Toddler Activities Posts

Our First Visit to the Library with Toddler

Last week we visited the public library. It was the first library visit of our son, so he was really excited with his new experience.

At home we encourage him to read books and we always surround him with books that are good for toddlers. When he was few months old, we introduced him some baby storytime books too. However, we bought most of these books for him. Recently he received new books from Josh & Cherrie subscription box service and Toddle.sg .So he has enough new books to read at home and he loves reading books.

First Visit to the Library

Ready to go to the library.He loves the bags received from Itsmybag.sg and wanted to use one of the bags for this visit.

He also receives one book from his Playgroup library and he has some idea that he needs to return the library book after reading. Although I planned to visit the library with him from long time, it was always postponed. And finally we did it!

First Visit to the Library

The excited kid wanted to walk to the library and he didn’t feel tired! 🙂

When we visited the Kids World Fair last week, we also received some brochures and a book from National Library Board Singapore which encourages young kids to read. That made us really wanting to visit the nearby library.

I always had doubt of my son’s behavior inside the library. As this is the first visit and he is too active, I prepared him along the week for the library visit. I always mentioned him that he cannot talk loud, he needs to sit and read books and finally he needs to return the books which he borrows from the library.

First Visit to the Library

Inside the library.He read many books.

It seems the little guy absorbed the all things that we told him. He behaved really well inside the library. He was so quiet and excited with lots of books to read. Finally he borrowed few books from the library and these days our home is full of reading activities! We had a great first visit to the library!

First Visit to the Library

After borrowing books and after his first library experience,he gave me some serious look for a photo! 🙂

How about you? Do you visit the library with little kids? Do they like their library experience? Please share your thoughts below.

 

 

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Playing with a Mirror (Mirror Activities for Toddlers)

It is not a secret that babies love to see their face from the mirror. Although they recognize themselves from the mirror or not, giving a small mirror to a baby is a wonderful idea to see how they stay happy with it. When it comes to a toddler, they have some understanding of the reflection and they can also recognize themselves through a mirror reflection.There are lot of mirror activities for toddlers,however this is a mirror activity which my son found himself while we were at a shopping mall. 🙂

Playing with a Mirror

Playing with a Mirror

These are some photos which I captured in end of 2015 during our Sri Lanka holiday. Our son was exactly 2 years old at that time and we were in a shopping mall. He suddenly found this mirror in the fitting rooms’ area and started exploring and experimenting. As the shop was not crowded and as he was seriously experimenting the reflections through the mirror, I didn’t bother of taking him out. Instead I used the opportunity to allow him to learn, explore and experiment.

Can you see how curious he is with the different reflections through the mirror? 🙂

Playing with a Mirror

Experimenting with a Mirror

Benefits of Playing with a mirror for Toddlers

Playing with mirrors is one of the popular toddler activities which help them to boost different skills. Some of the benefits of playing with mirrors include focusing and identifying their image. A mirror may help developing social skills at the same time emotional development. I also found in another post that a mirror can boost the development of brain of a toddler or a baby as they try to explore and experiment different reflections.

Playing with a Mirror

Playing with a Mirror

Anyway, this was a beautiful moment for us although he was sitting on the floor of the shop thinking it as his own home. There are times which we have to forget about hygiene, but be sure to clean hands after such play time with wet tissues or hand sanitizer.(if you are traveling)

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Do you allow mirrors to your kids for playing? Please share your thoughts.

 

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Toddler Activities : Bowling with Empty Bottles

Among the toddler activities we do at our home, bowling with empty bottles is a pretty simple activity to keep a toddler cheerful!

Recently we got the semester progress report from our son’s playgroup and I found there are many activities they do at the playgroup to improve toddler skills. Among many activities that our son performs well, there was one activity which had the remark saying ‘sometimes’. It was throwing a small object to aimed direction. Although it is not a big problem for us because he does throwing objects sometimes only, I just thought of creating some activities for him to do at home to improve his skills. With that in mind, I came up with this idea of throwing a ball to empty bottles. I think this is pretty good to add to the toddler activities list.

Toddler Activities : Bowling with Empty Bottles

It was a great hit to keep our son active, cheerful and concentrate at the same time. He loved throwing balls to the line of bottles and he wanted to see when all the bottles fell down because of him. Among the activities for toddlers we tried before, throwing a ball to empty bottles was great and kept him moving and shouting!

Toddler Activities: Bowling with empty bottles

Here is what we did. It is pretty simple.

Toddler Activities : Bowling with Empty Bottles

We need few empty bottles for this activity. I found some similar size empty bottles from our DIY recycle bin.

We then arranged all the empty bottles in a row.

Toddler Activities : Bowling with Empty Bottles

For this activity we used few different sized balls, so we could also talk about balls using the terms such as ‘small, big and colours such as green, yellow etc.

Once we arranged the empty bottles, then we stayed around 4 feet away from the bottles. I asked him to throw the balls to empty bottles.

Toddler Activities : Bowling with Empty Bottles

That is really simple and we could spend around an hour playing this game.

Toddler Activities : Bowling with Empty Bottles

Toddler Activities : Bowling with Empty Bottles

Isn’t this one of the fun and best indoor toddler activities? 🙂

Toddler Activities : Bowling with Empty Bottles

Toddler Activities : Bowling with Empty Bottles

Improved Skills

Hand eye coordination.

Learning about colours,sizes.

Check some other activities for toddlers which we spent hours with cheerful play.

 

 

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