One way that young children learn about shapes is by comparing the similarities of shapes and matching similar shapes. This activity will help your child learn to distinguish and sort different shapes.
Toddlers often experience a vocabulary spurt during these months. A toddler who has a vocabulary of about 50 words may add about 50 more words in just a matter of months! You may want to keep a diary of the new words your toddler is using.
Whether your photos are in a scrapbook, a photo album or in a digital file, toddlers will enjoy looking at the faces and hearing the stories behind them. Your toddler will enjoy seeing smiling faces and colorful pictures, and her oral language skills will grow as you recall the stories that go with the snapshots.
This simple take-along activity can help you become a storyteller no matter where you are. Just pull out a photo card and describe what you see.
Toddlers imitate what they see and hear you do. As they grow, they become more involved in imaginative play and use what they learn from watching you. Let your child explore his imagination by providing items for pretend play.
Your child at this stage of beginning writing may be able to grasp a crayon with her thumb and finger. To promote grasping and using the small muscles of the fingers, you and your child can make your own jewelry.
Activities that help your child build and create will help her to become ready to engage in skills such as drawing, writing and cutting. Playing with puzzles increases eye-hand coordination and visual discrimination, and strengthens finger muscles.
Your child at this stage of beginning writing may be learning to grasp a crayon with his thumb and finger and begin to imitate scribbles, circles and vertical lines. These beginning fine motor activities lay the foundation needed for learning how to hold a pencil and write his name.
Sing the alphabet song with your child. This is an early exposure to the alphabet, and at this age you can just have fun singing this popular tune.
Nature is a natural play space. Noticing the similarities and differences in shapes you find in nature will prepare your child for recognizing letter shapes in the future.