My stuffed animal
Activities for toddlers and babies
Gather as many stuffed animals as you can and have fun exploring them with the activities provided in this theme.
Hang several tiny stuffed animals from the ceiling. Little ones will love to admire them.
ROUTINES AND TRANSITIONS
A very special guest
Invite a special friend to join you for lunch or snack time. Find an oversized stuffed animal. Add an extra chair and set an extra place at the table. Encourage children to "feed" their new friend, wash his face and hands at the end of the meal or snack, etc.
Stuffed animal sounds
Fill a basket with several tiny stuffed animals and set it next to your changing table. During diaper changes, let children manipulate them. Encourage them to make the corresponding animal sounds.
SENSORY ACTIVITIES (smell)
Scented stuffed animals
Deposit a few drops of vanilla essence or lavender on several small stuffed animals. Let children manipulate them so they will discover the scents.
SENSORY ACTIVITIES (touch and look)
Sensory stuffed animals
Collect stuffed animals that light up, vibrate, or produce sounds and use them to create a special sensory bin that is sure to attract little ones.
ARTS & CRAFTS
Felt stuffed animal
Cut two identical silhouettes (shape of your choice: heart, bear, etc.) out of felt. Let babies and toddlers draw or paint on both shapes. When they are done, sew them together and stuff them with cotton batting or fabric scraps to create personalized stuffed animals.
MORAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
A stuffed animal from home
Plan a special day when children will be allowed to bring a stuffed animal from home to daycare. They will love having their stuffed animal participate in daycare life.
Gather several small blankets and stuffed animals. Before naptime, show babies and toddlers how they can wrap one of your stuffed animals in a blanket and rock it to sleep in their arms.
Select a few stuffed animals and photograph them. Deposit the stuffed animals on the floor, in front of your group. Show them one picture at a time and encourage them to identify the corresponding stuffed animal.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MOTOR SKILLS
A stuffed animal mountain
Collect several large stuffed animals. Ask each family to bring one large stuffed animal to daycare for this activity. Deposit all the stuffed animals on the floor, in a pile. Encourage children to climb the stuffed animal mountain. If you wish, you can also use the stuffed animals to create an obstacle course.
Stuffed animals and books
Choose books that highlight a specific type of animal. Associate each book to a stuffed animal that you have within your daycare. For example, associate a stuffed bear to a book about a bear family. Let babies and toddlers explore the books with the corresponding stuffed animals by their side. When you read one of the books to your group, use the corresponding stuffed animal to bring the story to life.
Early childhood educator
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