Children this age love trains! This is a fun song about a train to sing with your child:
The train is rolling down the track,
Listen to the wheels go clickety clack,
Over the bridge, around the bend,
Taking me for a ride.
Pretend you are a train moving around the house. Be creative with your movements as you turn on bends, go up hills, blow your whistle.
Your child will develop eye/hand coordination with this fun stringing activity. Knot one end of the pipe cleaner. Show your child how to put the pipe cleaner in the hole of each bead. Let your child continue. Try not to interrupt your child's work.
Children love to be creative as they paint the sides of the bath tub. Provide your child with bath tub crayons designed for use while bathing. See how long your child will stay with this activity. Take a photo of the bath tub artwork to display for all to see!
Play doh provides opportunities to develop fine motor skills and creative play for your child. Show your child how to roll the dough into snakes. Make different sizes of snakes. Make the snake noise. Name the snakes: Mommy snake, daddy snake, baby snake, etc.
Young children enjoy replicas of the things they see in the real world. If your child watches the school bus every morning, your child will enjoy playing with a play school bus. Your child may like toy cars and trucks. Begin to observe what your child is doing with these toys. Play is how your child makes sense of the world. It is an important part of brain development. You may notice that your child makes a sound when the bus door opens. This shows your child is absorbing audio clues in the environment. Encourage your child to imitate what they see, "What sound did the truck make?" "How did the garbage truck empty the can?"
Play Doh helps develop hand muscles, an important pre writing skill. Put some play doh on the your child's table or high chair tray. Show your child how hands are used to push down the play doh. Try making a birthday cake with your child out of play doh. Form the cake and add small plastic letters, pike cleaners, birthday candles or golf tees. Sing Happy Birthday and pretend to blow out the candles!
This activity will help your child develop hand muscles that promote fine motor skills. Exercising hand muscles prepares your child for writing. Show your child the baster and demonstrate how to squeeze the bulb to fill it. Lift the baster out of the water and squeeze it again to empty it.