The Little turned the ripe old age of 13 months and I feel the pressure to start teaching him ABCs, remedial calculus and the beginning strings of the violin. No, I’m not a tiger mom, well, I’m hoping that stripes don’t appear as he grows older but I am a half-Filipino (the other half African-American) and I feel my mother’s influence bearing down on me.
Ok, being serious, the Little is just taking his first steps, biting the hell out of everything – me included – and seriously eating enough paper to rival a Billy goat. I would be happy to hear him utter something other than a scream so while I think singing the ABC’s is a good start as a teaching tool, I am not expected him to start doing the family budget anytime soon.
I do want to start working in activities that are fun and where I’m able to start teaching him word associations. He already knows dog, DaDa, Mama, water and . . ahem. . French fries. Here are some activates that I found for his age group.
6 Toddler Learning Games:
Peek a Boo:
My kid ♥’s Peek A Boo. I’ve started to hide my face behind doors, t-shirts, colored pieces of paper, etc and I say something like “Peek a Boo, mama is hiding being the door, the yellow paper, etc”
I make edible finger paints and we practice drawing on sheets of paper I get from the dollar store. This is a great way to start naming body parts and make a huge mess so fair warning.
I buy cheap sponges from the dollar store and cut them into shapes and even made a template of the Little’s foot (I’m going to save this one for down the road when I can cry over how big my little guy has grown). I can share more words and we have fun and make a mess. I use the same paints from finger painting.
Right now we’re rocking the simple animal and letter puzzles.
What is Mama doing?:
I’ve found that I can keep the little entertained if I vocalize what I’m doing. He really gets into it when I’m making food. I don’t know if it’s just that he’s hungry or he likes that I use so much butter in what I’m cooking. I fully expect his first word to be butter.
My kid is obsessed with putting things in drawers, his Joovy Room2 or his activity chair. If I can’t find something – the tv remote, my eyeglasses, etc, I know where to look. I decided to take this to the next level and play learning basketball by naming each item we put in to the “basket”