It’s Friday! We hope you have had some moments of joy during this stay-at-home week. Below are some activity invitations geared towards children age 12-30 months. Enjoy!
Sensory/Fine Motor Invitation: Exploring dirt
You will need a little bit of garden space or a pot of child-safe potting soil or dirt for this activity along with some digging tools (large spoons, small shovels, craft sticks) They can investigate what the tools do, how the dirt feels in their hands and what the earth looks like underneath the top surface. The Toddlers can manipulate the dirt in their hands or shovels, compare and contrast the texture of the dirt and use multiple senses to explore the dirt further. You can ask questions like, “How does the dirt feel in your hands?” (examples bumpy, smooth, etc) “Where else do you see dirt?” (look around in the yard)
Art Invitation: Finger Paint
Finger paint is a wonderful, and messy, way for toddlers to engage in sensory exploration and express themselves creatively. They can investigate as many or as few colors as you would like. The toddlers can explore making shapes, lines and scribbles using the paint with their fingers. Have a wet rag or bathtub ready for when they are done. Some children dive in while others approach paint more slowly and carefully. What is your child’s approach?
Music/Movement Invitation: The Itsy Bitsy Spider
For a music invitation you can sing and do the gestures to The Itsy Bitsy Spider song. You can ask questions like, “Where do you think the spider was going?” “ What do you think the spider looked like?” “Do you think the spider has a name and if so what is it?”
Outdoor Invitation: Nature Hunt
Today might be a good day to go outside and collect different nature items. Children of this age love collecting things. You can provide your child with a bucket, cup or small paper bag to fill with their natural treasures. They can find things like leaves, sticks, pinecones, dandelions, tree bark and pine needles. You may ask questions like, “What kind of things did you find?” “How does it feel?” “ Where do you think _____ came from? “