Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Toddler Activities: Matching Shapes


I bought these flashcards at Target. Its the Dr. Suess set. I cut off all the busy borders and then cut the cards in half.


I showed Landon how to match up each shape then mixed it up and asked him to try.


great questions to ask:

"what is this?" 
"Can you tell me this shape?"
"what color is this?"
"where is the "heart"?"


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Toddler Activities: Animal Match


This matching activity was a gift from Landon's great aunt. She found them at the dollar tree! What a great gift!


We talk about the animals, what the animals say, and we talk about the color of each animal.


this is such an easy and affordable activity!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Toddler Activities: Matching & Stacking Shapes

We love stacking! When I found these shapes at target, I snatched them up! 

Our conversations about this activity can be endless.. we talk about shapes, we count the shapes, we talk about colors. What an amazing activity for only $1.


He can say, "star, heart, square and circle"


We have also used these shapes to paint/stamp, I've photocopied the shapes and let him match them as well. It is endless!



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Toddler Activities: Letter Recognition


Just wanted to show you how well landon can recognize letters after 2 weeks.

We got these flash cards and magnets at target 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Toddler Activities: Matching Alphabets

We've been working on our alphabet recognition. I bought these flashcards and magnets from target in the dollar aisle. These are great!! We started with 3 letters per day and by the end of the week, we had him matching 12 cards. 

While matching letters, I ask many questions to get him thinking...

"Can you say A?"
"What starts with A?" 
"What animal is this?" 
"What is the alligator eating" etc


We also sound out the letter as he holds them. 


Target flashcards are great! Try it out and let me know what you think. We also see these cards at the dollar tree, and dollar store.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Toddler Activities: threading noodles

This is one of our daily activities during "table time".  Its such an easy activity and it covers a number of fine motor activities!

all you need is:

noodles
styrofoam 
pipe cleaners


Landon also counts as he threads.


The pipe cleaners are pretty flimsy so he has to use both hands to thread his noodles.

it also takes a lot of concentration to complete this activity so teaching him to be patient and calm is important!


He loved it so much we had to add more pipe cleaners for him! 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Toddler Activities: Transferring Rice

Warning- this activity is MESSY but fun!


I'm teaching Landon how to transfer stuff. I provided a cup of rice, a few containers, measuring cups, funnels and spoons... I also had a dirt devil and broom with dustpan for clean up!

I showed him how to use the spoon and funnel. then I stepped back and let me explore.


every once in awhile, I will remind him to "keep it in the box" and to be careful. he really did try! he said "uh-oh" every time he spilled rice. It was really cute to watch him explore!


the best thing about giving him an activity is... I can cook dinner in peace!