Friday, March 27, 2009

For Busy Toddlers

Joshua is such a happy, playful, busy toddler who constantly discovers new things. This is the time in his life where he explores and learns. But sometimes mommy is busy with other chores and must look for ways to keep Kurdapyo busy as well. Here's an exerpt from the "Parenting," hmmm... will definitely give it a try to keep Joshua busy with fun activities!

What to have on hand
Create a special box or drawer filled with the following supplies that your child can use only during your "coworking" times.

Tools: Glue stick, masking tape, markers, kid-safe blunt scissors
Handmade books: Scrap-paper books, quickly stapled together, are a more exciting place for collages, scribbles, and stickers than single pages.
Interesting junk mail: Invitations, toy catalogs, odd-size or colored envelopes, giveaway stickers and mailing labels, paper mailing tubes, checkbook boxes
Precut pictures: From catalogs, junk mail, and duplicates of your photos.

Stick 'em up
What you'll need: Pad of sticky notes, crayons
Best for: 1 and up

Stick a few rows of notes to a wall or the side of your desk and have your toddler take them off and put them back up again (and again!).
Hand your older toddler a pad of notes and a few crayons and say, "Would you draw a picture on each, and then decorate this door?"
Write a number from 1 to 20 or an individual letter -- from the alphabet, or just the ones in your child's name -- on each sticky note. Place the numbers or letters out of order on the wall and challenge your preschooler to put them in order.
If your child counts but doesn't yet recognize numbers, put one star on one note, two stars on the next one, and so forth. Then he can also line up his notes by the number of stars.
Magic pictures
What you'll need: Masking tape, paper, markers or crayons
Best for: 18 months and up

Make a house or letter of the alphabet by putting strips of tape on a piece of paper. Have your child color the entire page.
Once she's colored the whole page, carefully remove the tape to show her the picture beneath.