Last month, I shared tips for encouraging baby development through black and white books and images. As promised, the next post in my series of encouraging literacy through the ages relates to toddlers. This group of 1- to 3-year-olds is at a wonderful stage of discovery and the perfect age for introducing the importance of books.
It’s no surprise that my six-year-old son is a huge fan of Lego. For Christmas and his last two birthdays, he has gotten several sets, and whenever given the option of getting a new toy, it is always the first thing he picks.
Before my son was born, I read the book “The Baby Whisperer” to prepare for his arrival. Because it was pre-kids, I took my time reading it and even took notes. Let me just say: I don’t get to read much these days, and when I do, I definitely don’t have the time to jot things down!
When my son was younger, he was gifted a handful of farm animal figurines. As a two-year-old, he loved lining them up and sharing what sounds they made with me. When we were at our local bookstore, we came across more animals from the same company. What I loved about them was their durability and realistic nature.
I am always on the lookout for activities that can keep my little ones occupied for a few short moments for when I have housework to catch up on or when I am trying to get a meal on the table. When these activities have a learning component, it makes me even happier!
One of my favourite things to buy for my kids are art supplies. As a child, I spent hours crafting, and I love watching my son and daughter create their own masterpieces (despite it being messy and unorganized at times). When I was recently at IKEA to buy paint and brushes, I came across some cute stamp pens. They were extremely reasonable, so of course I added them to my cart and couldn’t wait to share them with the kids!