Need some great activities to help your child learn from a young age? Check out these fun tips below!
Reading to them
Reading to your child from when they’re a toddler is not only an enjoyable activity, it helps them to develop crucial literacy skills for later in life. You can choose a huge number of fun and engaging books to read that include plenty of colourful pictures (and even hands-on activities). It’s also important you read to them outside of the home. Pointing out street signs, or reading the items off a kiddies menu are all great, small activities that will help your toddler develop a stronger vocabulary, and also make it easier for them to identify letters of the alphabet.
Coloured play dough
Not only is play dough a fun and sensory activity for your child, it can also be a great tool for teaching them different colours! Buy different coloured play dough and from as early as one year old, you can start teaching your child and helping them to identify the colours of the rainbow. As toddlers get a bit older, you can start giving them more difficult tasks such as creating a particular coloured animal out of the dough.
Leaping lily pads
Using green paper or paper plates, make ‘lily pads’ and place them around the lounge room or a soft outdoor area. Get your toddler to pretend to be a frog, and leap between the lily pads without touching the floor! This helps to keep them active and teaches them basic coordination skills. If you’re finding it difficult to keep them engaged, pick out one of their favourite toys and pretend they need ‘rescuing’ from the pond!
During your child’s development it’s also crucial they learn proper socialisation skills. We’ve found some greatchild care centres in Darwin that specialise in early learning and offer a great environment for your bub to interact with their peers!
EarlyCare Darwin City
Whether you’re heading back to work and need someone to look after your toddler during the day, or you just want your kid to meet some new friends the same age as them, EarlyCare Darwin City is the place for you! Open from 7am to 6pm every day, this is the perfect centre for working parents. They have a whole team of experienced child care workers and educators, as well as a range of accredited educational programs and activities to help your child learn! Looking after kids from 6 weeks of age right through to 5 years, your child will be in safe hands with the friendly team at EarlyCare Darwin City.
Where: 34 Daly Street, Darwin City NT 0800
Darwin Family Day Care
With a friendly, experienced team and nurturing environment, your child will feel at home straight away at Darwin Family Day Care. This award-winning child care centre caters for newborn babies right up to school age, ensuring they’re well looked after! Alongside their accredited, age-appropriate education program, they also host a school transition year to help your child prepare for prep and grade 1. An outstanding child care centre in the community for more than 35 years, contact the friendly team at Darwin Family Day Care to discuss your child’s needs.
Where: 45 Malak Crescent, Malak NT 0812
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