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Week 1: creep, crawl & climb

Posted by ATODDLERADAY

on APRIL 13, 2018

 

This week was great for improving gross motor skills. Elliott could get down on all fours, reach up like a swinging monkey and slither like a snake on the floor.

You’ll find that I deviate regularly from the lesson plan since some of the activities are either too advanced or too basic for the developmental stage that Elliott is at.

 

Monday

Language: The very quiet cricket

I’m sure you don’t have the time to get to a library nor are you able to buy each book in this curriculum, but if you are, then well done champ!

For the rest of us here’s a link to the book being read out loud and if you don’t like the narrator then mute it and you can  read it to your little one “LO”.

 

Play / Song : The Elephant Goes

Time to get silly; Make the actions for each animal (swing your arms like an elephant’s trunk, put hands on head for rhino’s hat, etc)

This is the way the elephant goes , With a curly trunk instead of a nose
The rhino all hairy and fat , Has a sharp horn in place of a hat
The hippo with his mouth so wide, Let’s see what’s inside
The wiggly snake upon the ground, Crawls along without a sound
But monkey see, monkey do
Is the funniest animal I ever knew!

 

Motor: The Crab Crawl

This one is great if your little one “LO” is at the crawling stage.

How to: roll up a blanket then wrap it under baby’s chest, hold ends of blanket with hands, raising baby slightly off ground, so he can bend arms/knees. Place some toys in front of baby so he can reach forward. 

 

Sensory: Dirt, grass and water

If your backyard looks anything like ours then you shouldn’t take your LO out for this activity… but they so enjoy the simple treats. Yep moms I said treats, not teats.

Get a picnic blanket, gather some strands of grass, leaves of various sizes and colours, sand and very little water (at least for the CapeTonians experiencing the drought) . Now let the little kiddos explore.

Tips: If they’re tiny then tickle them with the leaves and grass. Help them dip their hands into a pile of sand.

If they’re older allow them to help you find leaves big and small. Let them bring out a toy truck and go sandpit driving.

  

Tuesday

Language: Rumble in the jungle

Play/Songs: Five Little Monkeys

I just adore this, can’t find the original rendition but this is close enough:

Three little monkeys swinging in the tree
teasing Mr. Alligator can’t catch me….can’t catch me
along came Mr. Alligator quiet as can be
and snapped that monkey out that tree

Two little monkeys swinging in the tree
teasing Mr. Alligator can’t catch me….can’t catch me
along came Mr. Alligator quiet as can be
and snapped that monkey out that tree

One little monkeys swinging in the tree
teasing Mr. Alligator can’t catch me….can’t catch me
along came Mr. Alligator quiet as can be
and snapped that monkey out that tree
No more monkeys swinging in the tree!

 

Motor: Which creature?

I printed images of jungle animals and pasted them up around our home. Tell your LO that you’re going for a walk through the jungle.  As you walk, chant “Walking in the jungle” as you spot an animal say ” Stop! Whats that?” Elliott loved discovering some of these especially those just above his eye level.

TIP: Paste some higher up so that your LO can reach up towards it

 

Sensory: Elephants Nose

I printed a side profile picture of an elephant. Applied some glue to the trunk and attached cotton wool to it. This is pretty much your 1page version of a touch&feel book.

You can add any product that will drastically contrast the paper.  E.g. crumple up plastic, sand, sandpaper.

 

Wednesday

Language: snake sounds

Tip: emphasise the sss

“A Silly Slippery Snake” 

(tune: “If you’re happy and you know it”)

Oh, I wish I was a silly, slippery snake.
Oh, I wish I was a silly, slippery snake.
Oh I’d slither across the floor,
And I’d slip under the door
Oh, I wish I was a silly, slippery snake.

Play & Songs: I am a snake
…standing fingerplay activity

I have no legs. I have no arms. (arms down close to body)
I can take off my skin. (pretend to pull off skin)
I wiggle my tongue. (like this wiggle tongue)
I’m very, very thin.  (hands on ribs, slide them down)
I can open my mouth so wide.  (open mouth)
And eat my dinner whole.  (rub tummy)
I can curl up nice and tight, (squat down low)
Or stretch out like a pole.  (stretch up tall)

 

Motor: Building Trees

Use soft blocks to build a tower.  With Elliott we get up to 3 stacked blocks and then he rushes in to destroy the tower. We did this about one hundred times, relentless!

 

Sensory: scrunchy scarves

You’ll need: scarves and an roller towel tube. Tie a few scarf ends to make a length of about 2 metres.

Encourage your LO to tug at the scarf. This activity engages your LO in understanding object permanence.

 

Thursday

Language: In The Tall Tall Grass

Play& Songs: I Went to the Jungle One Day

Sung to: London Bridges

I went to the jungle one day, jungle one day, jungle one day,
I saw a monkey on the way and this is what he said, “oh-oh-oh-oh.”
I went to the jungle one day, jungle one day, jungle one day
I saw a lion on the way and this is what he said, “roar.”
I went to the jungle one day, jungle one day, jungle one day
I saw a snake on the way and this is what he said, “hiss.”

I went to the jungle one day, jungle one day, jungle one day,
I saw an elephant on the way and this is what he said, “trumpet.”

I went to the jungle one day, jungle one day, jungle one day,
I saw a hyena on the way and this is what he said, “ha ha ha ha ha.”

 

Motor: Fruit Transfer

You could attempt sliding on the floor like a snake but I went with the fruit instead;

You’ll need: Pot of oranges or apples and a sectioned tray or a muffin pan.

Get LO to transfer fruit from the pot to the muffin pan.

This one is great because it encourages motor skills and your LO can learn about sorting simultaneously.

 

Sensory: leaf painting

I use edible paint that can be mixed at home with two basic ingredients: Plain yoghurt + food coloring.

What you’ll need:

Drop sheet for all the mess.

Gather leaves.

Paint ingredients. Go crazy

Or alternative: leaf collection

Place LO on a blanket in garden. Let him/her touch grass, leaves etc with hands & feet.

Ask what type of leaves he/she sees:

Long, short, thin, round?

What colour do they see?

Are they smooth or scratchy or crunchy?

 

Friday

Language: Up and Down book

Play & Songs: Way up High in the Apple Tree

Way up High in the Apple Tree
(hands up)
Two little apples smiled at me
(hold up two fists)
I shook the tree as hard as I could
(shake hands)
Down came the apples
(hands in lap)
Mmm, were they good
(pat tummy)'

 

Motor: Vines, Vines and More Vines

Hang all your LO’s soft fluffy animal toys up on your laundry line. Elliott just LOVED this. I held him up and he just reached away for his favourite cuddly toys. He could do this a hundred times and still not get bored.

Sensory: Play dough vines

 

You could just roll play dough into narrow strips and flail them about or get some uncooked spaghetti and make a lion’s mane as per below.

 

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A Toddler a day

 

This blog is a daily curriculum for infants and toddlers who are at home.

The purpose of this blog is to share the material that I’ve put together for my Little One over the past few months.

the curriculum comprises of weekly themes broken up into 4 daily activities:
Language
Play/Song
Motor
Sensory/Science

I hereby declare that I am not a trained educator. I’m just a mom trying to do the best that I can so that my boy jump at as many opportunities that pass his way.

 

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Week 2: In the Kitchen

Posted by ATODDLERADAY

on APRIL 20, 2018

 

Thanks for all the congratulatory texts for the launch of A Toddler A Day. I’d love to read your comments about how some of the activities went.

Many of our attempts at this homeschooling experiment were disastrous, however the magical moments that you do get to share with your developing kiddo is priceless.

 

Monday

Language: My Kitchen

Pick your LO up and show them around your kitchen pointing out and naming all of the major appliances or whatever cool stuff you may have. Repeat a few times and randomly when you are in the kitchen. Share basic information about an object such as “the kettle is quite amazing, it boils water so warmly and so quickly so that mama can make many cups of coffee”

 

Play/Song: Kitchen Orchestra

One of my all time favourites. Raid your cupboards, gather pots, pans, Tupperware, wood, hardened glass and connect with your ancestors in a hypnotic drumming session or go loco and just bang those pots and pans to a tune of your choice.

Needed: Pots, pans, Tupperware, Wooden Spoons, Plastic spoons

 

Motor: Pompom drop

This activity helps to develop your LO pincer grip and hand dexterity. Assist your LO in transferring cotton wool from a bowl to a jar or an ice/egg tray

Younger ones can start with transferring cotton wool into a jar. And when more confident they can graduate to a tray.

Needed: Ice tray or jar Cotton wool balls

 

Motor: Sponge Bath

Give your LO a few sponges (bonus if they’re multi colored or multi textured) to liven up this water play. Your LO will love squeezing out the water from the sponge, which will develop hand strength and understanding of cause and effect.

Needed: A small bowl of water (use a heavy bowl as this minimizes big spills), Sponges, Some plastic cups, bowls, cutlery

 

 

Tuesday

Language: Stir and pour

This one teaches new words and engages your LO in gross motor movement. Provide a little tutorial while explaining that there’s pasta in the bowl and you need to keep stirring it. Show the stirring process in big exaggerated movements. Lastly show your LO how to pour some water into the pasta bowl.

Needed:  Large deep set bowl or pot, Longish spoon, Big uncooked Pasta shells or similar, A cup of water

It’s fun, it’s noisy and pasta might be strewn all over your home.

 

Play & Song: I’m a little Tea Pot

This is such a cute tune, I remember my Pre-primary school teacher Ms Solomons teaching this one to us. Apparently it dates back to 1941.
here goes:

I’m a little teapot
Short and stout
Here is my handle (one hand on hip)
Here is my spout (other arm out straight)

When I get all steamed up
Hear me shout
“Tip me over and pour me out” (lean over towards spout)

I’m a clever teapot,
Yes it’s true
Here let me show you
What I can do
I can change my handle
And my spout (switch arm positions)
Just tip me over and pour me out! (lean over toward spout)

 

Motor: Bubbles are a Popping

This is a fail safe activity. Simply blow bubbles and get your kiddo to chase after and catch them.

Needed: Bubbles

 

Sensory: Bubbles in the Sink

Your LO will love splashing the water without bubbles, but this will just blow his/her top. Simply add bubble bath. The idea is that they will be washing the dishes in a bowl.

Needed:  Bowl of water, Bubble Bath, Plastic crockery

 

 

Wednesday:

Language: Basket of Food

Round up a bowl with various foods in it and just tell a story about it. Example: Tomatoes, Onion, Spaghetti, Garlic

Today, Mama will chop the onion (lift it, turn it, spin it on the floor) and add it to the pot, like this; then add in some pungent garlic (here, smell it) and then chop up some red tomatoes (this gives a lovely acidic flavour and adds colour) and lastly we’ll boil the spaghetti separately and voila, you have a meal of spaghetti and sauce.

Needed: Food of choice or my suggestion: Tomatoe, onion, garlic, spaghetti

 

Play & Songs: Make a Pancake

Make a pancake, pat, pat, pat.
Do not make it fat, fat, fat.
You must make it flat, flat, flat.
Make a pancake just like that!

 

Motor: Fill the Basket

Gather a bunch of oranges and let your LO fill the basket with oranges or fill a muffin tray. Count the oranges as you fill it for additional skill acquisition.

Needed: Bag of oranges, Muffin pan / segmented dish

 

Sensory: Ribbon Box

Your LO will just love tugging at various ribbons or crepe paper or anything similar.

Needed: a bib box that LO can sit in, Ribbons, shoe laces, gift wrap, etc of  various colours, sizes, textures glue or staples

 

 

Thursday

Language: Where is the Apple?

Hide a bunch of apples all around the house, then take your LO on a treasure hunt to find the fruit under pillows, on chairs, in cupboards (don’t forget about them), behind doors, etc.

Play & Song: Do you know the Muffin Man?

Oh, do you know the muffin man,The muffin man, the muffin man,

Oh, do you know the muffin man,Who lives in Drury Lane?

Second Verse:

Oh, yes, I know the muffin man, The muffin man, the muffin man,
Oh, yes, I know the muffin man, Who lives in Drury Lane.

More Second Verse/Responses:

Oh, two of us know the muffin man,The muffin man, the muffin man,
Oh, two of us know the muffin man,
Who lives in Drury Lane.

Now we all know the muffin man,The muffin man, the muffin man,
Now we all know the muffin man,
Who lives in Drury Lane.

 

Motor: Hand Over Hand Game

This is a simple, fun and social game that helps develop your LO hand eye coordination. However I found that it really doesn’t work when they are super small.

This game can be done on the floor or in a high chair. Place your hand palm down on the floor or table. Put your baby’s hand on top, palm down as well. Next, place your other hand on top of his hand. Your baby should place his free hand on top of your hand (you may need to help and encourage him the first few times). Finally, pull out your bottom hand and cover his hand again. Repeat until he tires of the game.

It may take several tries before your baby catches on, but be patient. Eventually he’ll love to play it!

If you’d like a video tutorial please request it on the comment section and I’ll create one.

 

 Sensory: Rainbow Jelly

Sadly we’ve not tried this one yet, but it’s on my to do list. Make sure your LO is not on slippery tiles as I imagine that could be quite dangerous. Enjoy.

Needed: Jelly, Drop sheet

 

 

Friday

Language: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

 

Play & Song: Pat-A-Cake

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man.
Bake me a cake as fast as you can,
Pat it (Pat the ground)

and prick it (jab a finger to the ground)

and mark it with B,
And put it in the oven for baby and me.

 

 

Motor: Feeding Me

Place your LO on a surface that you can easily sweep / mop up!

Needed: A plastic spoon, Cereal in a plastic bowl

good luck with the clean up. My LO loved this activity as it instills a sense of confidence and independence, and boy doesn’t he love to show independence at all of 16 months.

 

Sensory: Pre-Christmas Cake Dig … compliments of Susan Rabe

My grocer sells risen bread dough, get some or make your own. Hide some of your LO miniature toys in it. Lead your LO into digging through it to find the toys. This is great for building hand strength and if you want to take it one step further, then you can make moulds of stick men or something similar.

Needed: Mixed and risen bread / cake dough, Small toys, Biscuit moulds maybe, not necessary 

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Week 3: All about me

 

Posted by ATODDLERADAY

on APRIL 30, 2018

 

 

Monday

Language: So Big

Do you remember the tune of the Big Corn Bites commercial?

The best I could come up with for this activity was to get pictures of big and small things. So whenever we scrolled to the Big object then I’d sing the silly tune and point to it.

Herewith some pics that you can use compliments of the internet:

 

Play & Song: who stole the Cookie?

Elliott doesn’t speak as yet, so I became very animated to get him involved in this activity.

You: Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? (Look around with a confused expression )

Elliott stole the cookie from the cookie jar. (do a big Pointing gesture to your LO)
LO: Who, me?
You: Yes, you!
LO: Couldn’t be! Not me! It Wasn’t me! You: Then who?

 

Motor : textured crawl

Tape a long piece of butcher paper to the floor. Tape squares of various textured goodies onto the paper for your LO to discover.

Examples of textured items:

Tin foil, Bubble wrap

Velvet or fleece clothing

Sandpaper, Coldpack

Your LO will naturally be drawn to the floor. Do describe to your LO what textures they are experiencing.

Smooth, shiny, bumpy, scratchy or rough.

 

Sensory: Gently does it

Guide your LO hand around your face.
Point out where your nose, eyes, ears, cheeks, chin, forehead are.
Guide him to touch your face gently
Do it a few times, maybe even do it on a picture first

 

Tuesday

Language: Photo Collage

I pasted photos of those dearest to my LO onto a board and recited their names and pointed each time that we went to the board. Elliott just kept returning to the board all through the day.

Pics of mom, dad, siblings, grandparents, cousins, pets.

 

Play & Song: Where is baby’s nose?

Standing in front of a mirror, show your LO where his nose is.
“Where is your nose” and if you have books with baby faces, point to their noses.

 

Motor: Roll my ball

Use his hands to roll a ball.

Place a bucket on its side on the floor and make it a goal to roll the ball into the bucket.

Sensory: Peek-a-boo

There are three ways to play this game

Sourced from wikihow. I’ll show you the first two ways here and the others tomorrow

Second way:

‘Play peekaboo with a toy. try hiding one of their favorite toys under a blanket and letting them find it. When the baby finds the toy, remember to say something like ‘You found it” Let the baby try to pull the blanket up or away to reveal the toy. Reward the baby with lots of verbal praise when he does this’.

 

Wednesday

Language: Where is?

Ask: Where is Mommy? / Where is Daddy? / Where is Ma ? / Where is Pa? / Where is Elliott? etc

Refer to photos used yesterday.

 

Play & Song: Ten Little Toes, Two Small feet

 

Motor: Let’s walk

If your LO walks already then go for a stroll. Tell him or her:

Look, you are using two legs to walk

Using feet to walk

Bending his knees when walking

Explain that his legs have feet at the ends and that his feet have toes on their ends. Etc

 

Sensory: water play

Get a big bowl or baby bath and allow your baby to play with the water. Remain at their side for all water activities.

 

Thursday

Language: Are you my mother?

 

Play & Song: Bye, baby bunting

Bye, baby bunting
Daddy’s gone a hunting
To get a little rabbit skin
To wrap his baby bunting in
Bye, baby bunting
Daddys gone a hunting
To get a little lambie skin
To wrap his baby bunting in
Bye, baby bunting
Daddys gone a hunting
A rosy wisp of cloud to win To wrap his baby bunting in

 

Motor: Peekaboo for +6 month olds

 

Sensory: My Hand Print

Make edible paint and let your LO touch, play, eat the paint.
You will need
— Yogurt
— Food Coloring
– drop sheet
– paper
Mix the yogurt and a few drops of the food coloring together to create your finger paints!

Place your paper on the floor and voila

 

Friday

Language: This is the Way We Say Goodbye

Tune: Mulberry Bush

This is the way we say goodbye, Say goodbye, say goodbye.
Ihis is the way we say goodbye. At school every dayr
We give our friends a big high five, A big high five, o big high five, We give our friends a big high five, When say goodbye!

 

Play & Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet. (stomp stomp)
If you re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)
If you re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, do all three (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!) If you’re happy and you know it, do all three (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it If you’re happy and you know it, do all three. (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)

 

Motor: beach ball rock

With your beach ball or a pilates ball.
• Sit your baby on the ball. Hold his bottoms firmly on the ball and rock him side to side. Encourage him to balance on it while you move him.

Sensory & science: Fun with Feathers

firmly on the ball and rock him side to side. Encourage him to balance on it while you move him.

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Week 4: ABC's and 123's

 

Posted by ATODDLERADAY

on May 15, 2018

 

Now to work: I’m going to be really brief…ABC’s and 123’s

 

Monday

Language: This Little Piggy

Play & Songs: Five Little Ducks

Motor: Baby Pull Ups

Be Gentle here. Hold Babies hands firmly and slowly and gently raise your LO by the hands. sort of like a crunch. Repeat a few times. My LO loved this when he wasn’t very mobile.

Sensory: Where did the Number go?

Play peekaboo with a soft toy, I had no numbers to play with.

Cover LO’s toys with a pillow or blanket, then unveil. This explores the concept of object permanence.

object permanence

 

Tuesday

Language: Animal countdown

Describe what you see, colour of geese, shape of the ball, etc.

Play & Songs: Ten Fingers

Motor: Building Towers

Use blocks to build towers. If you dont have blocks, then stack scatter cushions into a pile. Knock them down, count them, throw them in the sky. Just move and have fun.

Sensory: Number painting

Draw the outline of numbers onto a sheet of paper.

Get paint and let your LO paint in the numbers, or really everywhere except for in the numbers.

 

Wednesday

Language: One Sheep, Blue Sheep

Play & Songs: number songs

Motor: the ants go marching

Lyrics:
The ants go marching one by one
Hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching one by one
Hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching one by one
The little one stops to suck his thumb
And they all go marching down to the ground to get out of the rain
Boom boom boom

The ants go marching two by two
Hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching two by two
Hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching two by two
The little one stops to tie his shoe
And they all go marching down to the ground to get out of the rain
Boom boom boom
The ants go marching three by three
The little one stops to climb a tree

The ants go marching four by four
The little one stops to shut the door

The ants go marching five by five
The little one stops to take a dive

The ants go marching six by six
The little one stops to pick up sticks

The ants go marching seven by seven
The little one stops to pray to heaven

The ants go marching eight by eight
The little one stops to roller skate

The ants go marching nine by nine
The little one stops to check the time

The ants go marching ten by ten

The little one stops to shout, “The End!”

Sensory: Eating Alpha-Bits

Give your LO food to touch, hold, squash, play with.

A= avocado, B=banana, C=carrot, D=donut, E=egg : these are just examples of food to use. Discuss the names and how they start with a letter of alphabet

If you have an older kiddo, shape the food into letters of the alphabet.

 

Thursday

Language: waving Hello and Goodbye

get two soft toys in and get them to greet each other a few times… then play out a scene where the one soft toy walks in and says hi. then says bye and walks out.

Play & Songs: Five Little Monkeys

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell down and bumped his head,
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!
Four little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell down and bumped his head,
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!
Three little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell down and bumped her head,
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!
Two little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell down and bumped his head,
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!
One little monkey jumping on the bed,
She fell down and bumped her head,
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
Put those monkeys right to bed!

Motor: Ten in the bed
every time you sing roll over then roll your baby over from back to tummy and if you have a toddler, roll around with him or her.

There were ten in the bed
And the little one said,
“Roll over! Roll over!”
So they all rolled over and
one fell out

There were nine in the bed
There were eight in the bed
There were seven in the bed

6, 5, 4 and then

There were three in the bed
And the little one said,
“Roll over! Roll over!”
So they all rolled over and one fell out

There were two in the bed
And the little one said,
“Roll over! Roll over!”
So they all rolled over and one fell out

There was one in the bed
And the little one said,

“Alone at last!”

Sensory: Matching Game

Matching games or problem solving games help your LO develop early reasoning skills

You’ll need:a pot and a lid

a fork and a knife

a comb and a brush

Action: scramble these objects then invite your LO to find the matching part of the duo. Then you do it, then your LO again.

 

Friday

Language: What’s Next

Sing two songs that your LO is familiar with.

The wheels on the bus

itsy bitsy spider

do the round motion of the wheels on the bus, and let your LO anticipate the action or the words.

Play & Songs: ABC-XYZ song

Motor; Crawl to the Toy

Hide some of your LO’s toys and get him to chase after them.

Sensory: Number Fun

Show your LO various numbers, make them bright and catchy. Stick them on the walls and on the floors, places he will not expect it and discuss it each time you see the number in your home. stamp your feet 5x if you see the number five.

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