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5 Fun Activities To Do With Your 18 – 24 Months Old

18 to 24 months-olds are a lot of fun to be with. They’re more alert than babies and charge with wide-eyed curiosity to learn more about the environment that they live in. Don’t waste time letting your television babysit and get up to some engaging activities instead.

 

Make sure that the toys do not contain electronic parts before freezing!

 

#1: Surprise Ice Cubes

Select a few small toys without electronic components and place them into an empty ice tray. Fill it up with water and a few drops of food colouring to darken the water before placing it into the freezer. Repeat with different toys and colours.

Let your toddler figure out how to melt the ice cubes and be surprised when they discover the hidden toy. It’s best to attempt this activity in the bathroom for easy cleanup. You can also teach them about colour combinations when the ice cubes melt and coloured water mixes.

Ice provides an endless discovery of exploration for inquisitive toddlers!

 

#2: Ice Painting
Painting on the ice, rather than on paper, can be a new experience for toddlers. Place some ice cubes on a large tray and let your toddler paint over the ice cubes. You can also try creating ice blocks by freezing water in a large container. Large ice blocks act as a canvas for your toddler to observe how the paint creates patterns on the ice.

Be careful to keep your curious toddler from licking the ice!

 

#3: Oobleck play

Oobleck is a Non-Newtonian fluid which has intriguing properties as it acts like a liquid when you dip your hands into it but feels solid when you punch or squeeze it. This is one of the simpler Science experiments you can introduce to your toddler as it only requires two ingredients – cornstarch and water.

To make oobleck, mix 1.5 or 2 parts of cornstarch into 1 part of the water in small quantities, stirring constantly. It should feel like slime. You can add in a few drops of food colouring to make coloured slime.

This is a messy sensorial activity, best done on a large mat or wading pool for easy cleanup.

 

#4: Lid scooping

Save those colourful caps from food pouches and put them into a bowl of water. If you don’t have those, small bottle caps are great too. Get a small net for your toddler to practice scooping. This activity reinforces their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

To make this activity more challenging, direct a fan onto the water to create movement.

Clean sponges provide a sensorial learning opportunity for your toddler.

 

#5: Squeezy Sponges

This is another simple activity which does not require much preparation. Fill up a basin with water and toss in the sponges. Your toddler will love squeezing water out of the sponges, soaking them and repeating the process.

To make this activity even more interesting, place enough water just for one sponge into a bowl so that the sponge will be able to absorb all the water, leaving the bowl empty. This can be a learning opportunity about absorbency for your toddler. You can also vary the activity by introducing other objects into the water such as cardboard or plastic to introduce the concept of absorption to them.

The above activities do not require a lot of preparation beforehand and are relatively easy to execute. Try them with your toddler someday and let us know your toddler’s reaction in the comments!

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Toddler Craft Ideas: Convert Toilet Rolls into Toys

Toilet paper rolls are common household items. Instead of throwing them away, use them as craft materials for your toddler! Read on as we put together some simple craft ideas for you to try out with your toddler, and give these toilet rolls a new lease of life.

 

Toilet paper rolls can be repurposed and given a new life.

 

  • Maracas

Maracas are percussion instruments created by placing beans, pebbles or similar objects into hollow containers. As both you and your toddler embark on creating your very own maracas, explain that percussion instruments are used to create a rhythm or maintain a beat. Show them some videos of maracas performances to enable them to visualise how maracas look like.

To make your own maracas, first, seal one end of a toilet paper roll with paper and some glue around the sides before placing a handful of green or red beans into the container. Afterwards, seal the other end with paper and glue again, and there you have it! Your very own maracas!

Your toddler can personalise his or her maracas with crayons, embellishments or some paint. When it is all completed, put on some music and shake the maracas along to the beat!

This activity encourages your toddler to express his or her creativity through art and music.

 

  • Binoculars

Line two toilet paper rolls side by side and secures them together using double-sided tape or glue. You can prepare some stickers for your child to decorate their binoculars with before embarking on a scavenger hunt in the neighbourhood.

Though these paper binoculars don’t have lenses, they aren’t purely just for show. As your toddler stares through the binoculars, it narrows their field of vision and helps them focus on faraway objects.

Consider indulging them in play-pretend by becoming adventurers for an afternoon. Take them outdoors with their handmade binoculars. You can reinforce learning by researching the species of birds and critters spotted along the trip.

Create these cute cardboard monsters with some craft paper and toilet rolls!

 

  • Cardboard Characters

The materials required for this project are glue (stick glue is great for little hands with a minimal mess), some coloured paper and toilet rolls. Choose a base colour and wrap it around the roll, add some circles for eyes and paper at the top for hair. Your toddler can practise his or her cutting skills whilst grooming the character’s “hair”.

In order to enhance the activity and make it more memorable, model the characters after a storybook that your toddler is familiar. Encourage your toddler to name the characters that he or she has created too!

You won’t be able to tell the time with these watches!

 

  • Watches

Guide your toddler to snip a toilet paper roll into four pieces width-wise with child-safe scissors before pasting a drawn-on clock face of paper on each of the four loops. Toddlers have small wrists which fit perfectly into toilet paper rolls. Play-pretend watches are excellent for teaching them how to read analogue watches and clocks. Use this opportunity to teach them how to differentiate between the minute and hour hands.

Exclusively reusing recyclable material for craftwork as opposed to buying new materials from the stores not only saves the environment but pushes you and your child to think of alternative uses for everyday objects.

 

Leave us a comment to show us your toilet paper roll craft!

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让大宝迎接新生儿的6个有趣方式

您是否沉浸在迎接新生儿的喜悦当中,但又担心大宝会对自己的小弟弟或小妹妹的反应?不要担心,可以使用以下一些有趣的方式让您的大宝与您一起迎接新生儿!

1. 带大宝一起去做妇科检查
让大宝陪您一起去看妇科医生,大宝可以在超声波扫描的时候看到小弟弟或小妹妹的动态。您可以趁机向孩子解释小宝宝正在妈妈的肚子里生长。这种方式能让大宝在每次扫描中看到小弟弟或小妹妹是如何从胚胎发育成婴儿的

如果您爱好艺术的话,可以制作一个剪贴簿,让大宝来装饰并添上新的扫描照片!

2. 阅读与新生儿相关的书籍

带大宝去最近的图书馆,借阅一些关于全家迎接新生儿的相关书籍。有些网站会出售个性化的新生儿书籍,您可以用大宝的名字来命名。将大宝作为书本的主角有助于他们更好地与故事联系起来。

阅读与迎接新生儿相关的书籍。

3. 增进感情

鼓励大宝和肚子里的小弟弟或小妹妹说话、亲吻或拥抱。子宫内的胎儿可以听到外部的声音,这有利于新生儿在出生前和自己的哥哥或姐姐增进亲密感。尝试和大宝一起对着肚子唱歌吧!

4. 让大宝参与婴儿出生前的准备

大宝对即将到来的小家伙和变化状态产生复杂情绪,并且不愿帮忙,这都是正常的。利用大宝的兴趣,随意地询问他们是否愿意帮您给婴儿室挑选颜色或给小弟弟或妹妹选衣服。

可以让您的大宝来为婴儿室挑选颜色。

如果您还没想好小宝宝的名字,您甚至可以让大宝来给自己的小弟弟或小妹妹选名字!

5. 回顾大宝的宝宝时刻

是时候抱抱您的孩子,告诉孩子您是如何发现自己怀孕的,并向孩子展示他或她是如何从胚胎发育成胎儿再成长为婴儿的。您第一眼注意到宝宝的是什么?是他可爱的小鼻子还是深深的酒窝?您第一次带宝宝出门的感觉是什么?是在下雨的夜晚还是炎热的下午?出生故事能让大宝明白他们和即将到来的小宝宝一样重要。

在您第三孕期的时候,可以让大宝感受腹部明显的胎动!

6. 让大宝成为小宝宝的首个访客

当大宝看到从妈妈又大又圆的肚子里出来的小弟弟或小妹妹,可能会感到困惑。让大宝成为第一个看到小宝宝的人,这会让大宝感到自己的重要性,并且不会受到其他来看婴儿的访客的干扰。

试试上面这些建议吧,看看对您是否奏效!您有其他帮助大宝迎接新生儿的方法吗?给我们留言吧!

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让我们来制作:生日蛋糕(免费打印)

今天是Albert的生日,他非常喜欢蛋糕!您能帮他画一幅漂亮的生日蛋糕吗?用不同的材料发挥您的创意吧!

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活动体验

生日需要一起庆祝并共度欢乐时光!让我们画幅生日蛋糕来给Albert惊喜吧!要由孩子特殊“烘培”并设计哦!此外,父母还可以浏览您孩子的生日照片来进一步加深活动体验,也能让孩子接触词汇和对话等丰富的语言

让您的孩子用铅笔、蜡笔、记号笔、彩色铅笔甚至油漆来绘制、涂鸦和装饰Albert的生日蛋糕!探索各种不同的材料,通过粘贴绉纸、网眼纸、闪光胶、贴纸、纽扣等物品来充分发挥创造力吧!有利于培养孩子的粗大动作及精细动作技能

当你们在创作美味的生日蛋糕时,可询问孩子以下问题,如:

      • Albert多大了?
      • 我们要在蛋糕上加蜡烛吗?
      • 你觉得他会喜欢生日蛋糕上的花、贴纸、爱心(或插入孩子熟悉的物品)吗?
      • 你觉得他会喜欢生日蛋糕上的花、贴纸、爱心(或插入孩子熟悉的物品)吗?

提出问题有助于幼儿思考,提高他们的认知发展。还可以鼓励孩子主动提问,让学习成为双向活动。好奇心是孩子想要探索发现的积极信号,所以请耐心回答孩子的问题,让孩子思考,尤其对孩子早期特别重要!

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让我们来制作:我的第一个狮子面具

认识Albert

大家好!我是狮子Albert

让我们和爸爸妈妈一起设计制作狮子面具吧!

 

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活动体验

这个简单的活动能促进亲子互动,共同制作有趣的面具。

当孩子用多种材料涂鸦和设计面具时,孩子的创意源泉充分涌流。父母可以对孩子选择的颜色、材料或他们的小手正在探索的材质进行提问或讲述,这有助于促进沟通,提高读写能力。

您的孩子专注于每项任务,享受感官探索学会因果关系,同时创造孩子自己的杰作!

 

活动建议

  • 让孩子帮忙涂胶水,并将活动表贴在麦片盒。
  • 让孩子使用彩色铅笔、记号笔、毛毡、棉花、闪光纸、彩纸等物品来进行创作!
  • 沿着轮廓剪出面具。
  • 用笔轻轻地在指定点上扎2个孔。用橡皮筋紧固,就大功告成了!

 

不要忘记在脸书页面上与我们分享您孩子的杰作哦!