Inventing songs with toddlers

Inventing songs with toddlers

Posted by: on Mar 24, 2016 | 4 Comments

Singing songs is a great way to boost toddler language skills because it engages little children in a fun interaction and encourages them to listen out for and enjoy the sounds of words. Inventing new songs extends this. It helps fill your toddler’s day with words, and makes songs directly relevant to their experience. The language-learning potential from that is huge! This post gives quick tips for inventing songs your little one will love.

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 5. Play Sounds

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 5. Play Sounds

Posted by: on Mar 20, 2016 | One Comment

Before a baby says her first words, she will learn to use sounds in communication and to make particular noises on purpose. A great way to encourage this process is to introduce fun noises to your little one’s play. It may seem trivial, but in fact learning to imitate playful sounds is a big step towards learning to talk. This post is all about encouraging your baby or toddler to get noisy and verbal in play with easy to imitate sounds.

Flour tray: Simple sensory play for toddlers

Flour tray: Simple sensory play for toddlers

Posted by: on Mar 16, 2016 | 6 Comments

All you need to do this activity is a tray and a few spoonfuls of flour: it’s that simple. For a toddler, it’s a chance to explore the sense of touch, experiment and, of course, talk. I set this activity up after naptime expecting a few minutes of curious play, but my two-year-old was still playing with it an hour later!

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 4. Following instructions

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 4. Following instructions

Posted by: on Mar 15, 2016 | No Comments

When a little one begins to follow instructions this is a moment worth celebrating! Not only might they be able to help out with simple tasks, they are also showing us that they understand words. Whether a toddler follows commands is a crucially important indicator of their early language skills. Today’s post talks about this milestone, and how to help toddlers understand and carry out simple instructions.

Bird’s nest sensory activity

Bird’s nest sensory activity

Posted by: on Mar 14, 2016 | 3 Comments

Today the bright spring weather took us outside and we collected materials for a simple nature sensory activity: building birds’ nests. This activity was inspired by the beautiful photos shared on The Imagination Tree Facebook page.

 

Help your toddler learn with puzzles

Help your toddler learn with puzzles

Posted by: on Mar 10, 2016 | No Comments

We play with puzzles every day and I’m a big fan of these toys for developing fine motor skills, spatial understanding, and language skills. My preschooler now enjoys doing his puzzles independently, but my toddler still prefers guidance and encouragement. They get lots of praise for completing puzzles, so I guess this motivates them! Today I’m sharing ideas for playing with puzzles with babies through to preschoolers.

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 3. Signs

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 3. Signs

Posted by: on Mar 9, 2016 | No Comments

For children just starting to understand words, baby sign language can be a huge boost to their developing language skills. Children are often ready to learn what words mean before they can make the right sounds with their mouths. This post shares a few simple tips for getting your little one started with signs, without having to take a whole course and learn a new language yourself!

Painting for toddlers: Spring Green

Painting for toddlers: Spring Green

Posted by: on Mar 6, 2016 | No Comments

Buds are appearing on the trees and the days are getting lighter. Spring is coming, so this week we discovered green by mixing blue and yellow. It was such a lovely moment for the little one and perhaps the first time I saw him take huge pride in a piece of his own artwork. Read on for how we explore colors by painting with the seasons.

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 2. Gestures

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 2. Gestures

Posted by: on Mar 4, 2016 | 2 Comments

For babies and young toddlers, using gestures is an important step towards using language. Actions like waving, shaking the head for no, clapping and pointing show a desire to communicate. They typically emerge just before first words. In this post I’ll explain what early gestures are, why they matter, and how to encourage your little one to start using them.

Get toddlers active with these indoor obstacle course ideas

Get toddlers active with these indoor obstacle course ideas

Posted by: on Mar 2, 2016 | No Comments

Most toddlers crave movement. Their growing bodies need it, so games where they can run, jump, crawl and explore delight them. When it’s cold and wet outside this is more of a challenge than on warm summer days. An indoor obstacle course can get little kids moving, laughing and learning too, while they burn off some of that crazy kid energy. Obstacle courses are a simple, age-adjustable, and endlessly variable. They are also a great way for siblings to play together. Here are some ideas to get you started: