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For Teachers: Infant/Toddler Activities

Activities for teachers to lead in the infant & toddler classrooms

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For Teachers: Infant/Toddler Activities

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Here’s an idea from an infant teacher at the Superior Children’s Center, a Bright Horizons center in Tyler, TX. She created a kicking wall for their younger infants. Of course they love to kick and feel the leaves! This idea can also be used with many materials, such as bubble wrap, paint, or yarn.

Fall craft and art project for kids: smoosh and stamp pumpkins.

Do you know about this App? Let's Play - A free parenting app from ZERO TO THREE

Being Exposed to Two Languages May Increase Cognitive Benefits in Babies from Science World Report

Encouraging Your Baby's Babbling May Speed Language Development...suggestions here apply to infant caregivers as well.

What’s Really Going on in Babies Brains? Language Development from Eye on Early Education Photo: Courtesy of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, University of Washington

Baby Signs - Quick Reference Guide!

LOVE this idea. Could use a simple wooden coat hanger with desired number or pegs from Hobby Lobby, or the like. Paint it to your liking, then find different colored rings for little loves to sort!!

This sensory board was made by an infant teacher at the Superior Children's Center in Tyler, TX. The different materials, textures and colors make it fun to look at and feel. This board is so versatile, it often moves from classroom to classroom giving many children a chance to touch and feel!

Here is a list of great books for 2 year olds!

Unexpected Toy Find!

5 Ways To Promote Pulling To Stand- from Pink Oatmeal

All ages gelatin sensory play! From Fun at Home with Kids

Toddler Color Sorting Craft

Frozen Gelatin Fossil Excavation - a twist on the classic ice excavation - it's freezing cold, a fun sensory experience, and safe for babies and toddlers!

Mini discovery boxes within treasure baskets - a way for babies (and toddlers) to safely enjoy little objects that are a choking hazard.

Nature activities for infants.

DIY easy catching game using re-purposed milk jugs!

Infant Craft Activity...so sweet and fun!

The toddler room at the Bright Horizons Lands' End Back-up Child Care Center in Dodgeville,WI created a garden atmosphere by adding a green grass rug, flowers, picnic table, garden tools and summer hats!​ The toddlers loved playing in their indoor garden!

Simple but effective! Paper tape roads on a table top

Have you tried putting holes in a cardboard box and providing items such as large pom-poms & cardboard tubes? Wonderful opportunity to observe and see what happens .

The toddlers at the Bright Horizons at Minnetonka, MN really enjoyed this shaving cream activity...without the mess! The Toddlers used bags of shaving cream and cookie cutters to explore shapes! They were able to make, erase, and remake a variety of shapes and practice saying the name of the shape aloud. ​Of course, hands-on messy is best, so it's fun to follow up by opening the bags and digging right in!

Looking for natural wind chimes? The clever infant teachers at our Citibank Family Center in Sioux Falls, SD created these from dried fruit! They started with assorted fruits and sliced them really thin. Once they had dried, they strung them with fishing line and hung them from a recycled paper towel roll which was painted to match the color of the fruit. This created a natural wind chime, which they hung from the ceiling, so the children could see them and smell them.