We all want is best for our children, in every aspect of their lives. We want them to have the best nutrition, gain wonderful memories, and of course, have the best development educationally to help prepare them for the years ahead. You may be running out of ideas, or even just not quite sure what to do to help you, toddler, academically and developmentally. That is why we are here. We have come up with the top 5 best educational activities for your toddler to help them learn and grow, and thrive in their environment.
1. Use The Holiday To Your Advantage:
Because the holiday season is officially upon us this year, it can be your greatest opportunity to gift your child with books and learning tools to help them begin to look at things they will learn once they begin preschool. Educational number and alphabet books, activity books that use dry erase or other utensils, or even educational videos can be a great gift under the tree to get your toddler excited and ready to learn.
2. Look At The Weather With The Window:
It may seem like a small thing for your children to begin grasping, but the weather is an important thing for your child to learn and comprehend in the long run. You can take advantage of your window by showing them the weather that is outside. When you ask them what the weather is, use different weather themed window stickers to help your kids tell you what the weather is like. They will pick up on the weather and all aspects of it in no time at all.
3. Learning To Count and Recognize Shapes In The Kitchen:
The kitchen in your home is one of the most excellent places for your child to learn a multitude of things, including shapes. You are bound to have pots, pans, and other dishes in your cupboards that are all different shapes and sizes. It can be so easy to create a learning game by quizzing your child on the various shapes that they can find in the kitchen. If you are wanting a little guidance with the different shapes, you can always create a printout with different shapes on the paper for your child to follow and look at while you are playing. The same aspect can be applied with counting. Whether you use your kitchen utensils, napkins, or other small items in your kitchen, you can easily teach your toddler to count and get a handle on their numbers in no time.
4. The Social Experience:
One of the most important things that your toddler will eventually need to start learning and applying is the interactions with other children. This includes the ideas of sharing, cooperating, and having that basic social time with others their own age. This doesn’t mean you have to schedule play dates by any means; This can be achieved through walks and playtime in the park, taking them to the grocery store or other similar settings, et cetera.
5. Paint With All The Colors:
By the age of 2 or 3, it is an excellent time to begin introducing all of these concepts to your toddler, along with colors as well. The best way to begin learning these colors with your child is by getting them immersed in its hands on. This can be achieved by coloring with paints, crayons, or other utensils and colors. If you don’t want such a “messy” approach to learning colors, you can always find toys or little items that can be arranged and help to teach colors; For example, sorting or grouping candies into the same color groups before they get to snack on them, et cetera.
There are, of course, so many different ways for your toddler to begin their learning and independent development. You as a parent can provide the necessary tools and skills they will need to begin learning in order to thrive, and at the same time, you can add a little fun to the mix to make it an entertaining experience for them as well. Just remember that learning and developing these skills will take some time, and patience is key to helping them achieve the goals they need.
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