First Steps Toward Reading
- Play sings that will inspire your child to do specific actions (Loud songs can be a marching giraffe and quiet songs can be a tiptoeing mouse). Marching to music is great fun and easy way to get toddlers actively involved. Songs and movements can stretch a toddler’s imagination, develop a sense of rhythm, and promote language development.
- Play outdoors. Throw balls. Push kids on swings. Blow bubbles. Get messy. Go on a hike around the neighborhood. Take a nature walk in your backyard. Going outside offers endless play possibilities. It also gives your child the chance to climb, run and be active and just be a kid.
- Try messy play: for example, play with sand or shaving cream lets your toddler explore new textures and sensations. Let your child empty and fill containers, play with the hose, pour water from a teapot into a cup or enjoy bath toys. This is great for sensory, fine motor, and language skills.