Tuesday, April 26, 2016

My Favorite Toddler Learning Activities

When I started staying at home with Walker, how we structured our day became really important to me, as did the activities I did with him. I wanted to continue the good education he had received at daycare for 15 months, so I did a ton of research on the best educational toys and talked to Brandon's aunt, who is a retired educator in Georgia (and actually helped write the state's public school curriculum!). 

Each day, I try to incorporate some learning activities into Walker's day. Of course, we go out and do fun outings (the zoo, a local play place or museum, or just playing in the water table at a friend's house), simply play outside or race Matchbox cars around the house, but I try to keep a bevy of educational activities around for him that are fun -- and many he doesn't even realize he's learning from! 

One of my favorite quotes that I'd use often in my former job doing communications/PR for a local public school district was one from Mr. Rogers himself: "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." 

So that's what I like to keep in mind when I structure our days: playing and learning go hand-in-hand. With that said, here are some of my favorite toddler learning activities (and Walker's, too!): 



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Like I said, we of course do a ton of play, which is absolutely educational in and of itself! These activities are definitely not just for those kiddos and mamas who are at home, either! These are great learning tools for every mama and her little one(s) to learn from, play with and bond over. :) 

What are some of y'all's favorite learning activities for your little one(s)?

6 comments:

  1. I think you have it right--play IS learning, especially at this age. They need that. And once they get to school so much of that is over during the school day. So glad you guys have found a good way to have fun AND learn :)

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  2. I love these ideas! I've been struggling since I am home now to find good educational toys! I'll be asking for some of thes for her birthday - thank you for sharing!

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  3. You are so good at keeping Walker engaged and excited about all the fun activities that he does! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  4. I love all of your toy recommendations! What was the name of those flash cards you used with Walker when he was a baby?

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  5. Thanks for the recommendations! I know my 22-month old would LOVE the latch board. And I really like the color pegboard - what a great idea!

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  6. These are great. Our early ed centers all emphasize that play IS learning too. Sometimes even the simplest toys are educational!

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