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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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宝宝的第一个感官箱:充满无尽乐趣的10件家居物品

宝宝天生就有好奇心。

激发宝宝的感官,让他们探索,让宝宝学会了解他们的世界。

幼儿时期的感官游戏非常重要,是培养孩子的多方面发展的起点。

除了商店购买的玩具外,如何用普通的家居物品来制作宝宝的第一个感官箱呢?

什么是感官箱?

感官箱是一个装有多种物品,提供触觉体验的箱子。感官箱里的物品没有对错。请记住把安全摆在第一位,父母应该为孩子选择既安全又适宜的物品。

来吧,让孩子做游戏主角吧!

 

对于小宝宝,选择不会有窒息危险的物品是必要的,并且通常是方便儿童使用的物品。如果您的孩子喜欢将东西放入口中,请务必不要将尖锐物品或细小物品放在感官箱内。

感官箱有多种功能,可以“干玩”或“湿玩”。将水加入感官箱内,享受水花四溅的乐趣吧!在沐浴的时候或在浴室里都能体会感官箱带来的水中乐趣。

感官箱的好处

“设想儿童的知识由图式构成,基本知识可以形成经验以及作为理解新知识的基础。”

— 法国心理学家Jean Piaget

这种感官游戏能让父母每次更换不同的物品!最重要的是,这些物品并不昂贵,也不复杂,无需上电池。事实上,在没有购买更多物品的情况下也可以升级改造现有的物品。

法国心理学家Jean Piaget表示,“设想儿童的知识由图式构成,基本知识可以形成经验以及作为理解新知识的基础。”

通过了解家里触手可及的简单物品,让您的孩子有机会观察这些物品的日常使用方式。

 

通过了解家里触手可及的简单物品,让您的孩子有机会观察这些物品的日常使用方式。

 

感官箱不仅能让孩子亲手探索,还有以下好处:

  • 激发孩子的感官:感官箱能同时触发孩子的多个感官点。感觉海绵粗糙的质地,摇动水瓶时观察景象并听声音,摸摸面团并将面团扔进容器内,都能激发孩子的感官。
  • 培养实用的生活技能:天哪,简直一团糟!不要担心,您的孩子正在学习因果关系。在翻倒容器后,宝宝学会捡起每个面团。当宝宝会捏住衣夹,用长勺舀卫生纸卷和面团时,可以提高宝宝的精细运动技能。让宝宝大胆的尝试,因为我们希望孩子能适应环境并继续前行。
  • 促进认知发展:当孩子在新的感官箱里摸索各种物品时,会锻炼孩子解决问题的能力、推理和逻辑思维!如果孩子要把所有的衣夹放在密封袋内,或将面团放入空容器内变成摇动器,鼓励孩子勇敢地尝试。
  • 提高语言和沟通技巧:当孩子在探索感官箱时,父母也参与其中,父母可以提出问题,让孩子接触新词汇,开展对话等等!如果孩子想尝尝海绵的味道,您甚至可以问孩子好不好吃,并给孩子解释海绵不能用来吃。孩子在这一过程中提高了语言和沟通技巧!
  • 促进情感发展:独立玩耍能让孩子专注于任务,有助于自我发现。与其他孩子一起探索(或争夺)感官箱里的物品,能让孩子学习社交技能。
  • 增强社交技能和团结:亲子互动或与其他孩子共同探索感官箱能给孩子提供新环境,让孩子学会分享和轮流玩耍。孩子可能会流泪,但这完全是意料之中的!

制作宝宝的第一个感官箱

可以将以下10中常见的家居物品用来给宝宝制作感官箱,这些物品虽然价格实惠,但肯定能激起宝宝的好奇心!

您需要用个容器来装这些物品。在给宝宝使用前,请确保清洁。

 

制作宝宝的第一个感官箱

 


 

      • 新海绵
      • 可重复使用的密封袋或小塑料袋
      • 空容器
      • 卫生纸卷
      • 面团
      • 衣夹
      • 碎纸和信封
      • 长勺和勺子
      • 零食架
      • 水瓶

给您一点小建议,将面团、长勺、衣夹、卫生纸卷等物品全都放在宝宝的视线范围内!宝宝们非常期待感官游戏,在体验感官乐趣时也可以观察爸爸妈妈们的反应!

父母如何参与感官箱探索游戏?

父母可以在游戏的各个阶段成为孩子的引导者或与孩子一起玩耍。孩子天生就有好奇心,他们通过体验来探索发现新事物。您可能会惊讶他们弄懂了小手上拿着的新发现物品!

感官箱适合在下雨天或孩子需要待在家里的时候玩耍,能让孩子在室内体验各种冒险。但是,当我们在助力准备接受新体验的全球儿童健康成长时,应该鼓励孩子勇敢地尝试新事物!您和您的宝宝准备好参加感官游戏了吗?

您的孩子也喜欢玩感官箱吗?与我们分享您孩子最喜欢玩的家居物品吧!