4 Simple Activities you can do with your Toddler @ Home










(This article is a continuation to the earlier article - More Engagement activities for your Toddler @ Home )


The 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 your toddler…


After 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.


Get 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.


Now, 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.


To 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.


Pairing 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.

We hope you enjoyed our series of articles on doing different activities with simple home accessories. Please post photographs and do write in to us.






More Engagement activities for your Toddler @ Home

      


(This article is a continuation to the earlier article - How to engage your toddler at home )


Spoons, container lids, clothes pins – how can you use these in an interesting way with your toddler. To find out, read on…


In 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 difficult tasks.


  1. You 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.

  1. Next 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.

  1. A 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.

  1. Lastly, 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.


We 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.