You know how exciting it can feel when your child begins to grow and learn skills. Two of the main areas toddlers love to learn include learning about letters and people. You can encourage your toddler in these areas by providing him with fun and exciting activities about the alphabet and the people in his life.
Clothes Pin People
Create clothes pin people. Place a few round-top clothes pins on to a table top where your toddler can reach them and then place colorful, washable markers nearby. Allow your child to color the clothes pins to resemble mommy, daddy, and any brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and grandparents. Once finished, cut pieces of colorful yarn to glue on as hair. You could even use the clothes pin people to put on a whimsical puppet show for family members and friends.
Show your toddler how to make thumbprint people. Dip your toddlers thumb into tempera paint or washable ink, then press her thumb on to a sheet of construction paper. Repeat this process to create a thumbprint for each person in your family. Add on clothes using markers, and add on hair by gluing on pieces of yarn or macaroni. You can help your child label the paper with the name of each person next to the correct thumbprint.
Help your toddler create glitter letters. Place a sheet of construction paper flat on a table top, and squeeze out a letter in the alphabet with white glue on to the page. Allow your toddler to sprinkle glitter over the glue letter while you talk to her about the letter sounds or tell her words that begin with the letter. Create a glitter letter for the entire alphabet to hang up on her bedroom walls.
Show your toddler how to construct the letters of the alphabet using non-toxic Play-Doh. Roll out colorful Play-Doh into hotdog shapes, then form the shapes together to create all of the letters of the alphabet. While you form the letter shapes, sound out the letter to help your child learn how to say the letter when she begins to read.
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