Do you ever sit your toddler in front of the TV because you just don’t have a clue what to do some days?
I know there are super-moms out there that maybe don’t struggle with this, but if you’re like me, sometimes you feel you’re an inadequate teacher for your children.
By the way, it’s totally easy to feel inadequate when you’re comparing yourself to all the Pinterest mommies out there.
Here is a list of books/resources that I have used, am using, or plan to use to help me play with and teach my toddler – they all give me great ideas when I’m lost:
Educational and Play Resources for Toddlers
1) The Toddler’s Busy Book by Trish Kuffner: full of great arts, crafts, educational activities, fun activities, cooking, etc (one idea she had was blanket rides around the house – insanely fun for the tot)
2) Baby Signing Time and Signing Time videos – helped us to communicate since she prefers not to talk. Plus, they’re super cute and entertaining while educating!
3) Little Adventures Preschool blog – she does in-home preschool and provides lesson plans and printables so you can follow along.
4) Education.com – fun printables by age/grade. I use preschool printables which include coloring pages, games, activities, letter writing, and more.
5) We Care: A Preschool Curriculum for Children Ages 2-5 – provides teaching exercises, activities, recipes, crafts, arts… all sorts of stuff to help conduct a rounded education (we use this informally)
6) Dollar store coloring books and educational workbooks
7) Television and iPad apps – my child is a visual learner and very often I’ll watch educational programs with her so I can interact with the shows and know that she does pick up on skills through them. Apps? hey, we’re kinda techies here and she loves her educational apps.
8) Pinterest – you can follow me on Pinterest to see what I’ve pinned and then start re-pinning things you like 🙂
9) Check out this list of backyard activities for toddlers – this list is comprised of multiple blogger contributions and ideas for doing things outside with your toddler.
10) Follow your child’s lead – often mine will point to her do-a-dot paints or grab a pen. They sometimes just need to be given the freedom to choose what they want to do.
I know I didn’t list nearly the amount of resources there are… Do you have any special resources you use? Share your amazing resources here, even if it’s your own blog!