Raining out? Many popular and upscale malls these days have installed toddler play areas full of soft-padded objects great for climbing.
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Take vanilla pudding, separate it into a few different cups, add different food coloring to each cup. Then give tot a cookie sheet at the table with the cups of pudding in front of them for finger painting.
Make a Beach at home activity: Fill a wide, rectangular container with sand or rice. Give your toddler little cups spoons, cars, and trucks to play with.
Place a piece of paper in the bottom of a box. Put 2 marbles in a container of paint. Have your toddler scoop the marbles out of the paint and drop them into the box. When your toddler moves the box around, the marbles paint a very artistic painting!
60% of little people aged six months to two years (as well as 1 in 10 babies under 6 months) were found to play with devices around the home like laptops, computers, phones and tablets.
Build on your child’s strength by encouraging him or her to play with a challenging toy.
Make sock puppets. No need to make this an elaborate craft project. Simply put a sock over your hand and pretend to talk to your toddler. Encourage your toddler to talk back!
Shortly after your child’s first birthday cake, he will most likely show an interest for ball play. Initially, he will throw the ball around, waiting for someone else to pick it up and give it to them or picking it up on their own.
Gardening can be real fun with toddlers and preschoolers. It allows them to get messy, play with mud and water and finally, see something they’ve planted blossom and grow.
Start easy. Check with the local nursery for plants that are easy to grow and maintain.
How many things can you do with your Toddler using Cherrios? Some activities include counting, stringing them together and combine them with M&Ms for a treat.
Schedule at least 60 minutes daily for active free play. Toddlers need more than an hour of unstructured physical play in a safe place every day.
Playing outdoors gives child the opportunity to experience the natural world. Make it a habit to go for a walk, talk about things you see on your way – birds, trees, leaves, sky and other kids playing in the park.
Cut an orange in half and then show your toddler how to squeeze the juice from the fruit. After your toddler is done twisting back and forth, pour the juice in its cup.
Going on a trip? Fill up the iPhone or iPod with family photos and videos. Toddlers love going through the family digital photo archive.
Take your toddler for a field trip to identify things around him. Try to recognize tracks in the snow, collect pine cones, look for the little animals.
A reinforcing activity for Christmas colors can come by playing with red and green playdoh. Make it with Kool-Aid or add a few drops of peppermint extract and stimulate your toddler’s sense of smell.
Take broken or worn-down crayons and some muffin tins in a 170-degree oven.
When it’s chilly outside, blow bubbles outside and watch them freeze. Pop, them look at them and talk about them.
Fall down on the snow, spread your hands beside you and move them up and down on your side. Carefully rise and you will find a great imprint of you which look like an angel.
Many preschools focus on different activities in structured time periods: Art projects, indoor play, outdoor play, etc. Adding structured activities at home prior to the start of school helps prepare your child.