Stimulating my toddler

Erika - posted on 01/13/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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How do you stimulate your toddler? I don't want her to fall behind her piers who attend day care and would love any suggestions on how to fill our days with educational activities. My DD is 14 months old today :)

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Jodi - posted on 01/13/2010

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If you don't want her falling behind...which I highly doubt she would unless you totally ignored her all day! lol I think the number one thing you can do is read...and lots of it! I'm from Wisconsin and here it is mandatory to have at least 15 minutes of reading throughout the day in all daycares. (Or at least that was the rule when I was doing daycare.) I don't know where you're at but nature walks are GREAT for toddlers and easy for mom! Just take a walk around the block and look at all the animal tracks, is it a cat, a dog, a bird, a rabbit? How are the trees different now than in the summer? Where did the grass go? It's all about challenging your toddler's mind and asking them questions that make them think.



Nikki's suggestion about the grou SAHM's are Teachers is a really great one if I do say so myself! I think as Admin of the group I have to! lol Thanks Nikki!

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Kristina - posted on 01/13/2010

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Reading,singing songs, getting some flashcards. Art: gluing,sticker art, painting. The thing to remember is there are teachable moments everywhere. My son learned his shapes and colors by looking at street signs,finding shapes at the play ground and overall outside. He is starting to identify his letters, we look at signs, labels at the store mail. Just having conversations through out the day asking open ended questions using different words to describe things are all ways a child learns. It is amazing what they soak up. My little guy has used a word that we do not use in our house but he knows it uses it correctly. I am constantly asking him where did you hear that word. Or he will tell me something about an animal or other things and I am just wowed by what he has learned with out me.

Nikki - posted on 01/13/2010

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Arts and crafts are great, puzzles, drawing, texture play, reading, playdough, dancing, music, exploring, rice/pasta play, threading, sorting and also just helping you around the house, they love 'helping' so if you are cleaning just giving her a damp cloth will be alot of fun in her eyes. If you are to educational play i have just joined a group on here it's called SAHM's are teachers and is all about educational play for stay at home mums. Hope to see you around!

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