21 Activities to Engage Your Toddler
This time of year I see so very many moms stressed out over whether or not they are doing enough to homeschool their little ones. I have been homeschooling my children for over 15 years and have had seven of my children graduate from high school and want to offer some encouragement to you mothers with little ones at home.
Toddlers and preschoolers love nothing more than to be involved in real “work”. As Maria Montessori put it, play is the work of the child. Just look at these photos of Apollo. He is 100% engaged in the important job of learning. Only he doesn’t see it that way, he sees it as helping. And that is just fine with me. Talk to your child. Invite them into your daily activities and chores. Ask them to help you. I promise this is enough.
If you are not sure where to begin, here is a list of 21 Ideas to Engage Your Preschooler:
1. Read a book.
2. Bake cookies.
3. Take a walk and talk about what you see, hear, smell and feel.
4. Hammer rocks, or nails or anything.
5. Build a fort out of pillows and blankets.
6. Listen to music with your eyes closed. Talk about the sounds, the instruments, how the music makes you feel.
7. Wash dishes by hand. Sort the silverware as you put it away. This may be a chore to you, but I guarantee your preschooler will love it.
8. Peel veggies.
9. Dig out your Tupperware and set your toddler loose. This will occupy him/her for a long time.
10. Practice walking like a bear. Hopping like a bunny. Slithering like a snake.
11. Give your toddler a spray bottle with water and vinegar and a dishcloth. Let him/her wash the walls.
12. Collect rocks in a bucket.
13. Wash the rocks you collected. Wash anything.
14. Let your preschooler slice olives with a butter knife.
15. Get a shirt and practice doing up the buttons.
16. Sort your spare change.
17. Drop the change piece by piece into a jar.
Tucker, not quite three, sorting spare change.
18. Empty the toy basket then refill it. Repeat.
19. Look at photos together.
20. Practice tossing folded socks into the laundry basket.
21. Be with your child.