Hello, Goodbye, Thank you and learning their names at snack time
Top tips for toddlers:
I am only 2 - Remember I am only 2 years old; I may have only been walking for a few months or just started to talk. Please remember to have realistic expectations of what I should be doing.
Top tips for talking:
Try not to ask your child too many questions, especially ones that sound like you're constantly testing the child. The best questions are those that challenge the child to think rather than give an instant answer, like yes or no. Too many questions can easily block the flow of natural conversation.
Fireworks - leading up to and following on from the fireworks displays we have been making lots of chalk pictures on black paper and drawing chalk pictures on the ground outside. Swirling, whirling pictures just like some of the displays that we went to see.
Rhymes - Looking at different rhymes, Hot cross buns, Old MacDonald and now 5 little ducks, the props of which are left out so the children can then choose to use them as they sing. The children have ben asking for lots of different songs to sing.
Noisy Neighbour - Four different instruments are selected and the children hear the sound they each make. One child then goes off to hide, whilst the other children sit and wait to hear the sound that the child hiding makes. They have to guess the sound and what instrument made it - Good listening skills
Babies - Lots of caring and sharing. Taking the babies for walks, dressing them, bathing, changing nappies, feeding. Playing Mum and Dad and even singing to get the babies to sleep.
Spaghetti - Lots of lovely spaghetti to squish, squeeze, squidge, smell, gather up and swirl around. They are like worms, some thought they were like snakes. Its sticky, like glue. This encourages lots of chat, discussion, thoughts and getting messy.