Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hannabert's Toddler Bucket List

Hmmm...As if we don't have enough to do, I have decided that Hannabert needs to have a bucket list.  Rather, Horn and I need a bucket to make sure Hannabert gets to do all the fun stuff that we might forget about.  Thanks to this post, we now have a guideline.

Play Together:
  • “I spy” in the car or at the park
  • Build and knock down block towers
  • Rolling along toy cars
  • Puppets
  • Dress up
  • Peek-a-boo
  • Patty Cake
  • Hide & Seek
  • Pretend to be tigers and chase each other
  • "Talk" like dogs and cats
  • Pretend you can’t find their hands when you’re helping them get dressed

Exploring Nature:

  • Stomp in puddles
  • Feed the ducks, or chase them…
  • Feed a baby goat
  • Fly a kite
  • Walk in the rain
  • Play outside in fresh snow
  • Make snow angels
  • Hop over waves at the beach
  • Look for crabs in the rocks, starfish in the rock pools.
  • Plant a spring flower to watch it grow
  • Pick fruit off of trees
  • Watch a caterpillar become a butterfly
  • Explore the forest, touching everything.
  • Play ‘ look high/look low’ and see what types of creatures or plants they see
  • Run in the fields
  • Toss leaves
  • Collect rocks

Go Visit:

  • Petting zoos
  • A botanical garden
  • An open gym day where your child can free play in the foam pit, the trampolines and the mats.
  • A Children’s Museum
  • Public library toddler reading time
  • Cousins, Grandparents, and Friends!
  • Aquarium

Sensory  Play

  • Playdough
  • Waterbeads
  • Sand castles
  • Playing with rice, bean or cornmeal
  • Anything messy
  • Mud pies, mud holes, mud body paint
  • WATER! In the sink with containers, in the sprinkler, in a sand and water table.
  • Pour and measure – add a drop of food color for fun
  • Squeeze wet sponges
  • Walk the neighborhood with a watering can and “water” the flowers you see
  • Long baths – not just for getting clean

Songs, Rhymes and Stories

  • Read books together
  • Touch and feel board books
  • Sing and dance
  • Songs with lots of movement, like “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider”, “The Wheels on the Bus”, and “Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes.
  • Have spur of the moment dance parties
  • Write a book together
Cooking
  • Pretend or real cooking
  • Make goop, gak or slime
  • Baking cookies or mixing pancakes together
  • Bake banana muffins
  • Have a Tea Party
  • Decorating cookies with lots of sprinkles that go everywhere!
Arts and Crafts
  • Finger painting
  • Pudding Paint!
  • Water coloring paint
  • Stickers
  • Sidewalk chalk scribbles
  • Stamping
  • Make handprint art – tracing, impressions in salt dough and paint handprints

More Play!

  • Blowing and catching bubbles
  • Balloons and balls -Balloon baseball!
  • Bikes, Trikes and Ride-on toys
  • Knobbed Puzzles
  • Do “chores” with Mama and Papa
  • Push baby strollers or shopping carts
  • Rough and tumble play
  • Build “forts” out of boxes or couch cushions!
  • Make blanket tents and tunnels
And of course: Tickle, snuggle, kiss, and have lots of playful physical interaction.

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