Toddlers
First Steps Toward Reading


Playing Activities


  • Toddler play can be imaginative and use items easily found around your house. Empty boxes (cereal, stove, boxes from packages), wooden spoons, adult shirts or shoes, or pots and pans is all it will take for your toddler to use their imagination and create their own play scenario. Playing with everyday household items teaches your toddler how to interact with others peacefully and helps him to understand his world.
  • It is important to have your toddler feel independent and confident about him/herself. Send your toddler on different errands or tasks around the house, asking him to find his shoes, bring you the ball, clean up the playroom or put his cup on the counter. Besides letting him practice his receptive language skills by following directions, this activity lets him show you how much he can accomplish by himself.
  • Sensory play is so important for young children. Sand, playdough, slime, mud, or water play are great activities for your child. To avoid a mess, you can play outside or fill a large tub with water or sand, and give your child free rein to dig, pour, scoop, and more. Play along with him/her and narrate what they are doing. “Wow, you are dumping the sand, now the bucket is empty.” This gives your toddler exposure to great sensory activities as well as new words and concepts like full/empty, soft/hard, etc.


For more suggestions and activities on Raising a Reader, follow our Grow Up Reading™ Board on Pinterest

Library Director:  Clara Nalli Bohrer    |    Youth Services Coordinator:  Jill Bickford    |    Early Childhood Specialist:  Emily Vickers

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