Tag Archives: Games for Toddlers

Toddler Chore Chart

photo 2Several months ago we implemented simple chores into the kids’ morning routine.

The issue I immediately ran into was that toddlers need a way to keep track of what chores to do, but they can’t READ a list.

(And I REALLY don’t like nagging … er …having to be their verbal reminder)

All the charts I found online had the chore list written out and then a picture next to each item, but I decided to simplify the chart down to the bare bones, and this has worked wonderfully.

I also tacked each of the charts on their favorite color of card stock, put the first letter of their names on the top (because they can recognize ‘their’ name letter), and stuck it in protective sleeves.

As soon as we finish breakfast each morning, I put the charts in a central location, and they check their charts.

They usually race each other to finish, and I recently started rewarding the winner of the race with a nickel.

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On smooth mornings, we are dressed, with a clean house, and ready to start school half an hour after my husband leaves for work. (Not every morning is smooth, but even on rougher mornings the charts help the kids take responsibility, give us a stronger start and take pressure off.) I also made a chart for before supper. (The times I remember to use it, it works great, but we don’t usually get to it before my husband gets home.)

So these are the toddler chore charts that have worked for us. :-)

-Verity

Nativity Invitation to Play

PictureI absolutely love Invitations to Play!

They help children learn concepts, use their imaginations, and work to create something wonderful. I wanted to carry the idea into a simple nativity activity, so here is what I came up with.

 I made a list of characters who were present at the first Christmas. Then, I went around the house collecting items that I thought MIGHT pass as those characters. Therefore, this will look very different for everyone. You could use Legos or little people, stuffed animals or pictures, craft supplies or food items. Be creative and have fun! :-) Mostly, I just wanted the kids to be able to catch a general idea of who might pass as whom when they looked at the items.

I had the kids sit on the floor and I presented them with a container filled with stuffed animals and other items that could be used to create a nativity scene. I told them to be creative and to work together to try and recreate the nativity scene. I then left the room and got something else accomplished. :-)


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When I came back, here is what they had come up with!
Raggedy Ann and Andy are Mary and Joseph, Baby Jesus is wrapped in a blanket, the sheep with clothes on are the shepherds, and the sheep are the sheep. They didn’t use quite everything I had anticipated, but I thought it was pretty well done.

It’s a simple activity, but it causes the kids to think and to work together to apply what they have learned about Christmas. :-)

-Lydia

Toddler Activities with Colors

My two year old son and I have been doing a concentrated study on colors over the last few weeks. Like most kids, he knew basic colors, but would sometimes get them confused. Before we moved on to numbers and letters I wanted to be sure he truly had his colors down. After weeks of working through a Sesame Street color “textbook,” I decided it was time to get a little more hands on. Below, I will share with you what we did to review colors. I took a basic concept I found multiple places on Pinterest and elaborated it to fit our situation.

First, I cleared the dining room furniture off to the side to make space. Then, I used masking tape to attach 8 colors of construction paper to the floor. I highly recommend masking for any project that requires taping in the house. It sticks well, is easy to peel up, and never leaves residue. I could have used more paper colors than I did, but that was what was in the package. J I learned right away, that it IS important to tape all 4 sides of each sheet. You’ll notice a big taped rip in the blue sheet in future pictures. :-)

Activity #1

As a warm up, I had the kids line up in the living room and race to each color as I called it out and said “Go!” This was a great overview for the older kids and gave the little ones a fighting chance to learn the colors.


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Activity #2

Once I felt confident that everyone had a good concept of the colors, I did something a little more practical. When I would call out a color and say, “Go!” they had to find as many toys throughout the living room in that color, take them over, and put them on the corresponding paper. This was probably everyone’s favorite and even the 18 month old excelled at this activity.

Activity #3

Next we went back to independent review. I had them all line up in the living room facing me. I handed the first child a Pom Pom and told them the color, they would then run over, put the Pom Pom on its corresponding paper and run back to the end of the line. We did this about 8 times or so.


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Activity #4

We repeated the first activity. This was great! The kids were so excited and much more confident this time around.

Activity #5

At this point, I started to lose the two youngest kiddos, which is to be expected.  I used the opportunity to take the game into a deeper, more spiritual focus. The two oldest and I went over to the colors and sang the song, “Jesus Loves the Little Children” and when we got to each child we stood on their color. We inserted the color brown, so the song went, “red and yellow, brown, black and white.” We talked about what those children actually looked like, why there were different colored people and so on.

Activity #6

I still had the oldest two kids’ enraptured attention, so I went to each color and had them tell me things God had created that were that color. We talked about what a great God we have that He would make all of those wonderful things, but that we were His most special creation and how much He loves us.

In the end, this proved to be a great color review for toddlers and preschoolers. I’m sure there’s much more you could do with the colored paper, and I hope to do this again!

-Lydia