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Our Blog: April 26, 2012

Infant Toddler Experiences

Enjoy these great activities with your child perfect for infants and toddlers!

Little Drummers

What is Needed:

  • Find some fun songs that you can beat a drum to. Really any songs other than lullabies would work.
  • Gather wooden spoons, pots of various sizes and their lids

Doing the Activity:

  1. Get down on the floor with your infant or toddler and start banging on the bottom of a pot with a wooden spoon.
  2. As you are drumming, how does your child react?  Does she grab a spoon and start drumming or bang on a pot lid?
  3. Does your child bang two lids together like cymbals? Show him or her the noise they can make when they do that. Does your child move to the music and the drumming?
  4. Watch carefully as your infant or toddler bangs with the spoons to make sure no one gets poked with a wooden spoon.
  5. Continue banging and drumming as long as your child is engaged.

Building Blocks

What is Needed:

  • You will need to gather different sizes of cardboard boxes. Choose some that an infant or toddler can hold in her hand. Tape them shut using masking tape.

Doing the Activity:

  1. Place the boxes on the floor near your child. What does he or she do?
  2. Place one of the boxes on top of another box. Does your child seem interested in what you are doing?
  3. Encourage him or her to build with you by handing her a box or placing a box in front of him. Does he explore the box?
  4. Continue building with your child to see how high your building can go. Keep playing until your child loses interest.

How to make it easier or harder:

  • To make it harder: Place the boxes away from your infant or toddler and encourage them to crawl or scoot over to the pile of boxes.
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