Friday, July 23, 2021

TODDLERS AND READING


Books can be our toddlers best friends, hence the importance to raise a reader. Reading from the early years has so many benefits. 


Start early and encourage reading in toddlers as early as possible. Few simple do's to help your toddler fall in love with books. 


📕 Read stories before naptime, afternoon and night. This gives them sound sleep at night. 

📕 Use songs and nursery rhymes to build phonetic awareness. Keep singing and talking to them, this improves their vocabulary and makes them talk sentences faster. 

📕 Display books everywhere, with their toys, on their bed,  so they are atracted to pick them up and read them. 

📕 Encourage toddlers to turn the pages and give them time reading and explaining the pictures thus building their vocabulary

📕 Read together and give a variety of 📚 books, like stories, nursery rhymes, picture talk, stickers .... 

📚 Be patient and make reading fun. Listen to your toddler, answer his questions and talk to them, allowing a two way conversation. 

📕 Ask questions while reading and make mistakes to check if your toddler is paying attention. If they are not paying attention we need to sharpen our story telling skills and make reading and story telling more interesting for them. 


Make books their best friend. Give a variety of story books and make reading exciting and fun. I remember reading a story book every night before bedtime and would love my bunny to grow up reading too. It's the most satisfying time of te day. A book in your hand and your head on the pillow. The best way to unwind before bedtime. 

Check out a parents guide to a reader for valuable tips Scholastic guide to readers


Monday, June 28, 2021

EXPLORE OUTDOORS

EXPLORE OUTDOORS

A walk in the garden helps toddlers explore all sorts of things. I was thrilled when bunny spotted a fallen branch of a tree and was exploring it to his fullest. Rather than saying 'No' we must allow them to experience their findings and help them learn. 


Exploring new things helps toddlers learn with experience which is the best form of leaning. They have enough toys at home but when outdoors everything in new for them, so instead of stopping them from touching stones or dry leaves. It's good to encourage them to touch, feel, pick up, learn and explore. Supervision is required that they don't take things in their mouth. 


Imaginative outdoor play helps improve

 🌴COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT by sparking curiosity and problem solving skills - where does the branch of the tree come from, What does it feel like?
🌳 GROSS MOTOR SKILLS - jumping over the branch, picking up the branch, reaching out for it, lifting it, walking with it. 
 🌈SENSORY INPUT - integral to developing brains - allows more complex neural pathways to develop.

It's important for toddlers to explore on their own and this way they learn so much. This simple activity teaches a toddler to balance. He was balancing himself well while moving the branch of the tree and this also improves the muscle coordination of the arms. Rather than saying the word no, we as parents must allow toddlers to explore the unexpected on their own. 
Let them learn, let them explore. Let them play, let them be happy 😊


Saturday, June 26, 2021

Hug a tree

Hug a tree 🌳🌲🌴


When a toddler hugs a tree it communicates love, friendship, support, and many other sentiments they wish to convey. A hug communicates to others that trees are an important part of our lives and they need a hug too. 


You can plant a tree to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, a promotion or a business success. Tree hugging is the easiest yoga art to connect you with nature.

The scientific explanation is Hugging a tree increases levels of hormone oxytocin. This hormone is responsible for feeling calm and emotional bonding. When hugging a tree, the hormones serotonin and dopamine make you feel happier.” Also studies have clearly shown that hugging a tree boosts the production of oxytocin.

Trees are good for the soul. They’re 
essential to the air we breathe. And they provide a royal example of strength and perseverance.


Tree hugging is the easiest yoga art to connect you with nature.” “If you want to have peace on this planet free of stress and turmoil, go to a tree, and hug it.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Early Science - Living things

Learning Living things #earlyscience

How we can teach our toddler what's a living thing. 


Make a chart with living things and when you go out ask your toddler to lookout for those living things. It's important to keep it simple and easy to identify. eg- fig, cat, trees, plants, ants... 


What to do with this activity?
Talk to your child about living things (like plants, animals, insects)

1) living things can grow.
2) living things need energy (plants from the sun and water, animals from food)
3) living things reproduce (plants shed seeds, animals have babies).
4) living things are sensitive, so need to be treated carefully.


When you are out and about, talk about what you see - which are the living things you see around you. 

As we explore nature we start learning about living things around us. 

I love our walks in the garden where we explore nature together and bunny learns so much. Early science with nature builds strong concepts and makes learning enjoyable. 


A simple #diy activity where I made a chart of living things he had to identify in the garden 🏡 and he showed me so many more.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Benefits of walking barefoot on grass

Benefits of walking barefoot on grass 

It's so important to ket toddlers walk barefoot on grass. It's advantages arecso many and it's as simple as talking off the socks and shoes of our little toddler and allowing them to walk on the grass. I'm so glad my bunny enjoys his time on the grass and I know he is benefitting in so many ways. 


👣Improves the posture of the toddler. Its a great exercise for the feet and it strengthens and stretches the muscles and ligaments in the feet, ankles and calves, keeping the posture upright. 


👣 Provides Vitamin D - Walking in the sun ☀️ on the grass provides toddlers with natural Vitaran D which is much needed for growth and development. 

👣Relieves stress- It's easy to release stress in toddlers by simple walking on the grass. A simple activity like collecting flowers from the grass keeps their mind occupied and releases stress. I find my bunny happy and contented after he plays and walks around on grass. 


👣Improved sleep in toddlers - A bit of earthing helps stabilize the toddlers body clock and helps maintain a healthy sleep and wake schedule - as per research and studies. 

👣Functions of different organs in the toddler gets regulated. 


Hence instead of stopping our toddlers from walking on the grass, fearing ants and getting dirty. We should not only encourage them to walk on the grass barefoot but walk along with them and gain the multiple benefits of walking barefoot on the grass.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Reasons why toddlers need to 🎨paint


Painting helps your toddler to communicate their emotions or feelings. Through the use of different colors, they  express themselves without the use of words. Painting allows toddlers an educational opportunity that is also fun and exciting.


The use of fingers and hands also provides them with concentration, balance, control, and strength which helps develop good motor skills, that enables a smoother transition into writing. It helps toddlers to explore their creativity and imagination in a stress free environment. 

I was amazed to watch bunny paint away and enjoy himself, it's a bit messsy but we mommies are used to it and we know that when there is a mess, there is loads of fun and learning happening.


7 reasons why toddlers need to paint

🎨Finger Painting is one of the most loved methods of painting for toddlers as it is not only easy for them to do but is also super fun, (it is slightly messy).


 🎨Toddlers gain many sensory benefits from this super fun way of painting, as they feel, smell, and touch the paint which directly enhances their senses. Toddlers enjoy mixing colours, teaching them how to explore the creation of new ones,  stimulates their intellectual development.

🎨 Painting helps develop muscle control.  Working with a brush or small tool helps develop fine motor skills  While working on large sheets of paper or at the easel helps develop large muscle control (Gross Motor skills).  Painting also helps develop toddlers hand eye coordination.

🎨The need of the hour - Painting helps relieve stress. Just like adults, toddlers get stressed too. Painting is one way your child can de-stress and a healthy way to express their feelings.

🎨Toddlers learns how to express their own feelings by transforming their own ideas and feelings onto paper.

🎨Painting  provides opportunity for toddlers to experience cause and effect. While painting, your child is also experimenting and thinking like a scientist. Allow your child to mix colors together to try new combinations and explore with the paint and color.

🎨Painting can help your toddler to learn colours faster and in a more practical and fun way.


It's cost effective and you can make your own paints at home as well. 

Sunday, May 16, 2021

KINETIC SAND SENSORY PLAY

BENEFITS OF KINETIC SAND

Kinetic Sand Sensory play

Toddlers love to explore and playing with kinetic sand helps them explore a different texture and build objects which demolish again and again. This builds their curiosity and patience. They want to know how something is being formed and then broken so easily. I live to watch his expressions when he makes it and then it disappears, he thinks it's something like magic and this cause makes him want to play more and more keeping him occupied and wanting to learn the effect. It's excellent for cause and effect learning for curious little minds. 


Kinetic sand has so many benefits for toddlers, it is beneficial in supporting the physical development such as fine motor skills. Social and emotional development can be supported by engaging with the kinetic sand as toddlers find it calming and relaxing. Kinetic sand provides a range of sensory experiences for toddlers. Feel free to introduce digger toys and scoops for longer hours of engaged play. I give him scoops, diggers and few clay moulding toys and he is occupied for around an hour. I supervise him since he takes things in his mouth but he didn't try tasting the kinetic sand. He did smell it a couple of times since it has a sweet fragrance. 


Toddlers practise so much and this enhances their fine motor skills, the scoopingis of objects, shaping of the sand in different shapes and sizes, squeezing the kinetic sand with their hands and palms, and also digging away in a kinetic sand sensory bin. This is excellent for proprioceptive sensory feedback.


Never keep your toddler unattended while playing with kinetic sand specially when they like taking things in their mouth. 

Kinetic sand is available on flipkart and Amazon and few toy shops as well. They come in a variety of colors and it's beneficial to teach colors as well. 

Let them play, let them explore, let them keep learning.