I love taking a sensory play idea, like an ice sensory bin, and adding other early learning ideas to the activity. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I’m always looking for ways to add a language development angle to any activity and this one didn’t disappoint! Here's what we used to set up this simple activity:
My mom vowed that she would do everything she could to make reading easier for me than it was for her, and so she read to me every day from infancy. And it worked! I was a complete bookworm all through school. BUT what if you have a resistant reader (aka resistant listener) from the start? Maybe you are trying to read to your infant or toddler but they are just not interested. Don’t worry – I’ll talk about that too!
I wanted to let my little Valentine join in the festivities, but finding Valentine’s Day activities for toddlers isn’t so easy! Of course she always loves . . .
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!
Sorting activities can range from super simple to more complex – making it great for toddlers (starting around 15-18 months) all the way up to early elementary. It also keeps little hands and bodies busy, which is always a plus! One reason that sorting is so great for language development is because
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:
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: