Posted in Activities & Enrichment, Education, Toddlers

What are some learning activities to do with your 1 yr old ??

  • Anonymous
    Jun 22

    Toddlers learn best by play :) go for a walk and crunch the leaves with your feet, talk about how the air is hot, talk about how you run fast and you run slow, come inside and wash hands together, let toddler pull down their own pants for a diaper change, have toddler stand on a stool and watch you cook lunch, let them hold a spoon and talk about the sticky jelly and the soft bread you’re using. To me, learning about the world is PLENTY right now. Especially while they are still learning words/meanings

  • Anonymous
    Jun 24

    In addition to anons suggestions, you can also start introducing concepts like colors. My daughters school was doing some really simple color sorting things at that age. Things like take a muffin tin, tape a colored piece of construction paper to the bottom, then take things like colored Pom poms or even more colored construction papers and sort them into different tins. Also her school kind of picks different themes each month to help them focus on new aspects of play. For example, they will say, “next month we will learn about things that are up in the sky.” And then that whole month they will focus on making Moon and star and cloud mobiles, talking about bugs with wings and birds and and helicopters and airplanes, etc. it’s a simple way to just focus what you want to do and I found that my daughter is a lot more aware during and after each month! One month was an entire community helper theme and she’s acutely aware of every ambulance, fire truck, police car, and the people driving them now, as well as doctors and nurses, etc. it’s adorable!!

  • Anonymous
    Jun 24

    Also, I should have suggested if you’re on instagram you can try following busytoddler. She has good suggestions but most things I have to adapt to smaller ages because my daughter is only 22 months. Oh another thing with the hot weather is simple things like water play. Sooooo much fun and you learn a lot!!! Or even mix and make your own bubble solution, stuff like that. Also my daughters first day in her toddler classroom (she was 13 months at the time) they mixed up their own play doh from scratch and went to town. I was really surprised because I didn’t think a 13 month old (especially my crazy 13 month old, lol) would be capable of such an activity but she was and she loved it!!! So on those too hot summer days, try something like that indoors!!! They would mix up their own play doh then take plastic animals and make foot prints in it and just simple, fun stuff like that. And it’s mostly salt and flour and food coloring so at the end you don’t feel super wasteful tossing it In the trash...just wait till nap time because when I tried it at home there was allll sorts of drama when the play doh went bye bye in the trash can. Never again!! Lollll.

  • Megan
    Jul 01

    Yes I agree with above comments! We go on walks and point out every little thing and repeat over and over. Can get exhausting but it works wonders. We would point out every tree, bush, flower, car and then later we would work in colors than a little later numbers. Like look there is a red car! Oh wow look two trees! Two green trees! Make yourself sound super excited about it! That helps. Lots of singing helped my daughter and an easy thing you can do when you don’t know what else to do. Sing the ABCs. Nursery rhymes are great but singing learning songs when in the car or giving them a bath helps. Next thing you know they’ll start singing them. Out of no where my daughter sang the entire ABCs and counted to 10 when doing her “stretches” one.