As parents, we all want our children to be safe and happy. We also want our kids to grow into functional, successful adults and part of the way to do this is by encouraging them to learn. But if you’ve ever tried to teach your kids, you’ll know it’s not always a simple process.
Although most kids are naturally intuitive – if you’ve been through that phase where your little one asks never-ending questions then you’ll know the pain I’ve experienced – trying to directly engage toddlers with learning isn’t always successful. To help you, here are some things I’ve discovered that make educating your toddler more fun.
Trying to teach your toddler colours, shapes or numbers is great, but simply running through a number sequence won’t hold their attention. Instead, be creative. Ask them to build a tower with a certain number of blocks, create a rainbow with different colour toys, or make your own shape hopscotch.
There’s a reason nursery rhymes are so popular with kids (although they eventually drive us parents mad!): kids adore music. It’s also one of the easiest ways for your toddler to learn, without realising it. Sing popular rhymes that they already know or encourage them to use their imagination and make up new songs.
Kids love baking and getting involved in the kitchen. As well as good way to spend time as a family, baking encourages your toddler to learn through texture and also teaches them to be patient and wait. Try simple recipes that they can manage, such as cupcakes or cornflake cakes, and allow you toddler to really get stuck in.
Let’s face it, in the UK, the weather is generally terrible. So, when a sunny day does roll around, it’s a great excuse to make the most of it and learn outside. You could let them plant their own mini garden, plan an interactive scavenger hunt, or help their coordination with their first pair of Skate Hut skates.
Finally, if you have a toddler, then you’ll know that they don’t have the longest attention span. At this age, they’re too busy exploring and trying to understand the world around them. So, try to plan short and fun-filled activities as these will keep them engaged while also encouraging them to learn.
Hopefully these ideas make learning more fun.
Have you got any other ways of teaching your toddler?
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