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Teaching Your Toddler Through Fun Activities

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Yesterday, we had a lot of fun with the National Wildlife Federation and Kolcraft fans at our Twitter Party for Hike & Seek. We learned all sorts of information about outdoor play and great activities to get us outside as families. We love NWF’s website because they have so many great activities. We wanted to share one of them with you that we have tried out and have had fun doing it! We love this activity because not only does it get your outside with your toddler to explore nature, but it’s educational too!

Sort, Stack, and Shape

Ages: Up to 3 years

What You Need:

  • a backyard, park, or any safe outdoor place to explore
  • twigs, grass, flowers, nuts, and other natural objects

What You Do:

Put aside the plastic toys aimed at teaching toddlers shapes and sorting skills. It’s a lot more exciting—and every bit as educational—to use items found outside. Nature offers all sorts of free teaching materials: sticks, stones, blades of grass, fallen leaves, and more.

Use natural objects to introduce textures (bumpy, smooth, prickly, soft, etc).

  • Sort a handful of stones by size.
  • Break twigs into different lengths and help your child sort them – shortest to longest.
  • See how high you can stack a pile of small rocks.
  • Find a comfy spot to sit down and make shapes on the ground: twig triangles, rock rectangles, seed squares, and so on.

This activity and other great activities for your whole family can be found at the National Wildlife Federation’s website.

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11 Responses to “Teaching Your Toddler Through Fun Activities”

  1. Cari S. October 3, 2010 at 8:48 pm #

    These are all such wonderful ideas – thank you!

    • admin October 4, 2010 at 9:35 am #

      Thank you Cari! We love having you as a Kolcraft fan!

  2. Tiffany Christie October 3, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

    I like the idea of using natural things for your child to play with. It’s not always about store bought toys. Thank you!

    • admin October 4, 2010 at 9:36 am #

      You are right Tiffany! It’s amazing all that Mother Nature provides for us to learn & have fun!

  3. Kendra October 4, 2010 at 6:36 am #

    Thank you for sharing! I love the idea of using the items found outside to make shapes. Sounds like so much fun for toddlers.

    • admin October 4, 2010 at 9:37 am #

      Thanks Kendra! And thanks for being a Kolcraft fan. :)

  4. Niecey October 4, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    I love this. There’s enough in simply nature itself to stimulate our kids’ minds and connect with them. great ideas here.

    • admin October 4, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

      Thanks Niecey! We appreciate your comments!

  5. nan lara October 4, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

    sounds like a great idea to take shape finding outdoors..my son is really into his learning of shapes now…so this seems like a good mix for us!

  6. Child's emotional development October 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm #

    I will ask my daughter to play “Natural art” I will ask her to collect leaves, grass, twigs, pebbles and feathers. Its also nice idea to take her photo as a reminder of their hard work. I guess These natural art will help her to get fresh and natural air. these game will help her to understand the nature and how to take care….

  7. Carol G October 5, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    This is a good variation and expansion of the traditional leaf hunting expedition. Toddlers are so much fun to work with and they always expand my viewpoint through watching them learn.

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