Tag Archive | vegetables

Hop to It!

We all know the physical and health benefits of encouraging our toddlers to be active! But did you know that movement is actually a key factor in a toddler’s overall development?  Through movement, toddlers develop good thinking and communication skills by exploring and interacting with their world.  This also builds self-confidence because children feel competent when they use their bodies to express something and solve problems.  Most importantly, your baby develops a close bond with you through movement because your baby’s desire to be close to and connect with you is what motivates him/her to move.  So get moving!

 

Mondays and Wednesdays I choose one activity we did today from the Reaching Roses curriculum and share our experiences (starring my twin babies)

 This week’s Theme: Vegetables

Activity DescriptionBunny Hop: Bunnies love to eat carrots.  Place some carrots (real or pretend) in the open around your home or garden.  Pretend to be a hopping bunny going to fetch the carrots.

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Gross Motor

Specific Skill: Hopping

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 20 months + 3 weeks

1. To warm up, we read a book about rabbits who love to eat carrots.  We had some bunny ears in our dress up box so we put them on and talked about how bunnies move (hopping).  Then we sang one of our favourite songs as of late ‘Sleeping Bunnies’:

 

 

2. Next I put toy carrots around their play area and gave them each a bucket.  I demonstrated how to hop like a bunny to get the carrots.  I knew they would want to run so I reminded them that bunnies don’t run or walk, they hop (for simplicity).  I actually demonstrated running to get the carrots and said, “Noooooo, that’s not how bunnies move!”, then I did the same for walking.  Lastly, I hopped to get the carrots (I was much more out of breath than I’d like to admit!), then I said, “Yay!  Well done Mommy, that is how bunnies move!  They hop!”.

3.  Time to get hopping!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

….little bunnies resting & eating the carrots they found….
(next time I’ll use real carrot sticks or baby carrots)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Drop It Like It’s (a) Hot Potato

One of the most challenging social issues toddlers face is learning how to play with other children.  It takes a lot of time and practice.  There are two main facets to playing with other children; one is sharing and the other is playing cooperatively.  Many people think that cooperative play and sharing are the same thing but actually they are slightly different, so both skills need to be developed at this age.  Sharing, in essence, is taking turns or splitting something into equal parts. For example, there are some blocks; one baby plays with them and passes them on when finished or each baby gets an equal number to play with.  Cooperative play is working together in order to do something.  For example, everybody has access to all of the blocks and works together to make one big tower.  Today’s activity is a very simple way to begin practising cooperative play.

Mondays and Wednesdays I choose one activity we did today from the Reaching Roses curriculum and share our experiences (starring my twin babies)

 This week’s Theme: Vegetables

Activity Description Hot Potato: Put on and sing the song “Hot Potato”.  Pass a potato wrapped in foil around.  When the song ends, the person holding the potato gets to unwrap a piece of foil.  The person who takes off the last piece of foil, wins a prize.  (repeat if you like)

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Social

Specific Skill: Cooperative play

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 20 months + 3 weeks

1. To warm up, we read a book about potatoes.

2. I showed them the foil ball and explained how to play the game.  In the first round we had no problems passing the potato.  When the song comes to an end, the person holding the potato gets to take off a piece of foil.

Passing the potato

Passing the potato

O takes off the first layer of foil

O takes off the first layer of foil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Once it was realized that part of the game is taking off a piece of the foil, that is the part of the game that interested them the most.  So the next several rounds required a lot of encouragement on my part to get them to pass it along (rather than take off all the foil).  This is exactly where the cooperative play comes in.  If any participant stops doing what is required, the game falls apart; everybody has to do their part in order for the game to be successful (which in this case is simply passing a potato until the song is over).

O contemplates passing it or taking off the foil

O contemplates passing it or taking off the foil

With a lot of encouragement, she passes it

With a lot of encouragement, she passes it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

….the final layer of foil….lands on M…

The final reveal!

M gets to peel the last layer!

O spots something and has to get involved.

O sees something and gets involved

Look!

Look!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potato!!  Yells, O!

Potato!! Yells, O!

Yay! M wins!

Yay! I found a potato!

Wow. A potato.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anybody this happy to see a potato.  So much fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. We played the game several times making sure that everybody won a sticker at least once.  As they realized that they would have plenty of opportunity to peel a layer, it required less and less encouragement for them to pass it along (at which point we added other elements like passing it really fast or really slowly)