Toddler Play

15 Brain Development Activities 2-Year-Olds Will Love

15 Brain Development Activities 2-Year-Olds Will Love

Parents and educators can provide 2-year-olds with fun activities that help them reach cognitive milestones. These activities are fantastic for 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, and even 3-year-olds. I’m sharing fifteen favorite brain development activities you can do with your toddler at home or in the classroom. A 2-year-old is developing the following cognitive skills, according to the HSELOF:…

Easy Toddler Language Activities (by a Developmental Therapist)

Easy Toddler Language Activities (by a Developmental Therapist)

Updated: October 21, 2023 As an infant/toddler developmental therapist, I understand the crucial role adults play in shaping toddlers’ language development. Early on, we have the power to influence their communication skills in meaningful ways. I’m excited to share my favorite play-based, nurturing language activities that will not only enrich your toddler’s language journey but…

25 Best Tearing Paper Activities: From Ripping to Learning
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25 Best Tearing Paper Activities: From Ripping to Learning

Updated January 27, 2024 Tearing paper may seem destructive, but intentional tearing paper activities are great for young children. Tearing paper has many benefits, which is why I use these activities in my developmental therapy sessions. Let’s explore 25+ learning activities focused on tearing paper! Getting Started Paper is both a loose parts material and…

Water Activities for Babies and Toddlers: Easy & Teacher-Tested
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Water Activities for Babies and Toddlers: Easy & Teacher-Tested

Updated December 23, 2023 Water activities are a wonderful way for babies and toddlers to explore and learn about their world. These sensory-rich experiences support development while fostering creativity and cognitive skills in the early years. Below are some of my favorite tested activities from my time as a toddler teacher. Water Activities #1 Sponge…

Easy, Mess-Free Activities for 2-Year-Olds (By a Teacher)

Easy, Mess-Free Activities for 2-Year-Olds (By a Teacher)

While some caregivers don’t mind messy, sensory play. Others prefer mess-free, low-prep activities. I see you all, so I’m sharing indoor and outdoor activities that include no-mess and low-mess activities for 2-year-olds. For the parents and educators wondering “how to do I entertain a two-year-old,” I am sharing dozens of sensory-rich, play-based learning activities. These activities will keep your…

The Best Outdoor Cognitive Activities for Toddlers

The Best Outdoor Cognitive Activities for Toddlers

Outdoor cognitive activities for toddlers are engaging, sensory-stimulating ways to build essential thinking skills. Here are dozens of outdoor cognitive activities based on the cognitive skills: Types of Outdoor Cognitive Activities: Outdoor play has a significant impact on cognitive development for early learners. Toddlers begin learning about the relationship between themselves and the natural world….

8 Types of Outdoor Learning Activities for an 18-Month-Old

8 Types of Outdoor Learning Activities for an 18-Month-Old

Outdoor learning activities help develop all domains of learning. Playing outside allows toddlers to explore the natural world through hands-on play. Outdoor play also allows for risk-taking play, an essential piece of toddler development. Outdoor learning stimulates all the senses, including the proprioceptive and vestibular senses. Already feel like you know about toddler sensory development?…

18+ of the Best Sensory Learning Activities for 18-Month-Olds

18+ of the Best Sensory Learning Activities for 18-Month-Olds

Toddlers learn best by exploring and experimenting. Sensory activities stimulate the senses and help toddlers learn about the world. Look for ideas to capture your 18-month-old’s interest and spark curiosity. These sensory learning ideas are great for at home or in a toddler classroom! Indoor Sensory Learning Activities Felt Boards Create a felt board by…

Cognitive Activities: Ideas for Toddlers 1 to 3 Years Old

Cognitive Activities: Ideas for Toddlers 1 to 3 Years Old

As a developmental therapist working in early intervention, I’m excited to share my favorite cognitive activities for toddlers aged 1 to 3. These fun and developmentally appropriate activities can be enjoyed at home or in the classroom. Support toddlers’ cognitive development with interactive activities that enhance executive function and problem-solving. Cognitive Development Cognitive development is…