ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN FROM AGE 1 TO AGE 2
What should you expect of children
from 1 to 2 years old?
Children this age are...
Between their first and second
Energetic (walk more steadily, run, push,
pull, take apart, carry, and climb on and grab things).
Busy (like to flip light switches, pour things
in and out of containers, unwrap packages, and empty drawers).
What do they need?
Like to imitate the sounds and actions of
others (by pretending to do housework or yardwork, for example).
Want to be independent and do it themselves
(and express this by saying "No!").
Can be clingy.
Can have relatively short attention spans
if not involved in an activity.
Add variations to their physical skills (by
walking back-wards or sideways, for example).
Begin to see how they are like and unlike
Become more sensitive to the moods of others.
Play alone or alongside other toddlers.
Increase their vocabularies from about 2 or
3 words to about 250 words and understand more of what people say to them.
Children this age require...
A safe environment for exploring.
Opportunities to make their own choices (Do
you want the red cup or the blue one?).
Clear and reasonable limits.
Opportunities to use big muscles (in the arms
and legs, for example).
Opportunities to manipulate small objects,
such as puzzles and stackable toys.
Activities that allow them to touch, taste,
smell, hear, and see new things.
Chances to learn about "cause and effect"--that
things they do produce certain results (when a stack of blocks gets too
high it will fall over).
Opportunities to develop and practice their
Chances to learn about kindness and caring
about others' feelings.
HOW TO TURN EVERYDAY
INTO LEARNING EXPERIENCES
Nearly all daily routines can be educational
for a growing baby. For instance, even something as simple as shopping
can turned into a valuable experience to help your child learn. It's especially
good for teaching new words and introducing preschoolers to new people
What you'll need is a short shopping list.
And here's what to do!
Shopping is one of many ways to surround children
with meaningful talk. They need to hear a lot of words in order to learn
to communicate themselves. It's particularly helpful when you talk about
the -here and now- (things that are going on in front of your child.)
Pick a time when neither you nor your child
is hungry or tired.
At the grocery store, put your child in the
grocery cart so that he faces you. Take your time as you walk up and down
Talk about what you are seeing and doing:
we're going to buy some cereal. See, it's in a big red and blue box. Listen
to the great noise it makes when I shake the box. Can you shake the box?
Now we're going to pay for the groceries. We'll put them on the counter
while I get out the money. The cashier will tell us how much we have to
Let your child feel the items you buy--a cold
carton of milk, for example, or the skin of an orange. Talk to your child
about the items. The skin of the orange is rough and bumpy. Can Rochelle
feel the skin?
Be sure to name objects you see on a shopping
Let your child touch a soft sweater or try
on a hat or a mitten. Find a mirror so he can see himself. Talk as you
go. Feel how soft the sweater is. Who's that in the mirror? Is that
Let your child practice his hi's and
on clerks and other shoppers on your outings.
Keep talking, keep moving, and let your child
this store we need to buy some buttons. You can hold the cloth next to
the buttons so I can find the right color. Putting your toddler's hands
in the right position can help him learn to understand your directions.
Leave for home before your child gets grumpy.
USE THE MAGIC OF
TO STIMULATE TALKING
Puppets can be fascinating. Children know
that puppets are not alive. And yet, they move and talk like real living
things. Children respond to puppets, and making your own puppet is quick
and easy. With a little imagination your puppet can give your child a head
start on tomorrow. Try making one at home.
What you'll need for your puppet are...
Now, here's what to do...
An old clean sock
Buttons (larger than 1 inch in diameter to
Needle and thread
An old glove
How to use your puppet...
Sock puppet. Use an old clean sock.
Sew on buttons for eyes and nose. Paste or sew on a piece of red fabric
for the mouth. Put a bow made from ribbon at the neck.
Finger puppets. Cut the ends off the
fingers of an old glove. Draw faces on the fingers with felt-tipped pens.
Glue yarn on for hair.
Puppets provide the means to talk to children
in a non threatening or authorative manner, and that helps encourage them
to speak more easily. Puppets can also help children learn new words, use
their imaginations, and develop their hand and finger coordination.
Have the puppet talk to your child. Hello.
My name is Tanya. What a great T-shirt you have on! I like the rabbit on
the front of your T-shirt. (change your voice when the puppet talks).
Have the puppet sing a simple song (change
your voice when the puppet sings).
Encourage your child to speak to the puppet.
Put finger puppets on your child to give him
practice moving his fingers one at a time.
The next time you want help cleaning up, have
the puppet make the request:
Hello, Maria. Let's put these crayons back
in the box and these toys back on the shelves. Can you get me the ball?
Whenever you are stimulating children to
speak, always remember...
Children will make many mistakes when they
learn to talk.
Instead of correcting them directly, reply
by using the right grammar. For example, if your child says, Michael
done it, reply, Yes, David, Michael did it.
Speak slowly and clearly so the child can
imitate your speech.
Use full, but short sentences, and avoid baby
FOR LARGER MUSCLES CONTROL
Toddlers love to explore spaces and climb
over, through, and into things.
What you'll need for this activity are...
Here is what you do!
Stuffed animal or toy
Large cardboard boxes
A large sheet
A soft ball
A large plastic laundry basket
These skills help children gain control over
their large muscles. They also help children learn important concepts such
as up, down, inside, outside, over, and under.
Pillow jump. Give your toddler some
pillows to jump into. Toddlers usually figure out how to do this one on
Box car. Give your toddler a large
grocery box to push around the room. He may want to take his stuffed animal
or toy for a ride in it. If the box isn't too high--you'll most likely
find your toddler in there, too!
Basketball. Sit about 3 feet away from
your toddler and hold out a large plastic laundry basket. Let him try throwing
a ball into the basket.
Table tent. Cover a table with a sheet
that's big enough to reach the ground on all sides. This makes a great
playhouse that's particularly good for a rainy day. Watch out for bumped
Jingle bells. Sew bells onto elastic
that will fit comfortably around your child's ankles. Then watch (and listen
to) the fun while he moves about or jumps up and down.
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