Learning doesn’t have to be boring! Teaching young kids can be fun, easy, and sometimes tasty. Here are some ways to make learning fun for toddlers.
Math with M&Ms
My daughter is just starting to learn basic math problems like 1+2. To get her engaged in learning I’ve made some math sheets she can use to solve problems with M&Ms, mini chocolate chips, and whatever else we feel like using. When she is done we split the treats and celebrate with a high five.
To go over some basic pattern concepts we make different combinations with blueberries and raspberries, cut-up strawberries and blackberries, or whatever else is in season. It is an easy way to teach patterns and add a little fruit to your toddler’s diet too.
We try to focus on one letter a week and go over the sound it makes and how it looks. Sometimes we do scavenger hunts around the house for items that start with that letter and other times we work on crafts. A favorite craft is a cut out letter that we put glue on and add items of that letter. For instance the “B” would have random buttons, “G” could have glitter, and some we get creative. For “E” we used it as “extra” and pilled it up with random things.
A tasty activity to teach shapes in a fun way is to bake some cookies. You can pick up a few shape cookie cutters for fairly cheap and cut them out together talking about the shapes you are making. The scavenger hunt activity also works well for shapes.
Making Reading Real
Don’t be afraid to get silly at story time and throw on a princess crown or super hero cape to go with the book. You can also have a little theme going and have goldfish when you read a book with fish or dig out one of the stuffed teddy bears from the bottom of the toy box to act out Goldilocks. Just have fun with it and hopefully build a lifelong reader in the process.
Teaching young kids can be fun. Try one of these and see if you get a good response, if you have any other tips I’d love to hear them. We are always looking for new fun ways to learn.