Good morning! Here are three invitations for your toddler on the last Tuesday in July.
Building Invitation: Blocks with additional loose parts (cotton balls, sticks, etc.)
Blocks are a wonderful way for toddlers to explore different schema while building their design skills, hand-eye coordination and other motor skills. After so many weeks at home, it might be time to offer something new with your blocks. This could be as simple as some mason jar rings, paper towel tubes, or cotton balls, You could also add things from nature like sweet gum balls, leaves, or small sticks. What might your toddler do with these additional materials?
Motor Invitation: Transporting blocks with spoons
Transportation schema work is very important for many young children. They often carry bags, buckets and baskets full of a variety of objects from one place to another. Transportation is the exploration in this work. Today you can challenge your toddler to transport blocks (or another set of small objects) from one place to another using a large spoon. You can set all the objects on a chair with a spoon, and set a basket or mark off a square on the other side of the room. Invite your child to use the spoon to move the blocks.
Fine Motor Invitation: Sticker Lines. Draw a couple of different lines (zig-zag, loopy, squiggley, etc.) and have your child put stickers on top. This could be done on the wall, floor, or even outside!
Variation: If you do not have stickers they could trace with paint or different color markers.