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From Head to Toe

Body and Movement Activities for ToddlersI recently turned to one of my favorite authors to help me teach my toddler about our weekly theme, “Body and Movement”. The book, From Head to Toe, is perfect for young children in particular because it features simple language, colorful images, incorporates animals and teaches how different parts of the body move. Reading this book with your child makes for an engagingly good time. I dare you to read it and not move along with it : )

Body and Movement Toddler Game

Body and Movement Toddler GameHere is a very simple game to play with a toddler. The rules are simple–the child will mimic what is being done. By doing so, the child learns to follow simple direction and important vocabulary.

“Mommy Says” is a modified version of the game “Simeon Says”. Because the original game involves thinking skills that are too advanced for my 19 month old, I changed the game to be more developmentally appropriate by omitting the “catch” (player is out if they do a movement that wasn’t preceded by the “Simeon says” phrase). To play, state, “Mommy says to…” and the child should do as stated. Actions should be simple as well as the movements. If the child needs support with following the direction, then show him/her the action as you restate it. Always give the child the opportunity to do the action independently first before providing the “answer”. This not only allows them time to think about what was said and should be done, but also communicates that they have a turn in the conversation/game. Examples include…

touch your nose

touch your eyes

touch your ears

bend your arms/knees/neck

As the child learns a few of the action words through repetition (e.g. touch, bend), incorporate other words to expand their vocabulary. Examples include…

stomp your feet

stretch your arms

wave your hands

wiggles your hips

 

 

Mr. Potato Head

This week’s theme was completely inspired by a recent purchase from the toy store. After months of searching, I was finally able to find a Mr. Potato Head here in Germany for my 19 month old son. Because he is learning to identify body parts and their movements, owning a Mr. Potato Head would only aid in his skill development. Plus, the toy is a classic (and inexpensive), so I was able to break my “never pay full price for a toy” rule. Now that we have had Mr. Potato Head for a week, I have to say that he really does live up to his name. Nathan has enjoyed mastering how to put the pieces into the small holes and we have had many fun moments creating new and interesting “looks” for Mr. Potato Head. Here is one that Nathan created with just a little bit of help from mom…

Toddler Activities

We actually ended up buying the Mr. Potato Head Tater Tub. It has more pieces, which means more options and more fun : ) Get yours today…

 

Watermelon Activities for Toddlers

Watermelon Activities

This week has been all about watermelons for me and my toddler. I was inspired to create some toddler activities as I was slicing up a beautiful specimen on Mother’s Day. Watermelons are not only colorful and tasty, but they have several different dimensions to them. All of this, to me, equals a great learning opportunity for a little person! So, here are a whole week’s worth of watermelon activities for you and your toddler:

  1. Sensory Play With Watermelon
  2. Mosaic Watermelon Craft
  3. Paper Plate Watermelon
  4. Felt Watermelon Counting Activity
  5. Watermelon Songs (with visuals and a game!)
  6. Watermelon Popsicles
  7. Plant a Watermelon

 

Mosaic Watermelon Activity

This is a great toddler craft for many reasons. It involves just a few, inexpensive materials, it’s engaging, and it aids in skill development (fine motor control, color and shape recognition). Here’s how to create a mosaic watermelon…

  1. Cut some green and red construction paper into strips and then into squares. Two pieces of paper should be plenty.paperstripsMosaic Watermelon Craft
  2. Cut a piece of contact paper the size you want your piece of watermelon to be. Take off the paper part to reveal the sticky side.
  3. Turn the sides of the contact “paper” under at each end so it holds the piece in place for your toddler. Mosaic Watermelon Craft
  4. Guide your toddler as she/he places red and green squares onto the sticky side of the contact sheet (it’s okay if they are randomly placed, as long as they are placed so they stick!).Mosaic Watermelon Craft
  5. Flip the contact sheet over and place a piece of tissue paper in a coordinating color to the back. This will act as a filler to cover any exposed contact paper parts and add color. *This is optional. My toddler didn’t quite fill up the space, which is okay. But, I needed a backing.Mosaic Watermelon Craft
  6. Cut mosaic watermelon to resemble the shape of a piece of watermelon.Mosaic Watermelon Craft

After we completed this craft, I was thinking that it would be cute and more watermelon-like to add a few small pieces of black construction paper to the mix (to stand in as seeds). This toddler craft is lovely as the sun shines through it while it hangs in a kitchen window.