Like I mentioned in my post earlier this year, playing and learning go hand-in-hand. One of my favorite quotes is from good ol' Mr. Rogers: "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."
Children learn so much from pretend play (with baby dolls, Matchbox Cars, dress-up clothes), fun outings (like the zoo, aquarium, children's museum, etc.) and simple things like coloring and puzzles. But I also like to keep a bevy of educational activities on hand for Walker that are fun -- and that he doesn't realize he's learning from.
Walker goes to school twice a week, so it's important to me to hear from the teachers what he's learning there so I can reinforce it at home. If I know they're learning about the color orange and the square shape, I'll try to put more emphasis on those two things that week, whether with orange Play-Dough or using our trusty shapes puzzle. I'm definitely not the best at it, but I try!
With all of that said, here are some of my new favorite toddler learning activities (and Walker's, too!):
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)?