There are quite a few ways to thread pasta as a fine motor activity or a "keep-your-preschooler-busy" activity. You can have kids thread any pasta or cereal with a hole in it onto straws, yarn, pipe cleaners, or spaghetti. Here’s what we used:
Toddlers and preschoolers take baths A LOT! Heck, I throw my toddler in the tub sometimes when she’s still clean - just so she can play! If you have a child that enjoys bath time, it’s a great opportunity to work on communication and language development. So . . .How Can You Increase Language Development in the Bathtub? Here are 7 tips to try:
This is just a quick post to share a great program that sends free books to your child! When Sylvie was born, the wonderful nurses at our hospital practically forced us to sign up for the Dolly Pardon’s Imagination Library program (not that I’m complaining!). They even offered to mail in the registration form for us, which was great since I was in a pain-medication-induced fog after an unexpected C-section.
Sensory bins are always a hit in our house! And keep reading to find out about my sensory bin FAIL :( Once again I got most of my fillers from the Dollar Tree or the grocery story including:
Back when I lived in Boston and worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the schools, one of my favorite teachers that I worked with recommended this book from the school’s book fair. I’m so glad she did because this book has gotten A LOT of use over the past few years during therapy with preschoolers and now with my own little girl! Here’s how YOU can use this book to increase language development with your child:
OMG – thanks to my sister-in-law for telling me to throw a bunch of crayons into a giant cardboard box with my tot. It's a great, independent play activity! Plus, it’s really cute. It’s like Sylvie gets to draw on the walls, but it’s totally okay (and she’s happily contained – he he.)
Before your toddler is even talking, he is a sponge – absorbing everything you say! That’s why it’s important HOW YOU talk to your toddler in order to help him learn to talk. This is especially true if your child is a late talker or has special needs. Three things that I do with my clients and with my own toddler are called Parallel Talk, Self-Talk and Expansion. Below I’ll go over each of these ideas – they are really simple to incorporate into your day! And keep reading to learn more about how to determine what level to talk to your child. Side note: Even if…
Here is the first in our series of posts on “How to Get Your Toddler Talking Using Cooking Activities.” Hope you enjoy! Cooking with your child is a great opportunity for all types of learning - especially language development. Plus, it is a great bonding experience that could lay the foundation for cooking together as your child grows! Extra bonus of cooking with your kids: They are more likely to try new foods when they feel a part of the cooking process, have handled the food, and have a sense of pride about what they helped to make! Case in point - Sylvie eating a green bean (She usually turns…
Here is the next article in our series on “How to Get Your Toddler to Talk” using simple, classic toys. Hope you enjoy! Good Ol’ Mr. Potato Head. He’s silly looking and targets learning the basic body parts, two things that toddlers love – Win Win!
This Halloween sensory bin for toddlers (or older kids – I even enjoy playing with it!) was a hit in our house! And as a bonus I got everything I needed from the dollar store 🙂 Not only was this a great interactive activity to work on language development and fine motor skills, but Sylvie also played with it independently (but supervised since she still occasionally puts things in her mouth) for 20 minutes! That means I had time to work on my computer and fold laundry while she played happily next to me – score! This post may contain affiliate links, which means we could…