We love to cook…Actually the truth is I don’t like to cook so much but as my little one is big fan of kitchen, all the utensils and specially gas stove we really spend majority of our time there. What one loving mother doesn’t do for her child 😀
Whenever my son is sleeping and I have some time I always think what to do. Is this the activity my little one would love to do or it’s still too difficult for him? Most of the time I answer to myself…”This he would love to do. This you can do with help of child. This is his favorite. This he would love to learn for sure.” So I end up writing blog and leaving all the work to my toddler at home. Child labor? What to do, he just loves all that adults hate, so as the best mother, I allow him to learn. 😛
There are lot of practical life activities we do at home and I would like to sum up all we did in the kitchen in his 17th month (yesterday he turned 18) 🙂
He loves to put things in pots and stir and stir and stir.
Pouring the rice from small jar.
First he breaks eggs and then adds pre-cooked homemade pasta.
It was a Women’s Day and I got the flowers,yaaaay 🙂 Once they dried out they became great material for sensory play, development of pincer grip, hand-eye coordination, strength in wrist and indirectly writing skills.
What to do with dry roses if your child is only 17 months (or less)?
Day by day is shopping becoming one of little one’s favorite activities. Now his eyes shines whenever we come near park, near coconuts, near our restaurant and near our regular grocery store 😀
Shopping with toddler is not easy thing. He usually gets very much overwhelmed by all the cool stuff around and picks up everything and keeps it in basket. I have observed when we shop in small local shops he can focus on his task, he can pick up tomatoes only, he doesn’t jump from tomato to mango to pastry to chicken…
I just need to keep his small hands and brain busy doing something needful so he is happy and shopping becomes fun for everyone.
Shopping is really great opportunity for great motor development (mainly balancing), eye-hand coordination and language. Children at this age love to carry heavy stuff, heavier the better. So why not to help ourselves and develop little ones at the same time? 🙂
What to do in the shop with a toddler? Give him a task.
Ask him to push the basket
Ask him to bring the apples (one by one)
Ask him to put things in the basket for you (keep it a bit away from you so he enjoys walking or running)
Let him pay for the stuff you bought (if you use credit card, let him type the password or at least press the ‘green button’)
Ask him to keep the basket at it’s place
Ask him to help you with a bag (if the bag is very heavy ask for extra one and keep light things inside).