I've written before in my Tot School Posts, that I was concerned about the Toddler's speech development. He says words, or parts of words in both Russian (minority language but the one he is exposed to the most) and Frisian (the language spoken in this part of the Netherlands). However, he doesn't say too many.
We've been working pretty hard on speaking and language development in Tot School, including a lot of sensory play. I've noticed an increase in the quantity of words he is saying! I love that by actually doing Tot School, I am sitting down and really focusing on the Toddler. It's not only letting us bond and spend quality time together, he's actually learning, too!
This week, we are focusing on a Dinosaur theme. One of the activities we did together was a letter D sensory bin. I cut out a few capital Ds from different paper, and 'hid' them in some dried pasta - macaroni, a few types of spaghetti and a tricolour pasta mix.
We had a lot of fun with our sensory play! From this activity, we worked on -
- Letter recognition
- Fine motor skills
- Hand eye coordination by pouring, scooping, and dumping
- Math by pointing out the smaller, medium, and larger letters
- New vocabulary I tried to introduce was: red, orange, green, yellow, large, medium, small
The Toddler loved talking about the different colours of the letters and pasta, along with scooping and pouring! I loved that a) he was entertained for a really long time and b) that we got to practice so many skills!
As you can tell, we love sensory play around here! For more tot school activities and toddler fun, visit my Toddler activities page.
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This post is part of the Little Bins for Little Hands 40 Days of Sensory Bin Fillers series:
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