When my children were toddlers, their minds just ran wild. They were full of so many ideas and things that they wanted to do that I wanted to help promote their adventure for learning. Kids love to learn, and as their parent, you can help fuel their minds.
If you’d like to help your child learn, there are several learning activities that you can do. Your child will love learning new things, and the perk is that he or she gets some extra time with you. This article will detail a few learning items that your kids will love.
#1: Nature Hunt
One of my favorite learning activities for my children when they were toddlers was a nature hunt. I would pick an area in our hometown that had some natural aspects (we have a really neat large park by a river), and then I’d make a list of items to find while at the park. My kids would have their little “map” of items to find. As they checked each item off, we would talk about what the item was. For example, if there was a certain kind of bird or tree, we’d have a mini lesson about that. I found that my kids loved the aspect of a “hunt” to find items to cross off on their list, and the stuff they learned in their toddler years has stuck with them to this day.
#2: Alphabet Bugs
Alphabet Bugs is a fun game where you print out all the letters from the alphabet. You then cut them all part and tape them onto various parts of your body on top of your clothing. Then you ask your child to help you get all the Alphabet Bugs off, one at a time, and then stick them onto a nearby table. You can dance around as they take them off and sing in a singsong voice “Thanks for getting the B Bug off!” “Thanks for getting the K bug off!” and so on. At the end, have your child help put the alphabet in order and then together, sing the ABC song.
#3: Cross the River
Cross the River is a game that will help your child learn coordination. You will need heavy paper or thin cardboard, masking tape and scissors. Cut eight- to 10-inch circles and tape them to the floor, all in a row either straight or curved. Have your child or children pretend that they are stepping stones and that they are going across a river. To play the game, your toddler needs to walk on the circles and not “fall” into the river. You can have him or her step from one “stone” to another, take alternate steps, play stop and go, play follow the leader as you go across or play some music and walk across the circles at different speeds, depending on what speed the music is going.
#4: Paper Plate Number
A good way to exercise your child’s mind is by doing a matching learning activity. Your toddler will have to remember what item is where. To play the paper plate number game, you’ll need twenty plates. On one side of the plate write a number. Make two plates with the same number. Lay them all out on the table or floor so that the numbers can’t be seen. Have your child turn one plate over. Tell them to remember that number and then turn the plate back cover. Now have them do another plate. If they remember where the match is, the two plates are taken away. This continues until all the plates are gone.
“Alphabet Bugs Learning Activity,” Toddler Toddler.
“Cross the River,” Family Education.
“Paper Plate Numbers,” Family Education.