Happy Friday! Just a quick reminder that we are taking a break from the blog next week. If you have been on this journey with us, please let us know in the comments!
Here are three invitations for today for toddlers.
Sensory Invitation: Pom pom water play
For this invitation you will need some pom poms (Unfortunately, cotton balls will not work for this.), two containers, and a large spoon or two. We recommend either setting the containers in a large plastic storage tub where they fit side by side, or offering this invitation outside. Fill one container with pom poms and the other with water. Invite your child to explore the two materials with the spoons and/or their hands.
This invitation explores opposites, uses motor skills and builds sensory schema.
Large Motor Invitation: Stepping stones
This invitation is perhaps simplest to do outside, but you could also create stepping stones indoors with some painter’s tape or yoga dots. Find some relatively flat, sturdy objects larger than your child’s feet. Arrange them like stepping stones outside and invite your child to try to navigate the stepping stones. We wonder if children will explore moving the objects to make the motor work more or less challenging. We wonder if they will decide to do something other than step on the objects, perhaps they will go around, or stack them.
Language/Literacy Invitation: Brown Boy Joy by Dr. Thomishia Baker
We love this version of Brown Boy Joy read by Jecorey Arthur. It really brings out the rhythm of the text. This is wonderful for young children who are themselves discovering the rhythm of language.