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3 Ways to Stimulate Young Toddler Minds
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Toddlerhood is an exciting stage in your child's development. It is a time when language, social, physical and cognitive skills begin to flourish. Toddlers are learning during every moment of their day, using all of their senses to explore. Here are a few ways to encourage cognitive and language development with these fun, everyday learning activities at home, courtesy of Parents.com.

Introduce Different Textures

Toddlers are sensory learners who love to touch, smell, and taste to understand the world around them. Use a dark marker to trace letters of the alphabet and/or numbers onto poster paper; then have your tot decorate the letters with textured items such as sandpaper, beans, cotton balls, pastas, and pipe cleaners. Touching the letters gives kids the opportunity to feel the way a letter is formed. For little ones learning to write, their fingers can experiment with the shape of a letter before grasping a writing utensil. Each day, say the letters and numbers out loud as your child runs his fingers over them. Later on, extend the activity by creating a poster that spells out his first name. Soon your child will notice these letters on signs, posters, and billboards.

Try Measuring Up

Using everyday items, teach your child to measure. Although a ruler is the most common measuring tool, experiment with months, seasons, or time of year to make the learning process interesting. In the fall, have your child lie down on the grass and then line up apples next to her to measure how many "apples tall" she is at certain ages. Or determine how many "Legos tall" the couch is or how many "wooden blocks wide" the refrigerator is in your home. For extra fun, discover how many of your child's books it will take to cover your bed. Always count as you lay down the different objects, and soon your child will be counting and measuring in all different ways!

Arrange a Scavenger Hunt

Children are natural investigators and they love to explore. Scavenger hunts can be created beforehand or invented on the spot. At the supermarket, search for foods that are one specific color (like purple) or look for objects of one shape (like a circle) around the house. If your child needs assistance, gather three objects for her to choose from while asking, "Which object is red? Which object is a circle?" Expand on the Label Your Household activity by arranging a scavenger hunt for different labeled items, or ask her to search the bookshelves for a specific letter, word, or number. You can also pretend you can't find the orange juice carton or a pair of socks. Send your child on a fun mission to locate the items in the house. 

You can read the full article by parents.com here

At Redd School, we engage your young explorers with an interactive, hands-on curriculum that channels their energy and excitement into positive learning experiences. Our classrooms are designed with age-appropriate materials and equipment in various learning centers like manipulative, art, sensory tables, language, and math. Circle time for sharing stories/music and discussing our theme of the week. Children are encouraged to explore the various centers independently, as well as work cooperatively with their friends.
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