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This Saturday, I planned a FUN AND LEARN ACTIVITY with my 2 1/2 year old! We really enjoyed it and it was so easy to set up.
Two Activities/Games, Same Preparation: 1. LAND AND WATER 2. TWISTER
FOR LAND AND WATER ACTIVITY:
1. Use the alphabet foam sheets to make land and water patches. (You can use any other alphabet toys that can be stepped upon or simply draw on the floor / paper.) 2. Join them with extra foam tiles to make bridges if your toddler is very small. 3. Explain the concept of land, water and importance of bridges. 4. Tell them to go to land or water alternately. 5. Bonus learning – Sizes: Make land patches of different sizes and tell them to jump (walk if kids are still to learn jumping) to small, big, bigger and biggest land. 6. Over a period of time, increase the distance and encourage jumping without stepping on water.
FOR TWISTER FAMILY ACTIVITY:
Say aloud different letters and numbers and ask them to step on certain letters and place hands on others for a fun family activity. Just follow the concept of twister game (Google it if you are not aware of this).
Our toddler activity of the day was SHAPE FRIENDS. It is fun and useful for identifying and colouring shapes.
This was an impromptu activity as I sat to teach her the concept of “after” in numbers but she got bored after a while. So the shapes here are mostly doodles.
This was a revision of the shapes she knows, but this time she actually filled in / scribbled colours inside the shapes thus paying more attention to the number of edges, corners and angles of each shape.
I then went ahead with shading and then making some shape friends that she loved.
How to go about it:
1. Draw shapes with different crayons while explaining it all to the toddler. If your kid is big enough to draw shapes, then let the kid draw in colours and sizes of his/her choice.
2. Let them pick the same colour of the shape and fill the colours.
3. Then take the colours and show them how they can fill in the gaps.
4. Draw some caps and faces, and make #shape friends. Have lots of fun making stories with shape friends!
Our toddler activity of the week is the perfect idea for fun learning while focusing on: Fine motor skills + colour sorting + counting (maths) + balancing!
Toddlers get bored of playing with the same toys and doing the same activities. So the other day, I tried this idea and 26-month old Mishika enjoyed the activity a lot. It was a boon that the pipes of our construction toy almost perfectly fit on the Lego base plate! So I gave her a demo with two colours and she continued with the columns with much excitement.
The process involved colour sorting, counting, balancing the lego plate and arranging the pipes at the interval of two green points / pegs / dots each. The pipes are a bit loose on the base plate so they did fell at times and she managed to place them again. The best part was that she carefully lifted and balanced the entire creation
Give it a try and see if any of your other toys or blocks fit the lego base plate and this could create a lot of interesting game ideas! Pls let me know how did you like this innovation by us.
We made a bumblebee using toilet paper roll and tried an innovation for wings that really worked with the wings making a flapping sound under the fan.
We used a sticker plastic sheet that I had saved earlier after all the stickers in the sheet were used up! Yay! It came in so handy! Super recycling – after Mishika is done playing with the bee, it will become a pen stand.
1. Cover a toilet paper roll cardboard with yellow paper. 2. Make eyes and draw a smile. 3. Paste foam glitter paper / black paper strips or just draw black strips. 4. Draw wings using a permanent marker on a transparent thick sheet. You can also use plain white or yellow paper. Paste it on the back of the bumblebee. 5. To use it as a pen stand, simply make a base with some circular cardboard piece!
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