Exercising Toddler to Control Body Movement through Running

Toddler usually loves running. When they are at this stage, it’s good if we give them the chance to do so a lot. However, we often see they bump onto things. When this happens, it’s actually normal because they haven’t been able to control their body movement and consider the situation around them. Though, it’s normal, we often worry that the bump will hurt them. And we don’t want this, do we?

To deal with this, there are actually ways to make toddler able to control their body movement and know when they have to stop, so they won’t bump onto things. Here are ways we can do:

  • Take toddlers to run at the park

It’s something we normally do. It is so ordinary, yet it’s good to exercise toddlers’ ability in running. Park is a large space with less things which will block toddlers’ way. Here, they can run as free as they want. This will make them able to run steadily. When this happens, it actually means that their gross motor muscles have been exercised, improved and strengthened. And these are what they need in order to be able to control their body movement.

  • Ask toddlers to run at the backyard

Backyard’s space is smaller than the park. When toddlers run here, they will actually feel the differences. They will still be able to run freely. However, they have to adjust their body movement. They have to control their body movement more as the narrower space of the backyard requires them do so. And this will make the control of their body movement exercised.

  • Ask toddlers to stop running in front of person or things.

Let them do simple game which will exercise them to stop running before they bump onto things. To do the game, we need:

  • Us (Toddler’s parents, siblings, grandparents or people we can trust).
  • Colorful cones or inflatable balloons or other toys which toddlers like.

How to do the game is simple. Ask toddlers to start running from a point to another point where there is a person or thing at the finish line. Ask them to stop before they bump the person or the thing. Do it several times in fun way, so they would want to play. Put things they like at the finish line such as colorful cones, inflatables balloon of children’s favorite character, etc.

The game will make them able to aware of the things around them and to use the control of their body movement they already have. The result is they can stop themselves before they bump onto things.

There you go. Those are the ways we can do to exercise toddler to learn to control their body movement.

Heart Weaving

Heart Weaving

The Heart Weaving

Do you have pile of used wrapping paper ? Let’s ask our children to use it to make heart weaving. In order to make it we need:

  • Used card/ wrapping paper ( The size of the card in the picture is 5.7inch x 4.3 inch)

The Card

  • Paper strips from used wrapping paper (The width size of the paper strips in the picture is 1cm)

The Paper Strips

  • Glue
  • Cutter

How to make it:

  • Put the card in portrait. Spare 1 cm space from the top and the bottom of the card. Draw 18 vertical lines with the space length of each lines is 0.5 cm.
  • Slice the lines with cutter.
  • Slip the paper strip underneath the columns on the card and show :
    • The first paper on the 9th column (whether from left or right of the card).
    • The second paper on the 8th, 9th and 10th columns
    • The third paper on the 7th until the 11th columns
    • The fourth paper on the 6th until the 12th columns
    • The fifth paper on the 5th until the 13th columns
    • The sixth paper on the 4th until the 14th columns
    • The seventh paper on the 3rd until the 8th columns, slip underneath the 9th column, and show it again on the 10th until the 15th
    • The eighth paper on the 2nd until the 7th columns, slip underneath the 8th until 10th columns, and show it again on the 11th until the 16th
    • The ninth paper on the 1st until the 6th columns, slip underneath the 7th until the 11th columns, and show it again on the 12th until the 17th
    • The tenth paper on the 2nd until the 5th columns, slip underneath the 6th until the 12th columns, and show it again on the 13th until the 16th
    • The last on the 3rd until the 4th columns, slip underneath the 5th until the 13th columns, and show it again on the 14th until the 15th
  • Flip the card and glue the paper strips onto the card.
  • The heart weaving is done.

 

The heart weaving can be use for many kinds of purpose such as:

  • Greeting card: To make it as a card, just paste blank paper on to the back of the heart weaving. Use it to write the greetings
  • Book cover decoration: Just paste the card onto a book cover.
  • As a wall decoration: Just frame the card and hang it on to the wall.

The heart weaving is great for children age 5 years old and above as it requires medium fine motor muscles and pattern mastery.

Happy weaving!

Finger Painting Activity in Steps

There are many kinds of finger painting activity children can do.  Here,  we want to show the kinds of finger painting activity in steps. Starting from finger painting activity which will help children develop and improve their gross motor skills to fine motor skills and eventually allow them to bring out their own creativity. Here are the activity in steps:

1. Let children to spread paint on wide space freely, as wide as their arms can reach. This activity is good to exercise and strengthen their gross motor muscle, in this case their arms.Children do finger painting on wide space

2. Let children to spread paint on narrower space than previous one. This activity will give them the chance to learn to control their arms movement and exercise their arms endurance, as it’s more difficult and more tiring to do.Children do finger painting on narrow space

3. Let children to paint pictures with fingers. Ask them to try not to cross the line. Starting from big picture to smaller one. This activity will give them chance to exercise fine motor muscles.Finger Painting Pictures

4. Let children to do many kinds of finger painting activity. This will give them the chance to exercise gross and fine motor muscles more and also give them ideas which will stimulate their creativity.

5. Let children create their own creation by finger painting.

Boy shows his creation

Those are the steps in finger painting activity. It doesn’t mean that from the first up to the fourth steps children can’t make their own creation. The fifth steps can be done simultaneously with all the steps. However, we put it here on the fifth steps, as it would be the final outcome if children have gone through all the steps. It’s because they would have all the technique to do the finger painting, have enough experience and knowledge to make their own creation. All of those will make them stimulated and keen to make their own creation.

The Easy to Follow Drawing for Children: Christmas Trees

At the age of four, children’s fine motor muscles and cognitive skills have developed quite well. This will make them able to draw. If we show them simple drawing, they would try to follow it. Just as the pictures of Christmas Trees below which are easy to follow by children.

christmas-tree-picture

The steps:

  1. Draw the triangle and say triangle while we draw it (This will be good to strengthen children’s ability in recognizing triangle)
  2. Draw the rectangle and say rectangle while we draw it
  3. Draw the circles and say circle everytime we draw it
  4. Color the pictures

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The steps:

  1. Draw a tiny triangle and say triangle while we draw it
  2. Draw lines as in the pictures above which create a Christmas tree
  3. Draw rectangle and say rectangle while we draw it
  4. Draw the circles and say circle everytime we draw it
  5. Draw the star and say star
  6. Color the pictures

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The steps:

  1. Draw a triangle and say triangle while we draw it
  2. Draw the trapezoids and say trapezoid everytime we draw it
  3. Draw the circles and say circle everytime we draw it
  4. Color the pictures

When children have finished drawing the trees, they would show us proudly of what they’ve drawn. If we encourage them to explain their drawings, they might add story to their drawings or add another drawings to the pictures such as the presents underneath the trees and much more.

All the activities above, start from drawing, naming shapes, coloring, explaining and creating story to the drawings will give advantages for children. They will be able to:

  1. Strengthen their fine motor skills
  2. Strengthen their shapes recognition
  3. Relate their real life experience with the drawings they’ve made
  4. Bring out their creativity by creating story based on the drawings or by adding more pictures to the drawings.
  5. Build their sense of achievement and confident as they’ve been able to follow all the steps and finally draw the picture they’ve seen.

With many advantages children can get, let’s ask children to draw. Show them many kinds of drawings which are easy to follow by them. Adjust the drawings with children’s ability. This way they would be stimulated to keep drawing which in the end will make them improve their ability even more.

Happy drawing!

 

 

Learning to Take Care of Pet by Playing Hatchimals

Animals are always fascinating for children. When they see animals, they would be eager to interact and pet the animals. Doing it is good thing for children as they can learn to love and treat other creature well. And this learning will be a good basic to develop the feeling of empathy to all living thing. Empathy is an important ability children have to learn and develop because it will make them able to understand and share the feelings of another. When they are able to do this, they will be able to interact and socialize well in the society. Knowing the importance of empathy, we have to give chance for children to learn it. Having pet is a great way for children to learn the empathy. However, letting children to take care of pet is not easy. Having pet requires responsibility and it’s something children need to learn too. To make them understand the responsibility of having pet is by doing simulation. It can be done by playing the toy which allow them to take care a pet as if it’s the real one such as Hatchimals.

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Hatchimals Pengualas Pink/Magenta Egg

Hatchimals is a toy which comes in the form of egg. To be able to see the creature inside the egg, it must be hatched. To make it hatch, children have to love and care the egg by keeping it moving and rubbing it. It takes time (varied between 10 – 40 minutes) before it’s hatched. So, children have to be patience and keep interacting with the egg because if they do not do it, it won’t hatch.hatchimals-egg

Hatchimals Egg

Once the egg is hatched, the hatchimals will reveal itself. It will start the life from baby to toddler and the last to kid.

the-hatched-hatchimals

The Hatched Egg

To make the hatchimals grows and goes through each stage of life, children have to fulfill it’s need. The eyes will show different colors which tell different need, for example: purple needs feeding, orange needs to burp, and many more.

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As the hatchimals grows from baby to toddler, children can teach it to walk, talk and dance. It will keep bringing out the new ability as long as children keep interacting and taking care of the hatchimals.

All the process above that children will have been gone through by playing the hatchimals, start from hatching the egg until growing and developing the hatchimals into kid, is kind of simulation of how to take care of pet. By doing the simulation they will able to learn that to take care a living creature they have to be patience, love and care the creature, and most importantly they need to pay attention of the creature needs -which these are the realization of empathy and being responsible of living creature- otherwise it won’t grow and develop well.

So, the experience of playing hatchimals will be a good basic for children to learn about the responsibility of taking care of pet. More over, which is the most important, they will learn how to be patience, love and being empathetic as taking care  of pet needs all of those.

Happy playing Hatchimals!  🙂

Learning about Farm Animal through Pretend Play (Part 3): The Advantages

In part 2, it’s written that children once children have played the farm animal toy with variety pretend plays, they can get many advantages, which are:

  • They get the complete knowledge about the farm animals.
  • The pretend play will make children able to do the simulation of the knowledge they get. This simulation will make them understand the knowledge better than by reading or watching only. Because they do not only hear and seeing, but feel all the activities by doing it. The more stimulation they get, the more a knowledge will be grasped, kept in their memory storage in the brain and recalled easily when it’s needed.
  • By doing the simulation, children also learn about the sequence of activities. Being able to arrange activities in sequence will be good for future learning such as in math, language art, science and many more.
  • When they learn a knowledge from global to specific, they actually learn to dig deeper to get more knowledge. This will make them keeping and developing their sense of curiosity which will be good for future learning such as in developing research ability.
  • Bring out their creativity in finding solutions to problems or situations

Those are the advantages for children. Yet, there’s another advantages we can get. It’s that the toy we bought for children will be useful in long term. Therefore, we need the toy that can last long. Wooden Wonders Busy Barnyard Farm Animal Set can meet the need as it’s made from the from natural wood. Wooden toys are usually last long, not broken easily, even when children throw or bump the pieces onto hard surface/ floor. So, children can use Wooden Wonders Busy Barnyard Farm Animal Set for years. Another great aspect which we can consider about it is the safety. It’s safe for children soft skin as the pieces are sanded smooth, and vibrantly colored with safe paints.

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In conclusion, children can learn a lot about farm animal and get lots of advantages by playing the farm animal toy which one of it is Wooden Wonders Busy Barnyard Farm Animal Set.  Hence, we need to guide them in the beginning of the play by setting the knowledge children need to know , prepare the props which will help children understand the knowledge and ask questions which will bring out children’s curiosity. These will make children get the complete knowledge about farm animals.

Happy Playing and Learning! 🙂

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Learning Farm Animals through Pretend Play (Part 1)

Learning Farm Animals through Pretend Play (Part 2): How to Expand the Knowledge We Introduce to Children

Learning about Farm Animal through Pretend Play (Part 2): How to Expand The Knowledge We Introduce to Children

In previous post, we’ve given the example of how to play the Wooden Wonders Busy Barnyard Farm Animal Playset. The key to make children able to learn about farm animal by playing the toy is by setting the knowledge we want to introduce to children in the beginning of play. Once children have grasped and understood a knowledge, we can introduce them to another ones and create the new pretend play. Here are the tips of how to do it:

  • Write down the list of knowledge we want to give to children. Always start introducing children from the basic knowledge and global to the complex and specific ones. For example:
    • First we introduce the farm animals’ names.
    • Then, we tell about the sounds.
    • Later on, we continue with the food and drinks
    • Next time, we can introduce the farm animals’ body parts. Do it by introducing each animal body parts one by one.
    • Then, we can tell about what we can get from each animal such as egg from the chickens, the milk from the cow, the fur from the sheep, etc.
    • Next time, we can tell the process of getting the egg, the milk, the fur, etc.
    • And many more. It is so because the more we’re being specific about the farm animals, the more questions will be raised by children or even by ourselves. Those questions we can use to find out more about farm animal and we can simulate the answer of those questions in the pretend play.
  • Always give the knowledge bit by bit. Too much knowledge at one time may make children confused. So, the examples in point above are better given in several pretend play.
  • Set the knowledge we introduce suitable with children’s age and ability to absorb it. This way children will grasp it easily. For example:
    • The knowledge goal for 2 and early 3 years old are the farm animal vocabularies.
    • The knowledge goal for 3 years old are the recognition of farm animals body parts recognition, the food and drinks, the daily activities at the farm, etc. Stimulate also children to be able to simulate those in the pretend play which they would love doing as at this age they like playing pretend so much.
    • The knowledge goal for 4 years old and above are more facts about farm animals. For example, we can tell about the life cycle of chicken, the reason why duck has membrane on their feet, etc. It’s possible for us to tell and explain more as children at this age have been more curious about everything outside their daily surrounding. Therefore, they would love to know more about farm animal and would ask many questions about it.
  • As in the example in the Learning about Farm Animals through Pretend Play (Part 1), it’s better to write the steps we’re going to do in the play. This will make us guiding the play easily and not forgetting the goal of the knowledge we intend to introduce to children during the play.
  • Always give and explain the knowledge in children language level. If the information we get from the books or from other sources we think is too difficult to understand by children, we have to change the explanation in language children would understand. However, it’s sometimes not easy to do. Here are the tips of how to make it easier to do:
  1. Use the books which are given the information that meant for young children. The language in those books usually has been leveled for young children. Just follow what’s written in the book and deliver it to our children through pretend play.

2.Browse the facts from the internet. Use the keywords ‘farm animals facts for kids’. The information we’ll get is usually explained in language level suitable for children. The same as the information we get from the books, we can just  follow and deliver the knowledge to our children through pretend play.

  • Be creative to make additional props we can use to the pretend play. For example, if we want to pretend shearing sheep fur, we can print the image of the sheep shear used in shearing sheep and prepare cotton (pretend it’s the sheep fur). This way children can do the play as similar as the real one. So, the concept will be understood well. It also will make the play more fun.
  • Make the play more fun by creating situations which will make children stimulated and curious. For example, ask what happen with the farm animals when it rains, or when the snow falls down, etc. This will make children thinking of many possibilities. But, do not forget to find out what actually happen in those situations and simulate those in the play.

Once children have played the farm animal toy with variety pretend play, there are advantages they can get. What are those? Read about those in Learning about Farm Animals through Pretend Play (Part 3): The Advantages.

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