I’m always curious what other people do with their days, so I thought I’d give you a glimpse into our toddler weekly “schedule” and the main things I try to include each week!
Whether you are hoping for that precious first word from your baby or you are wondering how to encourage your late talker, the following ideas are designed to be high-interest, 5-minute activities to sprinkle throughout your week!
Read on for the best activities we used to keep our sanity with two connecting flights and a toddler, including tips on which sippy cup to NOT bring on board! I ended up picking up one inexpensive toy/activity on a whim and it was the hit of the trip!
This post is inspired by the newfound “independence” of my toddler. (A.K.A saying, “No No No!” about everything). Once we get back home from our Christmas holiday traveling, I've decided to try using a toddler visual schedule. (It can be used for older kids too!) Want to try using a schedule along with us? Download a free visual schedule below with interchangeable icons. Let’s try this out together!
Sylvie has loved music since she was teeny tiny - my (off-key) singing would always bring a smile to her face. I would randomly pick a song to sing to her based on whatever my foggy, mom-brain could come up with in the moment. But sometimes I wondered, "What does she want to hear?" or "Which song does she like the best?" I've included a free, printable set of communication cards you can use to let your pre-talker or early talker pick which song he or she wants to hear!
You might be hoping that your little one will start talking any day now. Or maybe your have an infant (6-12 months) and are looking for some ways to build that foundation for talking. Here’s a question for you:
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:
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, has special needs, or is in speech therapy. Three things that I do with my clients in speech therapy 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…
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…