Toddler Activities in a Highchair
Highchairs are made for feeding our babies and toddlers in a confined and safe set up. Try adopting a second or third highchair for art and sensory activities. The trays provide a distinct space for toddlers to create their arts and crafts or explore sensory material. Here are some suggestions for activities to be done in the highchair:
•gluing collage material, such as cut out magazine pictures, onto paper: take one piece of construction paper and use a glue stick to cover the entire space, and then allow the toddlers to place pieces of material onto the sticky paper to make a fun art piece.
•playing with play dough
•sensory material with little spoons, mini dump trucks, containers, etc. The sensory material needs to be safe for the toddlers, and they need to be taught it is not for eating. Try using cornmeal or plastic Easter eggs.
Toddler Games and Boxes
Never underestimate the brilliance of an empty box. Find large boxes from furniture stores, or grocery stores and allow the toddlers to explore and create their own fun activities with empty boxes. Play games such as peek-a- boo or sing songs, like Jack in the Box:
Jack in the Box, still as a mouse
Deep down inside his little dark house
Jack in the box, resting so still
Will you come out?
Yes, he will (the child jumps out of the box with arms outstretched)
Smaller boxes can be used as well, such as empty diaper boxes that can be turned into boats. Sing "Row, Row, Row your Boat" or pretend to be a train and find some train songs to sing.
Toddler Learning Activities
Toddlers are learning concepts, such as colors, shapes and counting. Provide opportunities for them to grasp these concepts with developmentally appropriate material, such as stacking cups, shape puzzles and games. Count with them and rehearse colors as they are playing with toys. Cut food into shapes and find shapes while going for walks. If the budget is tight, children still enjoy drawing with the simplest tools, such as a stick in sand, or sidewalk chalk.
Toddlers Love Household Items
Collect odds and ends in the house and your daily activities. Of course, these items have to be safe for toddlers to explore. Often young children are more excited about using and exploring household items than actual toys, and this activity provides them with the opportunity. Place the collection in a fancy looking container which is placed in a hidden spot. When the toddlers are restless, bring out the "special" box for them to explore. Change the material routinely so it will always be a surprise to the toddlers in your care. Here are some suggestions of what to place in the special box:
•empty boxes of different sizes
•broken phones, remote controls, etc.
•little present bags
•playing cards, dominoes, poker chips
•bows and shiny paper
•daddy's work gloves
With a little imagination and careful observation of toddlers, it becomes easier to find activities that will keep them busy in a safe environment. There are so many ways to keep toddlers happy and hopefully these ideas will trigger new ideas to expand upon.
This article, written by Christine Moore, was originally published by suite101.com