Activities for toddlers and babies
A theme to teach children the benefits associated with hugs, providing both parties involved agree to this form of physical contact… There are big hugs and there are little hugs. One thing is certain, both the person on the giving end and the person on the receiving end of a hug will reap the benefits of this simple action.
This corner is ideal for children who often hug their peers a little too tightly. Create a refuge that children can go to when they are overexcited or overflowing with emotions. Set stuffed animals, dolls, and large cushions or pillows in your corner. Show children how they can hug these items as tightly as they wish.
ROUTINES AND TRANSITIONS
Morning farewell hug
Throughout the theme, invite parents to give their child an extra special farewell hug each morning, providing their child is willing to receive it.
SENSORY ACTIVITIES (look)
The hug wall
Take pictures of the children in your group hugging a doll, their mother, their brother or sister, a pet or stuffed animal, one of their peers, or another early childhood educator. Display the pictures on a wall and write The hug wall above the pictures. With your group, look at the pictures. Invite parents to admire your wall with their child at the end of the day.
SENSORY ACTIVITIES (touch)
The hugging blanket
Find an extra soft blanket and wrap it around the infants and toddlers in your group. The blanket will feel like a soft hug around their body. Variation: Sit on the floor with your group. Hide under your soft blanket together and give each child a big hug.
ARTS & CRAFTS
The gift of hugs
Cut heart shapes out of construction paper or cardboard. Let infants and toddlers draw on the hearts. On the back of each heart, write Trade this heart in for a hug. Let children hand these hearts out to their loved ones.
MORAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Different types of hugs
With your group, have fun giving and receiving different types of hugs. Encourage older toddlers to help you invent original hugs. Here are a few examples.
A bear hug: Each child can hug you (their early childhood educator) as tightly as possible.
A mouse hug: Give each child a very tiny hug (barely touch each child).
A cheek hug: Have each child press one cheek against another child’s cheek.
A super fast hug: Give each child a very brief hug.
The hugging puppet
Use a puppet to gently caress different parts of children’s bodies. Name each body part as you hug them. The puppet can, for example, hug each child’s arm, neck, stomach, head, etc.
Big hug, little hug
Use this theme to introduce children to the concept of “big and small”. Hug the infants and toddlers who are interested. Use the words “big” and “small” to describe the strength of each hug. Alternate between giving children big and small hugs to help them understand the difference.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MOTOR SKILLS
Set several stuffed animals on the floor. Invite children to sit on the floor with you. Encourage them to pick a stuffed animal and rock it back and forth as they hug it close to their body.
Tell children that animals really enjoy hugs too. Search the Internet for pictures of hugging animals or people who are hugging animals. Here is an example of a video you can watch with your group: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szJcXbYoy6Y.
Early childhood educator
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