This is Scarlett’s most favorite book. I’m not sure if she loves it so much because she saw the Gruffalo on Netflix, or because she loves monsters so much. The book has beautiful illustrations, and fun story that rhymes. It’s definitely a must-have. Continue reading “Our 10 favorite books (12-24 months old)”
This article is updated as Scarlett is growing up, so you’ll see that different month ages are mentioned here.
Shape monsters activities
Originally I made these shape monsters for stringing activity but we found some other ideas how to play with them. They are made out of felt sheets (you want stiff ones to keep the shape). I cut out squares, triangles and circles, put googly eyes on them and made a slit in the middle of each shape. Googly eyes are optional if you think your child might put them in his or her mouth. Scarlett wasn’t interested in taking the eyes off, so I kept them. I made an identical pair for each shape. Here are a few ways how we play with these shape monsters:
- First of all, having those slits in the middle of each shape, allows Scarlett to put them on her fingers, so they kind of turn into finger puppet monsters. When she puts one shape on her finger, I ask her to find identical one and put it on the finger on the other hand.
- I have been using a plastic box from a bento box take-out that we ordered recently for sorting activities. Shapes can be sorted by type in each container section.
- I separated two identical pairs of shape monsters into 2 piles. As Scarlett takes one shape from one pile, I ask her to find a matching pair from another, and arrange them on a table in pairs.
Another activity idea is to put these shape monsters on craft sticks or straws.
They are great for learning shapes, you can be creative and come up with your ideas how to play.
I recently discovered a fascinating educational method by Makoto Shichida, that focuses on the development of the child’s right brain. I’ve been overwhelmed with interesting information and started to apply it to our activities with my toddler right away. It’s not easy to find detailed information about his method online, and his books in English are only available from Japan. So I ordered his book – if anybody is interested it’s here or you can read my summary below. Besides reading the book, I gathered information from parents whose kids went to Shichida schools in Asia, so here is a recap of what I learned and how we implement it with our 19-month-old.
As you know, left brain controls things like logic, written and spoken languages, scientific ability and number skills. The Shichida method targets the development of the right brain which is responsible for the photographic memory ability, computer-like calculation ability, intuition and creative imagination. All these skills can be acquired by doing exercises that stimulate the right brain. The idea of my child having these skills sounds very exciting to me, considering that I have a very bad memory. If I can help my child develop even some of these skills, I would consider myself an accomplished parent. Continue reading “Shichida method overview. Plan of activities for all ages. Our adaptation for 18-24 month olds.”
I’d like to share some of the activities and books that I found to be very useful for spending time with my toddler.
Scarlett loves guessing and discovery games, so I made this game that I saw at a story time in our library.
Since it’s recommended to introduce primary colors to a toddler first, we play this game with 3 primary colors for now – red, blue and yellow. But I made 6 houses of 6 colors – primary and secondary so I have them all ready for later.
I lay out 3 houses in front of Scarlett and hide a mouse underneath one of them, and then I say: “Little mouse, little mouse, are you in a red house?” Then we do knock-knock, and check if the mouse is there. It’s a great game to learn colors!
We made this game using Magnetic Sheets . I printed out files, placed them on a sticky side of magnetic sheets, then cut out shapes. This makes them durable too. We play by placing them to a baking tray.
Another option would be to print files out and glue to the cardboard for durability, or laminate them using Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheets.
Here are the printables, and I hope your toddler will enjoy the game!
Here’s a look in our Saturday box of activities and toys.
We do activities and toys rotation for each day of the week, and here’s our Friday box of activities. Here is a link for all our activity boxes: daily activities and toy rotation for 12-18 month olds.
And here is our Thursday box of activities. This is a continuation post for daily rotation of activities and toys for 12-18 month olds.
Your toddler can make this beautiful butterfly, and set up is very easy.
This is a continuation post about daily rotation of toys and activities. We have 7 containers of toys and activities that we change daily.
Here’s a look in our Wednesday box of activities and toys.