It feels like toddlers are changing constantly and learning something new every second. Their brains are like sponges! As your little one grows you want to provide as many educational opportunities as possible. Keep in mind though, that at this age they learn through their play. Some toddler milestones your child will work on are: following two step directions, walking, running, talking, sorting shapes/colors, looking for hidden items, and much more. Try the following toddler activities to practice and master age appropriate development skills.
The saying is true, “Monkey see, monkey do.” Toddlers will watch you and then try it out. So with this toddler activity, start by showing how to put a hair elastic over a spoon’s handle. You probably have a wooden spoon at home, so all you need are small, colorful, elastic hairbands. You can find these at the dollar store or on amazon for under $5. With painters tape, adhere a spoon or potato masher to the floor. Then put different colored elastic bands down over the handle. Talk aloud to help develop language skills. Can your child follow a two step direction, “Find a blue elastic and put it on the handle.” If your child is verbal ask questions such as, “How many yellow elastics did you put on?”
This fun activity is made up of all cardboard from around your house. You will just need to purchase colorful pompoms. Save paper towel rolls, cut them to different sizes, and paint each one a different color of the rainbow. Tape them to the back of a cardboard box and fill it with rainbow colored pompoms. I cut a box to create a size that I liked (view the large image under the title). Send the green pompom down the green tube and watch as your child is delighted when it comes out the other end! Your child may not pair the correct color pompom with the matching colored tube in the beginning and that is okay; that’s why we provide these fun toddler activities! They are still working on learning their colors during toddlerhood. This activity also touches upon fine motor, cause and effect, hand-eye coordination, and more.
Block Shape Matching
Are you ready to work on shape sorting and matching? Remember this is a skill your toddler is working towards so they may not be successful at first. Have fun with it and role model with verbal cues. You will need a large piece of paper, 9×12 construction paper works well. Pick out a variety of different shaped blocks and trace them all over the piece of paper. If you think it will help your child find the match, color the traced block the same color as the tangible block. Then, set the blocks out around the paper and play a matching game. Suggest, “Can you find the rectangle block that matches this one?”
For more fun toddler activities displaying learning through play try another one of our featured activities! If you have a younger child at home try 6-12 month activities. Learn how to help your child reach more developmental milestones through our online course, Caring For Young Children: Early Childhood Milestones. If you need some help after school or with any remote learning, Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny is happy to help you find a find a Nanny Educator or Tutor.
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About The Author
Kelsey Dickson has over 15 years of experience working with children as a nanny, preschool teacher, and now a mother. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and works for Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny as the eLearning Manager. Check out our online childcare classes, such as Baby Sign Language and Sleep Coaching 101! In her free time she enjoys gardening with her son, going for walks with her husband and dog, and discovering local wineries in New England.