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The most common question I receive is what activities can you do with a bubs who is around the toddler stage. That being either a fully fledged toddler, or a beginner toddler (15 months or so).
My answer is this: You can do whatever you like! Don’t be afraid to get crafty and try paint, playdough, paper or glue! You might not think a child so young would benefit, or maybe you think they would be more interested in eating the glue, than sticking. Their attention span might not be very long either and you might find them soon distracted by something else. That’s all true of course. But here is what they will gain:
* Language Building: As you work with your toddler, you will be talking to them, explaining what you are doing, asking questions and sharing. All this will help build your child’s vocabulary or help them form those first words!
* Bonding: I had so much fun crafting with my little man. We smiled, played and he drew a big grin every time I said “Wow!” at his accomplishments.
* Sensory Development: Learning what the toddler can scrunch, how cotton wool is soft and how glue is sticky all helps to build your child’s sensory development!
* Motor Skills: Pasting, manipulating objects, holding a crayon or texta and using different tools to create their craft all helps little ones develop their fine motor skills.
We created our crafts using products from the Micador Early Start Range. I should note that the Early Start range is aimed at 2-4 year olds. My little man is 16 months, so he had a little more input from me but he was more than capable to use all the items!
This range is perfectly designed with little ones in mind. The glue is completely non-toxic and safe to use. My little man was so amused by the fact that it went on purple, it was like he was painting! It also made it easier to know where to stick things like cotton wool for our bunny and paper for our fish scales.
The chunky markers are perfect! They are short which makes them so much easier for little hands to hold and they are non-toxic and completely washable. My little man got this stuff all over him. I couldn’t get the pink marker away from him after our activities but knowing it was washable and non-toxic put me at ease. If they leave the lid off you can rehydrate them by putting them under some water too!
Now I did let him have a hold of the scissors, but he didn’t really know what to do with them. But that’s ok. I modelled and he watched! The more he watches the quicker he will soon learn. As a school teacher though I’m loving how they don’t open too wide. Safety first! They also have a clever little safety latch attached.
The Imagination Paper (see below) is very cool. There’s nothing worse than not having something on hand to whip out when your child gets the urge to craft. This has everything you need. Shapes on one page to cut out, sticker sheet on the back to make eyes or whatever you like. And of course, coloured paper to cut out, decorate or draw on.
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