Toddlers flourish when they are engaged with activities that inspire their independence. Outside our regular exercises which develop everyday skills, we do a few simple but meaningful play activities. Most of those activities are based on Montessori principals; they stimulate senses, once mastered, require the minimum involvement of an adult, are attractive and sequential. Also, many activities I do with my child are Reggio inspired as they include natural materials and open-ended play.
1. We got these butterfly wall decor from the dollar store. First, we arranged them from the largest to the smallest and then we took it outside to see how they catch the reflection of the sky and sunlight. We also counted how many blue glass drops we can fit in butterfly frame and made a sensory tray with lavender.
3) Pebbles are excellent materials for creating all sorts of learning activities, for example, we made shape and primary colours matching work. I drew on pebbles first and also allowed my daughter to colour in the rest.
4) Carrot, apple and raisins is a super healthy snack and great first salad to learn to make. I usually help her to peel and grate apple and carrot, then she adds raisins, and we mix everything up together.
6) Games that involve tunnel have very many benefits. She learns to crawl through it, learns to roll a ball and push it hard enough to get on the other side, it reinforces literacy and language (when learning prepositions), it is a lot of fun.
Sensory Tray with Lavender and Rosemary – looking for small objects..
Learning yellow colour.
So here is what has been inspiring us.