(This article is a continuation to the earlier article - More
Engagement activities for your Toddler @ Home )
toddler brain is as busy as a buzzing bee…always on the lookout to
do something new. Here are some more activities that you can do with
developing some reasonable control over their hand movements and
coordination skills, by performing the tasks illustrated in my
previous articles, we will now focus on following simple directions,
sorting pairing etc.
a rug or at mat ready with a colored tape stuck in the centre.
Demonstrate to the child that he has to sit on the tape. Slowly, this
will develop a sense of following directions, listening and the
ability to sit on a line. A very simple yet effective activity.
next is to sort two different types of things- like small cars and
small plastic animals. These should be familiar to the child. You can
start by asking the baby to name a few animals and the colors of the
cars. Then show him how to sort them in two different baskets. An
interesting challenge which you can scale-up and make it more
difficult (farm and wild animals) as the child’s abilities grow.
teach the concept of color, put 2 black and 2 white shirts in a
laundry bag. Point to each one and tell, this is black…this is
white. Now ask for the child’s help in sorting the shirts. Sort and
keep them together according to color.
is a great skill which toddler’s love to learn. Take a pair of 2
items, like crayons and ribbons. Take out one ribbon , place on tray.
Then take out 1 ribbon and place on tray. Ask the child, ‘can you
find me another crayon ? ; can you find me another ribbon ?’ Let
the child place them near each one. Such matching exercises help in
the development of reasoning skills as well as concept formation.
hope you enjoyed our series of articles on doing different activities
with simple home accessories. Please post photographs and do write in
article is a continuation to the earlier article - How
to engage your toddler at home )
container lids, clothes pins – how can you use these in an
interesting way with your toddler. To find out, read on…
my previous article, we worked with strengthening the hand-eye
coordination of the child – starting with transferring walnuts,
moving onto beans and finally pouring. Now, once the baby is able to
perform these activities easily, we can move onto slightly more
can teach the child to mop up spilt water using a sponge. The child
learns to press the sponge to mop up the water, and then
squeeze to release it. This is a great activity for
strengthening the hand muscles. And since water play is something
that all children enjoy, I am sure your toddler would love to do it.
up, take two containers that have press-down lids. Display how to
fit the lids onto the containers, and press down to close. Then open
them, and let the child try. Once the child understands how to push
the lid onto the correct container, then you can teach him to pull
the lid off as well. This will help in the development of his mind
apart from teaching him coordination and muscle strengthening.
simple yet very important activity is to teach a child how to use a
spoon. So take two bowls containing 6-8 pieces of beans and one
short-handled spoon. Demonstrate how to hold a spoon and use it to
transfer the beans from one side to the other.
take 3 clothes pins and a plastic basket. Show the child how to
open and close a clothes pin and clip it onto the basket. But, also
tell him that you will not put a finger inside the clothes pin as it
will hurt you. A great activity for development of the pincer grip.
are sure you will enjoy doing these tasks with your child and it will
be a learning experience for both of you. Please post photographs and
do write in to us. In our next article, we will work with still more
home items in an interesting and innovative way.