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More Time on Outdoor Activities with My Toddler

There are lots of outdoor activities for toddlers from different games to exploring the nature. Anyway, last few weeks I was busy with my toddler spending more time with him. He is spending the last few weeks of his age 2 and reaching the age 3.I can easily see his changes in behavior. Suddenly he is too active. It is not easier for me to keep him inside the home as he tries activities such as climbing. So, the best is to spend more time on outdoor activities till he use all of his packed energies. 🙂

Outdoor Activities with My Toddler

It is time to explore the things around!

We spent more time on playgrounds and we found new activities rather than just playing. We also spent time on playgrounds at night watching the sky.He always loves exploring insects and things around him.

Outdoor Activities with My Toddler

Is it an insect on this leaf?

I wanted to sit and relax. But as he was running here and there, I was running behind him too. May be I am too worried! 🙂

Outdoor Activities with My Toddler

He found this slide as a good place to read a book. 🙂 At that time there were no other kids at the playground.

The Garden Table near our home/flat is a great place to enjoy some snacks after walking and playing around.We continued using this table for packed lunch and snacks.He loves his new dining experience! 🙂

Outdoor Activities with My Toddler

We found this Garden Table as an interesting place to have some snacks! 🙂

How was your week? Do you have any photo stories for this week? Please share below.

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Frog Life Cycle freebie + Teaching Science for a Toddler

Teaching a toddler is sometimes really fun as they like to explore new things. But, did you think of teaching Science for your toddler? I didn’t realize the value of it until I found the frog life cycle freebie created by Educents. At first I thought this would be too much for my little one. But, I am extremely wrong. He loved to learn the lifecycle of a frog. Now even he knows what happens after a mature frog lays egg. He can remember the steps of the frog life cycle and he also knows the tadpole becomes a legged tadpole because he eats well. (My son is a picky eater, so I use the chance to teach him about eating as well)

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Well, this is how we learned about frog life cycle.

To make it a fun activity, we made a water pond using a plastic container.

Water play  using a water pond

For the water pond, we added some stones, a plastic tree and animals who lives in the pond. We have toy frogs, ducks and a tortoise at home. So we created a water pond. My son enjoyed his play time while talking with me about animals who live in water. He also added his toy crocodile because he knows crocodile lives in water. I explained him crocodile likes water, but he lives in river not in water pond. 🙂

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We had great time and slowly I switched to our topic of frog life cycle.

Teaching the Frog Life Cycle for a Toddler

I showed him the freebies I downloaded from Educents. Those are colorful and my son really attracted to the illustrations. We talked lot and I explained him about the frog life cycle. It was really an exciting lesson for him together with water play.

Frog Life Cycle freebie

Frog Life Cycle freebie

Frog Life Cycle Freebie

Actually isn’t it fun to learn about slimy squishy animals? How about you?Do your preschoolers or kindergarteners know about the life cycle of one of the squishiest amphibians – the FROG? It’s a quick and easy lesson to teach.

You can easily download the free, froggy resource on Educents – just print the pages and start your lesson same as I did.

Ways to use this Frog Life Cycle freebie with a Pre-K or Kinder:(Or with a Toddler)

This frog life cycle free resource was created by The Multi Taskin’ Mom and is available to download for free on Educents.com.If you don’t know, Educents is the best place to discover new and innovative ways to keep kids excited about learning!I usually browse this site to download resources for my little one.

Below are some pictures of this free frog life cycle printable.

Frog Life Cycle freebie

You can teach below skills for a pre-k or pre schooler.

  • Practice handwriting & copywork
  • Reading aloud
  • Sounding out the words
  • Have fun coloring
  • Just print & go

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Skills to enhance for a Toddler

If you have a toddler,still you can use these printables to enhance skills of your toddler.Below are some of the identified skills which I tried to teach to my kid.

  • Identifying the each stage of frog
  • Improve vocabulary
  • Reading aloud
  • Idea of water animals
  • Colouring fun

 

More frog-themed learning resources:

Do your kiddos LOVE frogs? Check out this animation about the Frog Life Cycle, and find more frog-themed games and lessons for all ages below.

  • All About Frogs Packet – This frog bundle includes an informational slideshow, frog-themed anchor charts, rhyming word printables, number cards, writing organizer, and more (all frog-themed!!)
  • Froggy Self-Control Boardgame – Use your frog markers to move across the board and practice relaxation, self-control, and body behavior in the classroom. Students will distinguish good choices from bad choices as they leap around the board!
  • 3-D Frog Anatomy Notebook Model for Dissection – Use this 3-d paper frog model for a dissection-free frog exploration, a pre-dissection study tool, or even as a summative assessment during comparative anatomy studies!
  • Frog Learning Pack for Middle Schoolers – A frog-eriffic packet of printable notebooking pages, activities, games and more!

Check out more frog-themed resources to integrate into your lessons!

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Sweeping the Garden in Sri Lanka

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My son had a good time and of course new experience sweeping the garden of his grand ma’s.Living in a flat in Singapore,he doesn’t get chance to involve in such garden activities.Here is how he enjoyed his time in Sri Lanka.

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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.

 

 

Fish Finger Family Fun Activity for Toddlers

Finger family nursery song is a very popular song which also makes it fun for little ones to learn new words and activities. My son watches these songs in YouTube videos and kids Apps, so he is always active with a song in his mind.

Fish Finger Family Fun Activity for Toddlers

Fish Finger Family Fun Activity for Toddlers

Daddy finger, daddy finger where are you?

Here I am. Here I am. How do you do?

Mommy finger, mommy finger where are you?

Here I am. Here I am. How do you do?

That is part of the original song. But instead of Daddy, mommy we found songs with animal characters too. Such as fish finger, monkey finger and so on.

Fish Finger Family Fun Activity for Toddlers

Fish Finger Family Fun Activity for Toddlers

As my son loves this song much, once we bought him finger Muppets to play. Later I found really easy idea to make him finger Muppets with different characters. Here is one of such ideas.

Fish Finger Family

What you need

Five fish stickers (different sizes of stickers to show Daddy fish, Mommy fish etc)

Five drinking straws

Sellotape

How we make finger muppets

Making fish finger family is really easy and it only takes few minutes.

Take one sticker and attach a straw behind the sticker using a piece of sellotape.

Continue same for the five stickers.

It is done!

Fish Finger Family Fun Activity for Toddlers

Now sing the finger family song showing the daddy fish, mommy fish, brother fish, sister fish and baby fish.

This is always a fun activity at our home. Use different character stickers and make different finger families. So, your toddler will not get bored when there is no activity to do!

Actually, I couldn’t take photos leisurely as my son was dragging one by one when I finished making the fish family straws. He loves this activity each time!

Sharing this with Toddler Fun Friday

 

Toddler Play Time : Five Little Ducks and Water Play

‘Five little ducks went swimming one day’ is a beautiful classic song which kids love. Instead of just singing it, we had funful toddler play time at our home.

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Toddler Play Time : Five Little Ducks and Water Play

My son loves this song and recently we bought small rubber ducklings to make his play time more active. This is one of the ways we used this classic song as a wonderful toddler play activity.

Five little ducks went swimming one day
Over the hills and far away!

I used a basket with water creating a small pond for my toddler and he played the game while singing .I combined this activity with storytelling together with counting and singing.

Toddler Play Time : Five Little Ducks and Water Play

We used numbers while counting the ducks, so he practiced counting.

Toddler Play Time : Five Little Ducks and Water Play

In to the water basket, I used bubble bath which gave him fun time and also feeling of sensory.
We also had mommy duck and daddy duck.

Finally,

Mummy duck said quack quack quack
None of the five little ducks came back!
Daddy duck said quack quack quack!
All the five little ducks came back!

He loved playing the game while singing and he loved the idea of hiding one duck each time.

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This is a great way to teach and practice counting, singing, math skills, sensory and imaginary skills for toddlers.

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Above all it is fun and keeps my child active and busy!

DIY Toddler Reading Corner

A reading corner is a great place for any toddler to spend time on his own by reading books alone. Our son has a specific place to keep his books, but he didn’t have a specific place to read. We read books together in bedroom, on the sofa or even sitting on the floor.

Now, as a toddler he showed interest in looking at the books alone. I heard he was creating stories around the illustrations of the books. So, isn’t this the right time to create a separate space for him to read books?

reading corner for a toddler

I thought that would be interesting if I create a reading corner for him. A reading corner would be a great place which encourages a toddler to read books. I was right. He was so excited when I was creating a special place for him to read.

Anyway, I didn’t do any fancy design change for his kids room. Instead I did some changes in the arrangement for his nursery room. Actually when he turned 1 year old, we didn’t use his nursery room much. When he turned 2 years old, I started changing his baby nursery room into a kids play room. So, this reading corner is one of the projects we carried out on our way creating a kids room for him.

Easy DIY Reading corner for toddler

This is a pretty simple idea. I used his foam play mat for the reading corner. Previously we used this play mat to keep him sitting and playing. But now as a toddler, he runs around the home and he doesn’t use the play mat much. Instead he likes to use a table for most of his activities.So, this reading area is a great way for us to re-purpose foam play mat.

I bought 3 new pillow cases which are colorful and with kids friendly animal character prints on it. My son loved those pillow cases and I used some pillow inserts to make kids friendly cushions.So those are his cushions in the new reading corner.

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I also bought a wall display with numbers to decorate the wall. So, he can learn counting too. Instead of creating a space for keeping all his books, I only kept a small box with few books. So, I can rotate the books. If he wants, he can always take books from his usual book shelf.

Easy DIY Reading corner for toddler

Once I created this reading corner, my son was really happy. Now it is around 3 months after I making a separate space for him. Still he loves the place and he reads books and even asks me to read books there with him.

Easy DIY Reading corner for toddler

That is what I wanted before making the reading corner for our toddler son!  🙂

Benefits of Board Games for Toddlers

Having a toddler at home, it is really important to pay attention to his skills and development with different age stages. At the age 2, he easily gets bored with games we introduce to him.

Playing different game will enhance skills of your toddler and most importantly he will be happy by playing them. Board games are also a great opportunity to bring the family together.

Here are some of the top benefits you can expect by introducing board games for young children and especially for toddlers at very young age of their life.

Easy to master new skills

With age appropriate board games, you can easily introduce new concepts and skills for your toddler. Below are some of the concepts that you can teach your toddler through the board games.

  • Learning numbers, counting, shapes and grouping
  • Recognition of letters, images and colours
  • Eye-hand coordination
Taking Turns and Having Patience

It is common that toddlers are usually with less patience. They even tend to shout till they get the thing that they want. When playing board games, they have to wait for their turn. At first, toddlers will not happy with this. But a board game is an easier way to teach them about patience and taking turns. They will learn the skill with the time.

Improve Strategy Skills

Once your toddler starts enjoying board games, he will explore new ways to win the game. This will enhance his strategic thinking. When they develop their skills with time, they will be good decision makers in future.

Benefits of Board games for toddlers

Selecting Board Games for Toddlers

If you search, you’ll find that there are lots of board games available in the market. However finding age appropriate board games that enhance skills of a toddler is really important. Before choosing board games for your toddler, think of his interests and also the skill levels. Most online shops like Game Night Mania which sell board games offer lot of age appropriate games with description. So you can easily read and understand the concepts of the board game for toddler and choose accordingly.

Finally, with board games enjoy family time together and just have fun! That’s what your toddler wants!

Hand Prints and Play Time

we had a great time with these hand prints.Recently we experimented with leaf printing and it was such a fun activity for my son.So,this is our next experiment with hand prints.

My son loved playing with paints.We used water colours,so the prints are not so dark or sharp.

Hand Prints and Play Time

Finally,he didn’t like his dirty hands 🙂

Hand Prints and Play TimeAs we used water colours,it was easy to wash within few minutes.

Toddler Play Time:Playing with Building Blocks

Building Blocks are kind of a childhood must have toys.However, did you know that it is enhancing skills of your kid?Actually,learning to build a tower of blocks or learning to keep blocks on top of each other is a developmental milestone.In different ages,Toddlers must develop their skills to stack one block on top of another

Anyway,these are just captures of my son’s play time.He is really attached to his new building block set.Most of the time,I can see him making structures,towers and a train using the blocks.

Playing-Building-BlocksAs per him,below is a birthday cake.He was having a birthday party for his toys. 🙂

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We recieved the above building blocks set as a gift from a close friend of mine.Anyway,you can find a more similar set which is suitable for toddlers  here Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag, 60-Piece (Trendy)

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