Activities for toddlers and babies
Since autumn is a windy season, it's a
great time to introduce little ones to wind.
Stick several colourful pinwheels in the
ground throughout your yard. Babies and toddlers will enjoy admiring them as
they spin around when the wind blows.
Hang tiny wind chimes from the ceiling in
your daycare. Have fun blowing on them to hear them tinkle.
ROUTINES AND TRANSITIONS
During diaper changes, gently use your
mouth to blow air on children's feet, hands, or stomach. This will make them
Helicopters during walks
When you are out and about with your group,
have fun watching samaras (the fruit of the maple tree) fall from trees,
spinning to the ground. Collect them and toss them up in the air on a windy
day. Help children notice how they look like tiny helicopters.
SENSORY ACTIVITIES (look)
You will need a large quantity of colourful
feathers for this activity. Use curling ribbon to tie the feathers to a small
branch to create a mobile. Have fun blowing on the feathers with the children
in your group to make them flutter around.
SENSORY ACTIVITIES (look)
Flying a kite
Purchase an inexpensive kite (or make your
own) and take it to a local playground or a soccer field. Take advantage of
this wide open space to fly your kite. Children will love to observe the kite
as it flies high up in the sky.
ARTS & CRAFTS
Cut diamond shapes out of cardboard. Let
each child draw on one shape. When they are done, transform the diamonds to
represent kites, adding a long tail and bows. Hang the kites from the ceiling,
within your daycare. There is a kite model in the educatall club, simply type
"kite" in the search engine to find it.
MORAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Learning how to blow out a candle
Children love blowing out candles. This
simple activity will prepare babies and toddlers for their birthday. Bake cupcakes
and set a candle on each one. Light one candle at a time and encourage children
to blow on it to extinguish the flame. Of course, constant supervision is very important
Exploring "heavy" and "light" with wind
Purchase small, battery-operated fans that
are safe for little fingers. Arrange different objects on the floor, some that
are very light and others that are heavy. Some examples of objects that are
perfect for this activity are feathers, rocks, pieces of tissue paper, a shoe,
etc. Show children how they can position the fans so that they blow wind
towards the objects. Encourage them to notice which objects remain in place and
which ones are blown away. Discuss the concepts of "light" and "heavy" with
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MOTOR SKILLS
Blowing soap bubbles represents a fun way
to explore wind. Babies and toddlers will enjoy running after the bubbles and
trying to catch them. Toddlers will love to attempt to blow bubbles on their
own. Variation using a fan: Use a fan that is
safe for little fingers to make the soap bubbles fly away indoors. Supervision
Beach balls on a windy day
Choose a very windy day and play with large
beach balls in a fenced in area. Let babies and toddlers run and crawl after
the balls. They will enjoy watching them roll away, pushed by the wind.
Early childhood educator
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