fun and unique.
Focus on play and process, not productivity. When kids do art to solicit positive comments from adults, sometimes they can’t wait to finish another picture.
Take a blindfolded taste test with you kids and sample some favorite foods. Then the table turn and mom and dad to take the test.
Teach your child simple songs like Itsy Bitsy Spider, or other cultural childhood rhymes.
Look for ice outside. Touch the ice and feel how it is cold. Hold some in your hand so your toddler can see it melt. Talk about how the cold turns water into ice.
Play in the snow if your toddler likes it. Make snowballs and see how far you can throw them. Make a snowman and dress him. Make snow angels.
Try as much as possible to include your toddlers in holiday activities. At this age they like to “help”, and if you include them in what you are doing it often reduces the possibility of temper tantrums.
The holidays are a great time to introduce new DVD’s and CD’s to your toddlers. Yes, Elmo has a decent Christmas DVD. It’s a nice change to the other two Elmo movies they watch every day.
Ask your child to help you set the Thanksgiving table, showing you value his help. This will help to build his confidence and self-esteem.
A popular craft that offers Thanksgiving fun for toddlers is the stenciled hand turkey! Simply trace his or hand on a piece of white or colored paper, and allow your child to color it. You can make a mobile, with dangling turkeys that each have an “I’m thankful for…” message.
When preparing for Thanksgiving allow your child to help measure, mash, bake and cook some of the dinner dishes with you. This will help your child develop math and manipulating skills, as well as the knowledge of temperatures.
Remember the rule of three: your child can only really hold one thing in each hand; so will be more willing to share the third with others.
When planning a toddler party, invite family and the kids your toddler plays with regularly (four or five is plenty). An hour and a half is enough time to play, have a snack, sing, and eat cake.
Go for a nature walk – Educational yet lots of fun. Your toddler will love exploring and collecting different treasures to bring home.
Encourage your children to join in while you read. Pause to let them fill in a rhyming word or repeating line: “I’ll huff and I’ll puff . . .”