Introduction. Activities for toddlers aren’t supposed to be merely mindless activities for passing the time. These can be useful moments for imparting lifelong lessons into your kids and training them to be upright citizens. Toddler development is such a critical part of good parenting. Some of the skills involve social intelligence, while others involve fine motor skill development. Meanwhile, a few affect cognitive development. Kids have different learning speeds. Even then, most kids can still grasp lots of the development activities, as long as they’re geared towards toddlers.
I. Label Your Household. One of the ways to help your children learn and grow is labelling the everyday households items. This will reinforce in them the names and references to these things. It’s one of the easiest ways to help the kids master words and expand their vocabulary. Make sure the labels are made with different colors and fonts to stretch their imaginations and memorization. You can always switch the coloring and fonts of the labels every few weeks.
II. Introduce Organization. Kids have an incredible capacity for neatness and orderliness from a pretty young age. This is dependent on their personality as well as training. Put the dishes, clothes, bins, etc. at specific spaces and make sure the kids follow through on that rule. That sense of predictability makes it easier to engender a sense of ownership as well as neatness. You should always embrace this model even if it means working slower in the beginning.
III. Arrange a Scavenger Hunt. Make sure you nurture the natural curiosity and desire for exploration that kids exhibit as they grow up. You can do this through arranging items around the compound and leaving clues for them to trace. Treasure hunts teach the kids on how to follow through on instructions and how to spot clues when answers aren’t forthcoming. Most kids would gladly enjoy a well-planned game of treasure hunt.
IV. Take on the Town. You can escalate this further by taking a tour of the city and helping them map out the town. You could start by helping them grasp the landmarks in your neighbourhood, then expand from there. Lots of kids get lost in town and get into a crisis when most could easily make these way home if they had been trained. Instruct them on the few places where they can seek help in case they get lost. This could be a neighbor’s office, your own workplace or the local authorities.
V. Pin Up Pictures. You can also pin up photos of objects as well as family and friends. You can actually construct a family tree using the available pictures of everyone in the extended family. This exercise improves understanding and memorization. You can also read books and help them expand their comprehension and intelligence as well as numeracy.