Everywhere you go, talk about what you see. A stop sign, a traffic light or a tree might seem boring to you but it’s a whole new world to your child.
Using a mirror is a great way to play with your toddler! They learn by watching the mirror & listening to you describe their face.
Find a magazine or newspaper & cut out letters and pictures. On a piece of paper, glue the letters down & then the pictures that start with that letter.
Tie ribbons or strings to a stick. Play music & have your toddler move the ribbons to the beat. Your toddler’s mind & body will learn to work together.
Trace your toddler's hand on paper with a pencil. Trace a book, trace the lid of a jar. Talk about shapes to build vocabulary. What else can you trace?
Matching games help your toddler develop thinking skills. Pull shoe pairs from your closet, mix them up, and ask your toddler to match them correctly.
Ask your child to imitate you, such as wiggling your fingers, pretending to be asleep, etc. They're learning to follow directions & building vocabulary!
Take a walk & read street signs to your toddler, pointing at each letter. This activity will help your toddler notice text all around them.
When your toddler draws a picture, listen to the story that goes with it, write down the words you hear. Now read it aloud together!
Play a song & pause it. Sing a line again, changing the last word to another word that rhymes.
If you go apple picking, talk about the 5 senses. “I hear bees buzzing, see families smiling, smell doughnuts, taste sweet apples, and feel warm sunshine.”
Write a letter on the sidewalk with chalk. Have your child place stones over the shape of the letter.
Ask your child to pretend to read a story to their stuffed animal or doll. Practice turning each page & have them say what's happening on each one.
Teach your child letters by playing with blocks. Lay out blocks on the floor in a circle to make an O, then cross two rectangles to make an X.