Good morning! It’s the middle of the week already! We are busily preparing Lakewood to welcome children again August 5th. Here are three invitations for toddlers in the meantime.
Large Motor Invitation: Dance party!
You can offer your child’s favorite music, or try some new movement songs. Koo Koo Kanga Roo has many exciting songs, or you can check out local artist Baron Von Rumblebuss. We also highly recommend local dance studio Ninth Street Dance’s online offerings.
Dance is a wonderful way to build balance, coordination and other motor skills. Children also love to express themselves through movement.
Outdoor/Sensory Invitation: Mashing mud
With the wet weather expected today, there may be mud available near you. You can put some in a bucket or bowl and invite your child to explore the mud with a potato masher or similar tool. You can also use child-safe potting soil and have your child mix it with water in a tub.
This sensory invitation encourages children to explore the many properties of and possibilities in soil mixed with water. They can test theories, investigate texture, and build motor skills.
Art Invitation: Smush Paint.
Put different color drops of paint on a piece of paper and stick the paper inside a gallon plastic bag. Push and spread the paint around to create a beautiful masterpiece! This invitation is wonderful for children who are unsure about covering their hands in paint. You could also have them drive over the bag with toy vehicles to see what designs their tires make.