Matching is a wonderful pre-reading skill for your child. Place one set of shapes in front of your child. Hold up the other set of shapes one by one and name each shape. See if your child can match the shapes.
Toddlers love knocking things over! Take a few of your empty cereal boxes and line them up on the floor. Push one at the end to show your toddler how they all fall down. Let your toddler try to do the same.
Children's sense of hearing helps them learn. This activity will help your child hear different sounds that come from instruments. Make a sound with each instrument: bell, rhythm sticks, drum. Put the other set of instruments under the blanket. Play one of the instruments. Have your child feel for the instrument that you just played.
Your child will love watching balls roll down tubes! Place the tubes against a cushion. Put the cushion on a slant up against the sofa. Take the basket of small balls and show your child how to put them one by one inside the tube. It should be interesting to see which ball travels the fastest.
Pretend it has snowed inside and you are taking your child for an inside sled ride. Tie a rope on your laundry basket. Pull your child from room to room. Did your child enjoy the sled ride?
This activity may take some time for your child to do. Ask your child to bring you the basket of diapers when your child needs a clean diaper. (This could give you a clue as to when to begin potty training.)
Children learn through the sense of touch. Today they will feel and better understand 'sticky.' Cut a piece of clear contact paper at least 2' long. Remove the backing and tape the contact paper, sticky side up, to the floor or carpeting, (after testing it on the floor). You may want to do place the paper on a cement floor. Your child may just stand on the paper. Your child may run, jump, and dance on it. What does your child do?
Your child will delight in watching you blow bubbles! Encourage your child to pop them as they are blown. Create a space where you can make many bubbles. Enjoy watching your child visually track the bubbles and delight when the bubbles pop! Sing: "Here we go around the bubbles today, the bubbles today, the bubbles today. Here we go around the bubbles today. Pop go the bubbles!"