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11 Powerful Benefits of Heuristic Play for Child Development

11 Powerful Benefits of Heuristic Play for Child Development

Key Points During my infant/toddler CDA (Child Development Credential) training, I first learned about heuristic play. Throughout my years working with children, I’ve continually revisited heuristic play, witnessing its profound impact on their play and learning. Let’s explore those powerful benefits. Then, I welcome you to visit my post on heuristic play examples and the…

Heuristic Play: Simple, Impactful Ideas for Babies and Toddlers

Heuristic Play: Simple, Impactful Ideas for Babies and Toddlers

Heuristic play is important because it offers young children their first encounters with everyday objects. While they delight in discovery, they are also forming a foundational understanding of items they will use for the rest of their lives. As a developmental therapist with over ten years of experience in classrooms and homes, I’ve witnessed the…

The Magic of Container Play: Boost Baby & Toddler Learning

The Magic of Container Play: Boost Baby & Toddler Learning

As a developmental therapist, I regularly recommend container play to parents and infant/toddler teachers. This simple, open-ended activity has powerful learning benefits, and the best part—children love it! Key Points Definition: What is Container Play? Container play is a type of play where babies and toddlers explore putting objects into containers and dumping them out….

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…

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…