Are you looking for fun and easy learning activities for your toddler?
Let me share some ideas that worked for me and my two-year-old son, Leon. I got some of these ideas from my studies in early childhood literacy as well as ABC Home Preschool .
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1. Alphabet Knowledge (Reading)
a. Teach your child the alphabet song.
b. Have your child repeat the alphabet.
c. Let your child recite the alphabet by himself/ herself.
d. Use wooden letters/ felt letters/ other tactile materials to help your child identify the letters.
2. Counting Objects (Math)
Use toys such as wooden blocks, Legos/ Megabloks, stuffed animals/ dolls, toy figures, balls, and cars. Line them all up and model how to count. Practice doing this together. Later on, your child will be able to count on his/ her own. You can count in more than one language if your child is bilingual or multilingual.
3. Asking Questions (Science)
ABC Home Preschool shares this example on their website:
- Ask questions about the things you see around you.
Do you know what “wind” is?
Can you see the wind?
Can you feel the wind?
How do you know it’s a windy day?
- Let your child tell you everything he/ she knows about the wind.
- Tell him/ her that wind is simply moving air.
- Take him/ her to your yard/ nearby park and have him/her feel the wind. (Or for an indoor activity, use an electric fan within a safe distance, or a handheld fan.)
- Bring out items that blow in the wind (ex. ribbons, scarves, streamers).
- Ask questions like “what do you see when the wind blows on the ribbon?”.
4. Modes of Transportation (Social Studies)
- Bring out some toy cars, trucks, airplanes, boats, etc.
- Name each item, or if your child already knows what it is, ask your child to name the vehicle.
- Talk about each vehicle (what it is for, what it does, etc.).
- Ask fun questions (ex. Which vehicle can our family use on land?).
5. Story-telling (Reading and Language)
Read to your child every day. Children benefit immensely from early exposure to literacy. When you read to your child, you model how to use language. This is also one of the best ways to bond with your child. Ask a few questions before, during, and after reading.
Choose books that are short and fun to read. I let my toddlers hold board books that are sturdy. Cloth books, such as the ones by Dr. Seuss, are also great for little readers. (Leon’s current favorite English books are Llama Llama Red Pajama, Good Night Moon, Little Pea, Good Night Dinosaur, and Pat The Bunny. His favorite books in Filipino are part of the Adarna Board Book Set: Haluhalo and My Kuya and I. He also likes Italian board books such as Con Un Ditino by Gabriele Lima.)
Looking For More Pre-school Homeschool resources?
You might want to check out these other pre-school homeschool resources at ABC Home Preschool!
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What learning activities do you do with your little ones? I would love to read your ideas in the comments section.
Carmela Granada is a professional teacher with 11 years of combined experience in the Philippines and the United States. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Early Grades and a Graduate Diploma in Language and Literacy Education. She is currently a work-at-home mom and blogger at Bellissimamma.it