What Would 2 Years Old Like to Do

At the age of 2, there are activities children like to do more than in previous age. It is so because their physical development have allowed them to do the activities. Here are the activities :

  • Motor gross activities such running, climbing, reaching things make them curious, etc

They like to move freely because at this age, they have been able to walk steadily.  This give them the sense of independence. Now, they can explore things they are curious about by themselves which they cant do before due to physical limitation.

  • Exploring things they think interesting such as colorful & moving things

In the early years of life, a child is in sight sensitive period. It means, they will be interested to things which attract their eyes. As they’ve gained physical independence, they will expand their sight attractiveness by touching or exploring closely the things they see.

  • Doing messy things such as painting, mixing flour, playing sand, etc.

They will do experiment with those materials with heir hands. Those activities will be messy because basically, they haven’t been able to control their hands completely. It’s also because they do experiment with their hands. They want to see the outcome of their hands movement.

  • Imitating what adults do, especially words.

Toddler imitates adult

Children in the early years of life are in the stage of language sensitive period and in the imitating stage. Therefore, they are able to absorb the language they heard easily.

  • Saying no often

toddler says no

They love saying no because they want independence to move freely. Therefore, they will say no, if we try to forbid them or when they think we block their way.

Those are the activities 2 years old children like most. It doesn’t mean that those activities are not done in previous age or later on. However, at the age of 2, those activities are delighting for them because they start able to explore those activities more independently than before (less help from adult). And this new sense of independence is actually what makes them like those.

Knowing what 2 years old children like will make us easy in preparing or setting activities our children can do in everyday’s life. By giving the activities they like and need, we actually have given them the opportunity or chance for them to develop their sense of independent which is very important for children’s development in the future.

Check out the activities 2 years old children can do in the next posting 🙂

 

 

Learning about Farm Animal through Pretend Play (Part 1)

One of early vocabularies we often tell to children is animal, particularly farm animal.We read them books and show movies about farm animal. Therefore, they have basic information about it. There’s another activity we can give to children which will strengthen and add their knowledge about farm animals. The activity is farm animals pretend play using farm animals toy set. One toy set we can choose is Wooden Wonder Busy Barnyard Farm Animal Playset. It’s suitable for children age 24 month plus.

To make young children grasp the concept or knowledge related with farm animal, we have to guide them in the beginning of the play. To make us easy guiding them, we need to make some preparations. Here’s an example of the preparations and how to play Wooden  Wonder Busy Barnyard Farm Animal Playset.

Things to prepare:

  • Chalkboard or rolled paper on the wall.
  • Print the images (browse and get the free print out images) which will complete the play and add more fun such as the meadow, the pond, the pig pen, the carrot garden, the vegetables (the pigs’ food), the grain and seed (These are the chicken food, but we can use the real grain and seed to make the play more fun).

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The concept/knowledge goal:

  • Farm animal vocabularies: cow, hen, rooster, dog, duck, horse, pig, rabbit, and sheep.
  • Farm animal’s sounds.
  • Farm animal’s food.
  • The sequence of activities of the farm animals.

How to play:

  • Prepare the Wooden Wonder Barnyard Farm Animal Playset in front of the chalkboard/roll paper.
  • Put the meadow, the pond, the pig pen, and the carrot garden in front of the barnyard.
  • Set the animals in the barnyard.
  • Draw the morning sun on the chalkboard/roll paper. Then say,”It’s morning. It’s time for the rooster to crow.”(This way children know that the rooster crows in the morning)
  • Move the rooster and pretend that the rooster crows.
  • All the other animals wake up one by one.
  • Make the sound of each animal: cows moos, dog barks, ducks quacks, hen clucks, horses neigh, sheep bleats.  (This way children know the sound of each animals. They will definitely making the sound of the animals too).
  • Then, move the farmers. Pretend they take each animal to the place where they will eat. The farm boy & the dog herd the cows, sheep and horses to the meadow. The farm girl takes the ducks to the pond, the hen to the front of the barn, rabbits to the carrot garden, and pigs to the pen.(This way children will know the eating place of each animal).
  • Then, tell what the animals eat: ducks eat fish, hen and rooster eat seeds, cows, horses & sheep eat grass, pigs eat vegetables, rabbits eat carrot, dog eats dog food. (This way children know the food of each animal).
  • Then, we can draw the sun set. We can say that it’s time for the animals to go back to the barn and go to sleep.
  • Move the animals one by one to the barn and make their sounds as well.
  • Once all the animals at the barn, we can draw the moon and the stars on the chalkboard/ roll paper. Therefore, children know that it’s night already.
  • Repeat all the activities one more time. So children know that in farm animals’ daily life, there’s a sequence of activities they do: wake up in the morning-go to the feeding place-eat and drink-go back to the barn in the afternoon-go to sleep.

Those are the preparation and how to play the Wooden Wonder Barnyard Farm Animal Playset. The example would be suitable for children age 2 and early 3 years old. As children grow older or when they’ve been very familiar with the basic knowledge about farm animals, we can expand the knowledge and create the new pretend play. Check how to do it and what are the benefits children can get from the pretend play in Learning about Farm Animals through Pretend Play (Part 2): How to Expand the Knowledge We Introduce to Children

Happy Playing! 🙂

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

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

 

Fun Way to Make Children Do The Must Do Activity

There are times when we need our children to do what we ask them to do straight away. For example, we ask them to take a bath because they have to go to school. But, instead going to the bathroom, they refuse and choose to play their favorite toy. When we face this kind of situation, being angry won’t solve the problem. How it is so? If we’re angry, there’re two actions possibilities children will do. First, they will be defensive which are shown by keep playing or stop playing but still not doing what we ask for or avoiding us. Second, they will show tantrum and refuse us hard. When any of the possibilities happen, it will be more difficult for us to make them doing the activity they have to do.

So, when we are in such situation, we have to find a way to deal with the situation which won’t make the situation getting worse. One way to deal with it is through play or game. Why play or game? It’s a fun activity to do. Children tends to respond quickly to it because the play or game makes  them curious. When their sense of curiosity is stimulated, they will choose to act on the sense. This intrinsic willingness won’t make them refuse the activity we offer. Not as in the case, if we’re being angry.

If it so, what play or game which will attract children’s attention and curiosity. Here are two types of play and game we can offer:

  • Pretend play. Children love doing pretend play. When they pretend to be a character, they usually would love doing anything related with the character.
    • For example, As in the case above, ask what our children do with their toy. If they do pretend play with the toy, go along with the play. While the play is on, give idea by using the toy he play. For example we say that the robot they play need to clean it’s body at the bathroom and our children must help the robot in the bathroom. This will make children finally go to the bathroom.
    • If children are not doing pretend play at the moment, we have to be creative to think of the pretend play our children would love and play along too. We can create duck rescue play (use the rubber duck in the bathroom), pretend to be their favorite character which has to take a bath, etc. All those pretend plays, in the end will make children go to the bathroom.
  • Daily activities challenge. Children like when they are able to do many things. If we challenge them to do something and they’re able to do it, they will feel proud of themselves for being able to do something important. For example, challenge them to take a bath by themselves, race with us in putting the dirty clothes onto the laundry basket, sort the toys to the right boxes, etc.

But those won’t do the magic by themselves. Our involvement is the important key to make both work. Here are the steps to make both work:

  • Be attentive of what our children do at the moment we need them to do something. Do not ask them straight away to do what they have to do, but pay attention of what they do. Therefore, we can think of what is the right pretend play we can do based on what they are doing at that moment which we can stir to make them doing what they have to do.
  • Deliberate the pretend play or the challenge excitedly and in a fun way. Our excitement will make them excited too and want to do the play or the challenge.
  • Keep playing along when they finally do what they have to do till the end of the activity. This will make them do the activity excitedly and won’t think to do anything else but finishing the must do activity.
  • Do the same with the challenge. Support them when they do the challenge. This will make them eager to do and finish the challenge well.
  • Last, praise them for what they have done. This is important as this will make them feel proud of they’ve done. They will also make them know that we appreciate the activity they’ve done and make them want to do it again next time.

Those are the steps we can do to make the play and the game exciting. So, children would love doing what they have to do. And here are the note and tips in making and doing the play or game:

  • The kind of play and game can be applied well for children under 5 years old.
  • Be creative in making kinds of pretend play! Use anything our children like. Children usually will respond if we use thing they like and won’t reject the idea we’ve given.
  • Think about the challenge carefully! Create the challenge we think our children have been able to do or make the challenge of the activity they haven’t been able to do but we know that they have been eager to try. Make sure that our children will be able to finish the challenge (It’s all right if they do not do it excellently. What really matter is that they finish it. This will give them the sense of accomplishment. This is very important. And always remember to praise them of all their effort)

That is all, how play and daily activities challenge can make children do what we ask them to do without tantrums arising from us and our children.

100 Piece Wooden Block Set (Part 2): Ways to Play it and What Can be achieved

         On the previous posting, I have written some ways to play 100 piece wooden block set. The ways are sorting blocks based on color and shapes, and games with the bags. Here, I only write the basic way to play the block set. It’s building or arranging the block set. It can be made into building such as house, castle, or anything as children’s imagination allow it to be. It can also be made into many things and arranged on the ground. It’s like when we play tangram.

          There’s no rules to play it. Just let children to build as they want to be. Let their creativity kick in. Hence, we can also guide the play (in the beginning) and give them example. It will give them perspectives and ideas which they may not think of. And this will stimulate them to create even more. Below is some ideas to guide in the play and some activities examples for children in different age.

1-2 Years Old Children

Here are ways to play the block and what can be achieved:

  • Stack the blocks into tower

    Show children how to stack the blocks into tower. What they are going to love in doing this activity is when they see the blocks falling down. It is so because at this age they love seeing something that moves. If we stack the tower high enough until it falls down, they will laugh and want to see it again and again. Yet, don’t just make them laughing. Ask them to stack the block by themselves. When they do it, they may arrange the blocks as in the picture below.

    Blocks Stacked by 2 Years Old

    As you can see, the blocks are not in a vertical line. That’s why the blocks will fall down easily. It’s not unusual to arrange the blocks as in the picture for 1 – 2 years old. It’s because making the blocks in a vertical line requires the spatial skill and fine motor muscle controls. As they are in the early stage of developing both skills, therefore arranging the blocks in vertical line is still a difficult task for them. Hence, ask them to do the activity often. This will make both skills developed.

    Something to be noted is when we show how to stack the blocks, we have to do it properly, not with the intention to make the blocks fall easily (though it will make our children laugh and excited). If we do it properly, the higher we stack the blocks, they will fall down eventually. We need to do it, so our children can see the right  example of how to stack the blocks. It is important because what they see will be kept in their memory. The example will become a standard which will stimulate them to do as we do. When they fail to do what we do, which is actually normal (due to their developing ability),they will try to figure out how to stack the blocks as we do. And this, actually what makes children developing their spatial and fine motor control muscles. They try, fail, think, learn, practice, succeed and all the experiences kept in their memory. This is when the new ability is achieved.

    Yet, do not always show them example. Do it occasionally. In the times we do not show example, let them to stacks the blocks as they want. This will make them bring out their original creation.

  • Building the blocks

     Ask children to build different kind of blocks vertically as in the picture below.

Toddler plays 100 Piece Wooden Block Set with Carrying bag by Imagination Generation

Do the steps as in stacking tower. Show our children example, let them try to follow what we do, then let them create their own buildings.

3 Years Old

Basically ways to play it the same as 2 years old. Yet, there will be differences. At this age, children are commonly able to stack some blocks in a vertical line by themselves like the picture below.

Blocks Stacked by 3 Years Old

This is a result of previous experiences. When they are able to do this, it actually shows their development in spatial and fine motor muscles control ability. If our children haven’t been able to do this, don’t worry. Just keep practicing, they will eventually be able to do it. Remember practice makes perfect. Yet, don’t be satisfied with this. Encourage our children to do more. Give more variations and more difficult tasks of how to arrange the blocks. This will make them keep thinking and developing their ability even more. Here are some examples:

Pyramid  Colorful Pyramid
Stairs  Colorful Stairs.png

There are two more abilities added to arrange the blocks as examples. They are following pattern and sequencing. It seems easy for us adult, but for children it’s not as easy as it looks like. To make the stairs, they have to arrange the blocks in sequence of blocks amount: one block, two blocks and three blocks. It means they have to know the sequence of numbers and the actual amount that is represented by the numbers. If we make the stairs in different colors, it will add difficulty levels as they have to combine two attributes at once, number and colors. They also have to use their spatial skills and fine motor skills. So, many tasks at once for a simple activity.

As in building blocks, they commonly have been able to build many blocks to higher stack and able to arrange the blocks in neat vertical arrangement as in the picture below. Let them to create the building as they want as they have enough basic abilities to make their own creation which may surprise us.

3 Years Old Build the Blocks

4 Years Old and Above

At this age, they are commonly able to do the tasks in previous age. Give them more challenge. Ask them to create things from the blocks. At first, as in previous age, we can give examples and let them follow what we create. This will, again, practice their ability to follow pattern. It’s better if we give difficult pattern to follow. Then ask them to create their own thing. This is a more difficult task to do, as they have to imagine thing they see in their life or even from their imagination. Then they have to project what’s on their mind into real thing through blocks. This requires imagination, shapes recognition and making pattern (which is a cognitive skills).

Here are some examples of pattern which can be made with 100 piece wooden block set (note: the blocks are put on the ground).

 Car A Dog  Lorry
 Smiley Face 2  Giraffe Boat at the Sea

Note: All the patterns above are only example and they are made with the 100 piece wooden block set. Create more examples of pattern and buildings for children such as house, castle, building with bridges, etc.

Those are the ways to play 100 piece wooden block set. Hence, there’s something to be noted. Basically when our children play, let them play as they want it to be. As this will stimulate their creativity. On the contrary, we can also give examples -only do it occasionally- as those will give them perspective they may not think of yet. As they like to follow what adult do, they will definitely try to follow the pattern. And this will give them chance to learn and practice many abilities they needed such as: spatial skill, fine motor, following pattern, and shapes recognition. Later, after they master the basic skills, when they play the blocks by themselves, they may create their own pattern or buildings creation which may be more complex than the ones they created before. When they have been able to do this, it will be their great achievement as this shows a further development of cognitive skills.

So, keep 100 piece wooden block set for your children. Give them chance to develop their abilities more with it.  Happy playing with your children 🙂

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100 Piece Wooden Block Set (Part 1): Ways to Play It and What Can be Achieved

 

100 Piece Wooden Block Set (Part 1): Ways to Play it and What Can be Achieved

Building block is the toy most children have. There are many products of building blocks we can choose at the market. Here is one of them. It’s 100 piece wooden block set with carrying bag.

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The set consists of 16 rectangular prisms, 32 cubes, 4 cylinders, 4 large triangles, 2 small triangles, 6 crescents, 6 bridges and 30 ledges. Building blocks can be played in most ways. For the set of particular blocks above, here are some ways to play it based on children’s age :

  • Sorting colors: to play it, we need to provide 5 containers with different colors which are red, blue, green, orange and beige.
Children’s Age How to Play and What Can be Achieved from The Play
1-2 years old When we ask children to sort based on colors, we actually have to show them. So, we sort the blocks and say the colors of the blocks. Let them follow us. We have to do it because they haven’t able to differentiate colors yet. Therefore, when they do this activity, they will grasp more about the colors ‘words’ instead of the color concept. It is so because at this age, they are in the sensitive period of language. While to differentiate colors, it requires a higher cognitive ability which is controlled in the higher part of the brain which hasn’t developed completely at this age.
3 years old At the age of 3, we can ask children to sort blocks based on colors by themselves. Because based on 3 years old developmental milestones, a 3 years old has been able to differentiate colors. It’s due to the brain which has completely built. Yet, every children has their own development pace (some children may be faster in development than the common development of a 3 years old, some may be slower). If our children haven’t able to do it, do not force them. Just do the play as 2 years old do. Do it routinely. In time, they will be able to recognize each colors and sort by themselves.
  • Sorting shapes :
    • To play it, we need place mats with the shapes of square, rectangle and triangle. We can make them from paper, felt or old cardboard. Use the same color place mats for children 1 up to 3 years old which will make them concentrate more on the shapes differences than the colors.
    • As for 4 years old and above, we need to provide blue, red, orange, green and beige square mats, rectangle mats and triangle mats. We can also provide cubical box, rectangular box and cylinder with same color which will be used for different kind of game. For another kind of game, we can provide blue, red, orange, green and beige cubical boxes, rectangular boxes and cylinders.
Children’s Age How to Play and What can be Achieved from The Play
1-2 years old How to do it, it’s basically like sorting blocks based on colors. We sort the blocks and say the shapes. Let children follow what we do. In this way, they will grasp the shapes vocabularies.
3 years old Based on the developmental milestones of 3 years old, they usually have been able to differentiate at least two or three shapes. So, ask them to sort the blocks based on shapes by themselves. Yet, again every children has their own development pace. If they haven’t able to do it, just do the play as for 2 years old.
4 years old and above At the age of 4 years old and above, we can give more difficult sorting game such as:

  • Sort based on two attributes -color and 2D shape- at one time. For example, they have to put blue square to blue square mat , red rectangle to red rectangle mat, etc.
  • Sort based on 3D shapes. When they’ve just learned about 3D shapes, it’s going to be a fun game to play which can develop their ability in 3D shapes recognition.
  • Sort based on two attributes -color and 3D shape- at once such as red cubes to red cubical box, blue cylinder to blue cylinder, etc. Yet, do this when they have been fluent in recognizing 3D shapes
  • Games with the Bag : As the 100 piece wooden block set comes with a carrying bag, we can use the bag not only to keep the blocks but use it to play game as well.

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Children’s age How to Play and What Can be Achieved
1-2 Years Old

Here are the steps to play the blocks with the carrying bag:

  • Ask children to close their eyes. Then, hide a block or some in the carrying bag.
  • Ask them to find where the blocks are. Hence, create a situation where our children will figure that the blocks in the bag.
  • Let them peek!
  • After they find the blocks, we can say that the blocks are in the bag.
  • Ask them to bring the blocks out of the bag. Then we say that the blocks are out of the bag.
  • By stressing the words in and out, they basically learn about preposition.
  • There are many variations of word vocabularies we can tell to children. When they bring out the blocks, we can count the blocks, say the colors and the shapes as well.
3 years old Here are the games we can give to 3 years old:

  • What’s in the bag game. To play it, we put some blocks in the bag. Ask children to touch the blocks in the bag, but they can not peek into it. They have to guess the shapes by touching the blocks only.
  • Memory game. To play it, we have to provide at least 2 shapes on the mat or on the table. Show to children. Then ask them to close their eyes. we hide one of the shapes in the bag. Let children open their eyes and they have to guess what shape is missing/ hidden in the bag (Note: It’s done only when children have been able to differentiate shapes. It also can be used for other attribute such as colors).
  • Counting game. Here are two ways to play it:
    • Put some blocks in the bag. Ask children to bring out the blocks and count them by themselves. To make them excited and eager to play, make it like a pretend play. For example, pretend we’ve lost some blocks and we need our children help to find where the blocks are and check how many blocks are hidden. Be creative with the pretend play and suit it with your children likeness. This will make them want to play even more.
    • Spread the blocks on the floor and ask children to put some blocks, for example 3 blocks, in the bag. To make them excited, take turn in giving instructions.  Ask them to tell how many blocks we have to put in the bag.
4 Years Old and Above Basically the games are the same as 3 years old, yet with a bit of differences such as:

  • In what’s in the bag game, instead the 2D shapes, ask them to tell the name of 3D shapes.
  • In the memory games, we can ask children to memorize two attributes for each blocks. For example blue cube, red cylinder, etc.
  • Use the blocks and the bag to do addition or subtraction game.
    • Example of addition game: We put 1 block on the mat. Ask children to bring out 1 block from the bag onto the mat.  Then, we  say one bag on the mat plus one block from the bag makes two blocks on the mat. Ask children to do many addition using the blocks and the bag as example.
    • Example of subtraction game: We put 3 blocks on the mat. Ask children to take one block and put it in the bag. Then we say 3 blocks were on the mat, then you took 1 block and put it in the bag. Now there’re 2 blocks on the mat left. Ask children to do many subtraction using the blocks and the bag as example.

Those are some ways to play 100 Piece Wooden Block Set. There will be more ways to play the set in 100 Piece Wooden Block Set (Part 2): Ways to Play It and What Can be Achieved.

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Introducing Schedule to 2 & 3 Years Old Children by Sequencing Daily Routine Activities

          Introducing a concept for children under 5 years old is always best by stimulating their senses. The stimulation will enrich their experiences. The experiences will be kept in the memory which will be retrieved from the memory storage when those are needed to recall a concept/ an information. For instance, a child  learns about cat by seeing the picture from book. From there he  may know (after we told him, of course) that a cat has furry body, four legs, paws and tail. Then, he sees the real cat. When he sees it, he may not realize spontaneously that it’s a cat because the real cat is moving, bringing out ‘meouw’ sound or it may have different fur color with the one in the book. It’s why, he needs time to say that it’s a cat or he may even think that it’s not a cat due to the differences. Yet, if a child learns about cat not only from the book but by interacting with the cat like; touching, hearing the cat’s sound, playing or even feeding, he will also be able to get information about the cat from all his senses. So next time he sees another cat which looks a bit different (let’s say it has different color), he will be able to say spontaneously that it’s a cat. It is so because he still can find the cat’s characteristic such as the sound, the cat’s fur texture, etc.  Therefore, the more information a child gets from all his senses, the more he gets the big picture of a concept. And this big picture is the one which will be useful for him to understand a concept.

          This process is applied to every concept. So, when we want to introduce schedule to 2 & 3 years old children, it’s better if we give many stimulation other than telling the time of the schedule & looking at the schedule board. One way to stimulate and introduce the schedule is by sequencing the daily routine activities. To do that, we have to make daily routine table which can be played by them.  Below is the explanation how to make it.

Things we need :

Felt (Use any color you like. The blue felt on the right is only example). The size is adjustable based on your need. I recommend minimum
size of 12” x 24”.

Felt

Ribbon (It’s optional.You can change it with felt or paper which color is different with the felt)

Ribbon (1)

Letter Foam

Chenille Kraft Company Wonderfoam Letters and Numbers, Approx 1500 Pieces, Assorted

Laminated and printed time card (We can make or download it from the internet). The size is adjustable based on your need. I recommend
minimum size width 2.5” and height 1.5”

Time Card

Laminated and printed daily activities card (We can download from the internet). The size is adjustable based on your need. I recommend
minimum size width 2.5” and height 1.5”

Daily Activity Card

Velcro. Cut as the size of the time and daily activities card.

Velcro (1)

Glue gun

Glue Gun (1)

Bulletin Board

Cork Bulletin Board

Here is the picture of  the daily routine felt table:

Daily Routine Board for 2 and 3 Years Old Children

How to make the board:

  • Prepare the felt
  • Paste the letters foam onto the top of the felt
  • Paste the ribbon as divider among daily routine title, time and the activities
  • Paste the soft side of the Velcro on the felt
  • Paste the rough side of the Velcro at the back of the time card & daily activities card

How the activity is done :

  • Ask children to paste the time and the daily activities cards onto the felt.
  • For 2 years old children, we can give the time and daily activities cards one by one based on the daily routine sequence. At the same time, mention the time and the activities described on the card. Therefore, they can repeat the words.
  • For 3 years old children, we can show the picture of daily routine sequence (we have to print the example). So, they can paste the cards in sequence by looking at the example.
  • After they paste all the cards, we can hang the felt onto the bulletin board. So, they can see the daily routine schedule they’ve arranged.

That’s the activity to introduce schedule to 2 and 3 years old children, It’s simple activity. Yet, there are advantages they can get. Here is the list:

2 Years Old Children

3 Years Old Children

– Early stimulation to understand schedule concept

– Further stimulation to understand schedule concept. This time by giving activity which gives insight that schedule is basically the sequence of daily activities

– Enhance the vocabularies about number, time and daily activities

– Enhance the vocabularies about number, time and daily activities

– Practice fine motor skill by pasting and pulling the Velcro

– Practice cognitive skill by asking them to follow the sequence as example.

          Make the daily routine felt table as toy which children can play it over and over. If the activity is done routinely, it will make the children grasping the schedule concept as they learn mostly through repetition.

          It takes time to prepare the daily routine table. Yet, it’ll be worthy for our children as they will get many stimulation about daily routine schedule such as being told about the time, looking at the daily routine schedule board, sequencing the daily routine activities, doing the activities and later using schedule application in the gadget. Those stimulation will give big picture about schedule which make them understand the daily routine schedule concept easily.

Related Posting:

Daily Routine Schedule (Part 1) : It’s Benefit in Dealing with Young Children

Daily Routine Schedule (Part 2) : The Example

Daily Routine Schedule (Part 3) : It’s Application in Life

The Opportunity to Arrange Schedule: A Basic to Achieve Schedule Making Ability

5 Book Types for 2 Years Old Children

Book is printed media we can introduce to children since early age. Giving books matches with children development stages can be a way to improve their development. On this posting, I will explain about book types that are suitable for 2 years old children. Here are 5 book types, I often choose for my 2 years old students, with reasons why the books are suitable for them :

  1. Book with interesting, large and colorful pictures. Two years old children learn more through their senses. One of the senses is sight sense. Colorful pictures will attract their sight sense.  When they are attracted, they would want to explore the book. Therefore, they can learn about things printed in the book. Example:

alphabet book

2. Interactive Books. These give 2 years old children opportunity to explore what they can do with their senses. There are kinds of interactive books. Here is the list:

  • Touch and feel books. Giving this kind of book, makes 2 years old children able to learn about textures by touching them. The picture in the book will add the fun. Therefore, their touching sense will be stimulated in fun way which later on makes 2 years old children memorize the textures easily.

 

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  • Lift the flap books. Two years old children strive for independence. In this age, their physic have grown well. Therefore, they have been able to do gross motor skill activity steadier than before. This makes them want to explore things around them, not only by seeing but by touching as well. The lift and flap books can be used to fulfill the children’s need of exploring things. The book offers simple activity for them. They can open and close the flaps in it and find out what are behind the flaps. This simple activity can make them excited and want to do it over and over again.

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  • Books require children to do activities, for example zipping or buttoning. Two years old children love imitating words or activities said or done by people around them. By giving the book that can accommodate this behavior, they will be pleased. This also can be a good practice before they can do the real thing.

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  • Books with audio. These kind of books usually offer children story with audio whether it’s the sound of animals, the word’s pronunciation or songs. They usually love the sound because it’s attractive and entertaining. They also love following the sound comes out from the book. It can be a way for them to learn how to pronounce words well.

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3. First words books. Two years old time is the time where children having language period sensitive. It means, their ability in absorbing language is in the peak time. They are in stage of sensitive to words. Therefore, it’s good if we give them books which can add their vocabularies. The themes can be vary such as things at the house, animals, plants, body parts, shapes, number, color, etc.

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4. Story books. Story can help 2 years old children understand values that we want to teach to them. Choose story books which have more illustration than the story. So, children can understand the story that we read from the illustration as well. Pick themes relate with their daily life (such as about family, their favorite things, story related with themselves, etc) because they haven’t able to imagine things far away from them (haven’t able to think abstractly).

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5. Books about daily life activities. These kind of books will make 2 years old children learn about things they can do. This can be a bridge before asking them to practice things they can do independently. Interesting pictures usually stimulate them to want to do the activities.

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Those are the book types suitable for 2 years old children which are interesting for them and can be used to develop their abilities. There are two more tips related with books for them:

  1. For safety reason, pick the book made from thick paper such as cardboard. This kind of book will prevent children from being cut by the thin paper. Their hands are still delicate, so thin paper are still not suitable for them.
  2. Read the book for them. No matter how good the book is, it will be useless if we do not read for them. Yes, they can see the good pictures in the book, but without any explanation, those pictures won’t have any meaning for them. The book will give them knowledge only when they know what are inside the book. We are the one who is in charge in making the book meaningful and exciting for them. So, happy reading for your children 🙂

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