5 Teaching Activities For Toddlers
You’re tired, you’re alone and you’ve exhausted every friend and relative option to give you an hour break from the little horrors; just an hour’s reprieve, that’s all!
Well, good news, help is on its way and you don’t have to call in a single favour.
There are all kinds of activities to take the terror out of your toddlers and get them playing quietly. Better still, they’ll learn something while they do.
Here for your sanity’s sake are 5 quick and easy teaching activities for toddlers.
One: An empty bathtub full of stuffed toys
It might not sound like the makings of a lasting learning experience, but wait. The moment that empty bathtub stops being an empty bathtub and becomes Noah’s Ark, things get decidedly interesting.
Suddenly, your kids aren’t just sitting in a tub full of stuffed toys; they’re saving every living creature from a flood! And that’s enough to make any toddler take an empty bathtub seriously, maybe for one long, luxurious hour.
Oh, just make sure they don’t get too creative with the taps.
Two: Toddlers’ Treasure hunt
Kids love a good treasure hunt, especially if there’s something exciting or tasty hidden away. So get some snacks they love and hide them around the house – or the kids’ bedroom if you want to keep things a bit more confined.
Remember, they’re toddlers, so they might need a few little clues if they’re toddling about and getting testy having not found anything. So don’t make it too hard and offer little leads like “Teddy might know where it is,” or “See if the fire truck might come to the rescue.”
Three: Painting with pudding
One thing you can be sure of with kids; if there’s paint involved, they’ll find a way to get it all over them and, worse, in their mouths. So do away with the toxic paints and try some brightly coloured puddings instead.
All you need is some yummy vanilla pudding and some food colouring. Mix it up, lay out a plastic sheet and some paper and stand back!
What an educational way to eat!
Four: Toddler Town
Help your kids to create their own town. Clear an area on the living room floor and use masking tape to make roads and the town borders.
Then assemble all their toys, cars, Lego, farm animals, soldiers and whatever else you can find in a nice pile outside the town lines. Clear the area and watch Toddler Town grow before your eyes!
Five: Button sorting
This is a great way for young kids to start learning about colours. All you need are five or six coloured containers – red, blue, green, orange, purple and whatever else you can find.
Then, grab yourself a big bag of coloured buttons to match the containers and let the kids loose. You can either sit close by and offer some helpful advice if the matching is going a bit awry, or sneak off to the kitchen for a relaxing cuppa.