Little G is 21 months old and VERY active… Which is made tricky by the fact that I’m nine months pregnant. Ha! So for us, having quick, go-to learning activities makes all the difference.
Here’s are some activities you can try when you are playing with your 21 month old:
I have this small metal colander and paired it with pipe cleaners that I’d snipped short (the longer they are, the harder the activity becomes!). He loves putting the pieces through all the different holes.
Santa brought him THIS
Color Wonder Paint and while he starts out with a ton of zeal, the activity only holds his interest for about five minutes. Still, he likes fingerprinting and the mess is very minimal!
He LOVES dropping chips through the narrow slit of a plastic box. It’s great for his fine motor development!
And for gross motor, there’s nothing like moving the basketball hoop inside! We have a huge basket of balls and he loves to see which ones fit and which ones are too big. It’s great for vocabulary development, as we say, “Too BIG!” or, “Just right!”
If you’re nervous about tiny pieces, this one may not be for you but G loves ANYTHING tiny. So I dumped out some sea animal beads and gave him an ice cube tray. We sat together (ALWAYS monitor with small pieces!) and he transferred, played, and examined all the beads. I would also ask him to find a certain bead (“Can you find Mama a dolphin?”) and have him search and find!
This is one of G’s faves. He dumps the pompoms out and then puts one in each well. The size is perfect for the pompom and only one fits, which helps build his knowledge of one-to-one correspondence.
Coloring is always a fun, quick activity. He DOES enjoy markers more but when Mama is resting, crayons are a less messy option! I get the large construction paper from the teacher supply store so he has a ton of space to create.
With a new baby coming in a month (eek!), we’ve been doing a lot of role playing with big sister’s dolls (yes, we totally promote him playing with dolls). It’s such a great way to demonstrate being gentle and kind and loving!
I picked these little paint books for a dollar each at Michaels and both M and G love them! I love them because all you need is water and a paint brush, as the paint is built into the page. G loves dipping into the water and painting. So easy, quick, and fun!
Written by Jill
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