What should I teach my one year old?

Do you feel that your little baby is growing up faster than you think?

Do you wish you had some more patience when it comes to your kid?

Do you think you are not doing much with your kid?

Do you want to spend quality time with your kid, but run out of ideas?

Did you say YES?

Then you are in the right place πŸ™‚

Here are a few ideas which you can tweak to your own convenience.

These are tried and tested with my now two year old and I am sure that would work for you.

Nature Learning:

Learn through nature teach your one year old

Nature is the best teacher πŸ™‚

Get Outdoors.Ok, this is a no brainer. Take your little one outside; I am sure you must have a park or a green place close by. Point out to the birds, trees, ants, bugs, anything you see. Listen to the birds. Talk about color green. Watch the squirrels collect their neem nuts and run back.

Treasure Baskets:

 

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All the kitchen items i could grab in two minutes πŸ™‚

introduce Music to one year old

For the love of music πŸ™‚

Teach Colours one year old

That’s Color Red πŸ™‚

Are you worried that your little one still mouths things? Then, this one is for you. Get this treasure basket ready. This one is a no prep one and easy one at that. We introduced colours using these cute little treasure baskets. Please read here to know more about that.Read more here.

Sensory Food:

sensory food teach one year old

Messy little fingers πŸ™‚

Oh, I love this one. Whomever, thought of this first is an absolute genius. Use any food that you think your little one would like to explore. I can help you with a few ideas.

Yogurt mixed with food coloring

Messing with apple sauce

Picking out chunky watermelon cubes to suck and lick them.

Pulling out each noodle/pasta which enhances finger grasp.

Sensory Play:

Bean Bags

DIY Sensory Bean Bags.. Could have looked better πŸ˜‰

Put in some colored rice into empty transparent water bottles.

Throw in some pom poms into water. Add some glitter or small miniatures to give that shiny look.

Make these sensory bean bags and have them feel it or practice tossing them into a basket.

Make this sensory board with the unused stuff lying around at home.

You can also use some edible play dough which you must have done before for her little hands to mess with

Family cards:

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Are you staying away from your family and worried that your lil one would forget your close ones? Then try this out.

You can also click pictures of different rooms in your house and read them aloud to your kids while they hold the picture. And that’s how we start Geography.

Invest in some simple Puzzles:

Not sure, which ones to buy? Then check this out.

Simple Colour Match

Simple Shape Puzzle

Teach them independence:

Teach your little one to use their cup. Not able to find small tiny cups, then use shot glasses. Yes, put them to use πŸ™‚

Teach them to eat on their own. Follow baby led weaning that way you also polish the hand mouth coordination skill.

Teach them to use their fork and spoon.

Ask for their help to clean up after their toy play, to put their dirty clothes inside the laundry bag, to put their shoes back in the shelf, train to use the garbage bin/dust bin

Make simple activities:

Potato painting

Other things you can teach:

Teach animal sounds, train sounds, rain sounds and thunder sounds.

Teach them their body parts. We started with belly button πŸ˜‰

Teach them to share.

Self Groom:

Teach them to blow their nose.

Teach them to wash their hands and wipe them.

I hope this helped. Is there something else you have done already, that I have missed? Share your thoughts in the comments section. Please subscribe to this blog. The next blog post would be on introduction to exciting science experiments that could be done along with your toddler. Yes, your toddler could do it too πŸ™‚

11 Fun Ways to Teach Shapes to Your Toddler

11 Fun Ways to Teach Shapes to Your Toddler

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Yayy I got my new domain and went for self hosting πŸ˜‰

I am still playing with this blog and certain things could look better. I would appreciate any kind of feedback to improve how this blog looks and works. πŸ™‚

To talk of this post, my toddler and I have been learning shapes for the last few weeks and he has mastered the basic shapes with ease. Achievement πŸ™‚

You could ask me, why one should teach toddler shapes?
β€’ Obviously, that lays foundation for their reading and writing skills. Like β€˜o’ is a full circle and β€˜c’ is a semi-circle. W,V,X has triangles in it. You get the idea?
β€’ To recognize math numbers. Need I explain?
β€’ Solve all the jigsaw puzzles that they would be solving in the later years
β€’ Drawing gets easier. Literally everything breaks down to shapes and most of the kids learn to draw a sun(a circle with lines) first πŸ™‚

How could you teach shapes?
I have put some easy and fun ways to learn shapes. This printable is attached so that you could download them as well πŸ™‚
1. Ear buds shape: I dipped in paint on either side of the bud to show distinct edges and made shapes for my little one to see.

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2. Outline shapes: I drew the outline of the shapes onto a chart board and my little Jing Jaang matched them on the first try. Probably because he had used the shape sorter earlier.

Teach shapes toddler outline


3. Shape sorter: This was the first toy my little one had used to learn shapes and it pretty much served the purpose. For the first few days, he could only drop in a circle but he graduated brilliantly. I would recommend starting with this for a one year old.

Teach shapes toddler shape sorter
4. Shape Cards: I love making cards and I added few more new shapes to the already familiar ones. You can find the free download link below.

Teach shapes toddler cards
5. Shapes through food: We spoke of shapes each time I identified a shape on it. Like a round pizza,a triangle samosa, an oval avocado. You could go a step ahead and cook them with your lil one.

Teach shapes toddler food
6. Paper plate shapes puzzle: This is more like the outline shapes puzzle. You could use even a simple chart to do this. I painted the plate and cut shapes for him to match and fit in.

Teach shapes toddler plates

7. Ice cream stick shapes: These were doing the rounds on the internet and I thought I should be making it too:-). It takes less than a minute to do, so try them at home. Will you?

Teach shapes toddler ice cream
8. Scrubber shapes: These shapes were cut from the dishwasher sponges and we did paint with it πŸ™‚ That was toddler approved πŸ™‚

Teach shapes toddler paint
9. Matching big and small sized shapes: You can download this printable from the link below. Another starter kit to learn.

Teach shapes toddler size
10. Sketched Shapes using Coffee Seeds: You can get this printable below. We used the coffee beans to outline the shape. Helps in fine motor activity as well. We learnt the color brown and fell in love with its aroma.

Teach shapes toddler coffee

11. Match shapes in a Hut:My little one couldnt this one. Yet i thought I will share it. You can use the below printable.

Teach shapes toddler match

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Shape Cards

Shapes Sizes and Hut

Coffee Seeds Outline

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