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Ways to Incorporate Learning Into Your Toddler's Day‏



For toddlers between the ages of one and three, learning looks a whole lot like playing. After all, play is how they discover all about the world and how it works. If you have a toddler this age, don't worry about breaking out the workbooks or flashcards just yet (though you certainly can if you want to). Instead, use these five easy ways to incorporate learning into your toddler's day for learning that is seriously fun and educational.


1. Read Books:- The simplest and most effective method of teaching your toddler is one that you are likely doing already: reading books together. Long before children learn how to read, they have to learn basic print concepts, such as what words are and what they are used for and the fact that you read from left to right (or right to left in some countries). As you read to your children and point to the words, they naturally pick up on this concept. Reading is fantastic for introducing your children to all sorts of new concepts and ideas too, especially if you read a wide variety of informative books.

2. Play with Alphabet Blocks:- It's amazing how many educational games you can play with a toy as simple as blocks. Sort them into groups by color or size. Place them into groups of a certain number. Identify the words or letters written on the sides of the blocks. Practice simple addition with small groups of blocks. Arrange them into shapes or patterns. The possibilities are endless!

3. Go on Nature Walks:- In today's computer-focused world, it is all too easy to forget how much learning happens outside. Go on a nature walk around your neighborhood and see how many bugs and animals you can find. Collect leaves in the fall and use them to make a cute craft. Play I-spy and look for items of a certain color, shape or size or items that are used in a particular way.

4. Color Round-Up:- Teach your toddler her colors by having her find as many items as she can that are all the same color. For example, have her go through your home and find all the blue objects she can find. Chances are, she'll want to play this fun game wherever you are. You can even play this same game with letters or shapes as well.

5. Show Me a Happy Face:- While toddlers have an innate ability to go from one emotion to the next quickly and seamlessly, they often don't understand their emotions or what causes them. Help your child learn about his emotions by playing the "Show me a happy face" game. Pretend you're in a certain situation, and then help your child make the appropriate face. For example, pet a stuffed puppy and then say "Show me a happy face!" Pretend to fall down and then say "Show me a sad face!" Your child will think this is hilarious, and he'll have fun learning about his emotions too! Save the homework drama for the school-aged years.

These five ways to incorporate learning into your toddler's day are educational and fun!

What other ways do you incorporate learning?

Annmarie John
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  1. When my kids were little we did a lot with flashcards and Alphabits cereal. Now that they are older, it's more like educational apps and things like that.

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  2. Totally perfect ways to indeed incorporate learning at this age and will say we have kind of surpassed the toddler stage, but still never too old to do some basics from time to time.

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  3. We have our daughter practice writing her alphabet every day.

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    1. We used to practice the alphabet and counting in the car. It made car rides fun!

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  4. These are wonderful ways to incorporate learning into the day! Especially reading... you know me with reading, I can't get enough of it!

    Identifying emotions is an essential "skill" to teach children and it's so easy to incorporate into the day.

    I love these toddler/learning posts you've been sharing lately. Your interest, involvement, and passion really come out in them!

    Wishing you a beautiful day my friend.
    xoxo

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  5. We incorporate learning as much as possible because we homeschool. I try to make everything available to them so the world is a lesson to them. Whether I'm cooking, cleaning, etc. I try to turn into a learning activity. With laundry, sorting is great for the younger children, we will sort by color or type. When cleaning, I try to organize things so that they are learning colors, letters, numbers, etc. Learning happens all day long here!

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  6. With my youngest, I try to involve her in everything. I talk to her about what I'm doing or I have her in my lap while I'm doing stuff. Sometimes it means typing around her and that can be a bit adventurous. We also sing a lot of songs (or rather, I sing to her) and we have posters up in her room about the alphabet, shapes, colors, opposites. She's only 8 months but I figure you have to start somewhere.

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  7. Reading books and have him in a park works for me. Thank you for reminding

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  8. Such great tips. We read together like crazy when my kids were little. Every minute is a learning experience!

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  9. Will come in handy when I have my own kids ;)

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  10. These are great. When my son was younger (and even now) we practiced unschooling where literally everything can be a lesson. His favorite thing was gardening and learning about sustainability by helping pic weeds and veggies from the garden.

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  11. I think my son learned numbers and letters better when we were grocery shopping. I would give him one to look for and he would hunt to find it.

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  12. Great advice! I really think anything you can do to stimpulate a todders imagination is great! It really makes them think for themselves!

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  13. This is so important these days because kids are learning at such a faster pace than we did. By the time they get to preschool they should already know alot of things and that's the parents job to teach them. Great tips!

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  14. Great ideas! When taught young, kiddos will carry these ways of learning through adulthood!

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  15. For my son I ask lots of questions that make him think about what is happening around him.

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  16. I love your tips! We love to read books. We love nature walks, or even to walk around our garden and put out the fruits, flowers, vegetables by name and color.
    That's a big part of going out. It's all about cars, vans, buses, trucks and airplanes. And what color they are!
    And having a teacher-like big sister is big for Des. She loves to teach him.

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  17. 3 Cheers for nature walks. I used to do that with my Daughter. Even as she got older, we would still go on our nature walks.

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  18. We def do the emotion faces, those can be fun! I just talk and talk and talk to my toddlers. If I am cooking I talk about safety and tell them random stuff. You'd be surprised what they understand and pick up.

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  19. That will definitely help out my little one. We love books at our house and my daughter loves being outdoors. Amber N

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  20. These are amazing ideas. I have an almost two year old so these are perfect!

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  21. My kids love reading! My littlest enjoy listening to me read to them too! Such great ideas!

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  22. My kids are older now 17 and 12, so they learn on their own. My son struggles a bit so I try to help him along with educational games and apps

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  23. I did all of these things with my daughter when she was a toddler! I think it is very important to incorporate learning into your child's everyday activities!

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  24. I provide childcare for a 3 yr old and we are currently working on her colors. She has started catching on and getting a few of them right. I try to make up different games and incorporate different colors.

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  25. Well for the really young kids, I'd say the word to the kiddo so they learn to associate it. For my nephew, he was learning English with me :)

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  26. We would put spelling words, phone numbers, and addresses to popular music songs. That made it easier for them to learn inportant information.

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  27. Reading is so important and fun but we can't leave out technology. I love all of the new fun and educational tech gadgets out there to help little ones learn.

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  28. There are so many opportunities where parents can incorporate learning. Discussing current events with older kids is another way.

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  29. In order to help in reading and communication, we put the closed captions on the TV. I don't know if it's helping though, so I can't recommend it yet.

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  30. We use repetition, rhyming, and song to help teach. The ways you have listed are great too!

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  31. Very good helpful ways to incorporate learning into daily activities. Sharing with a friend that has her first child who just turned one. Her name is also Madison :)

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  32. Reading books was such a key part of our days. I think we must have done it in at least 10 different blocks throughout the day.

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  33. My kids are older, but when they were toddlers we read a lot. In fact, I think that is the reason all of my kids are such great readers now.

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  34. These are great tips and example of how to make learning natural. When my son was younger I used being outside as a teaching time. My son learned lots that way.

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  35. My kids and I used to read lots of books when they were younger. It is a great way to spend some time together.

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  36. Great tips! I'm going to share these with my friends who have toddlers.

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  37. These are cute tips! When my oldest was a toddler he loved those alphabet and numerical fridge magnets. He played with them every day while I made dinner!

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  38. One of the best things that my Mom ever did for me was to buy me books at a young age and read them to me to the point where I was reading classics before starting first grade. That held me in good stead all through school and college. It was a gift!

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  39. Nature walks are such a great learning tool! I also find lots of learning opportunities at the grocery store. Counting, colors, fruits and veggies, label reading... so much fun!

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  40. So Many Great Ways To To Get Your Toddler Learning I Must Try A Few Thank You!1

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  41. I love this! As a teacher, seeing number one made my heart sing. I always tell parents, if they do nothing else with their child but read every day, they have already done a lot.

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  42. Toddlers are little sponges! They will learn as much as you want to teach them!

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  43. Great tips - but we read from left to right! We like to play letter and word games all the time in the car - a really easy way to fit it in!

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  44. There are good ideas here. It is important to make learning fun and part of everyday life for our kids.

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  45. Fantastic ideas. There are some great ways to create learning situations at home.

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  46. My toddler loves helping me in the kitchen. We count how many scoops we put in a recipe and he loves helping to wash the produce.

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  47. These are great tips! My baby is only 3 months old. I purchased a curriculum from http://www.floweringbaby.com/ and have been following the activities in the CD and that includes listening to music. I also go on YouTube and sing along to songs and nursery rhymes with my baby and take her to the library or Barnes & Noble where they have free story time and fun activities for kids. They're never too young to learn! It's always fun thinking of creative ways to teach them.

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  48. I love these. I do a lot of these things with JR. I think the happy face thing and the colors one soon. He wasn't ready for his colors when I showed them to him a few months ago. I have been able to teach him all his letters and he knows the numbers from 1-10. iPad educational apps have helped me a lot with this. For now, we love the nature walks and I'm still working on him being able to say the numbers in order alone and the alphabet. :)

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  49. I love all of these!!! I wish I knew better when I had my son!! He is a smart kid but I could of done better as a mom when he was younger. We live and we learn right?? These are some awesome tips! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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