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Family Fun with 03 year olds

Renee Eder on Tuesday, July 3, 2018

What do you do when you’re entertaining a baby or a toddler, and it's way too hot to go outside? Find fun indoor activities in the AC, of course!

I am rusty at this toddler activities stuff, but I do know as a mom of two that there are lots of games and activities you can do with your child to have fun together and get them developing important skills early on. Skills they can learn at this early age include speaking and listening and developing eye-hand coordination. Here are some ideas:

1. Sing together
Children enjoy exploring and experimenting with language and it helps them to learn new words and their meanings and also to listen to the sounds that make those words. So sing, rhyme, shout, whisper, rap and dance to the beat!

2. Painting and drawing
Give your child lots of opportunities to draw and paint. This is not only fun, but also can help to develop eye-hand coordination and control. Let them experiment with lots of different materials – paint brushes with a range of widths, pencils, crayons, chalks and finger paint. You could try playing music when they paint and draw as this can help to create a relaxing environment.

3. Hands-on games
Use non-toxic modeling clay to get creative and develop fine motor skills. Threading beads, macaroni or cotton reels on wool or string can help with eye-hand coordination and control. Joining the dots and drawing paths through simple mazes are not only fun but are a great way to develop eye-hand coordination and pen control. Enjoy jigsaws together and chat about finding the right pieces!

4. Reading books of all kinds together
Have fun reading books of all kinds to your child: picture, words and pictures, pop up, information and poetry. Why not choose a book from the local library or PJ Library® to share together?

5. Talk about numbers around you
It’s never too early to explore numbers with your child. Numbers are all around us, from calendars to the remote control, the telephone to car registration plates. Talking about numbers around you early and often will help your child to recognize numerals and show them that numbers are part of everyday life.

6. Take your child(ren) to a kid-friendly show
To The Clouds is a perfect interactive play for children ages 0-3 and their families. It's on Sunday, July 15, at both 10am and 11:30am. Through movement, puppetry, and found object animation, To the Clouds is driven by a soundtrack of classical music and creates a captivating world of transformation. This performance is presented by Arts on the Horizon. Tickets are $6/ $5 members. Learn more and buy tickets here: https://totheclouds.bpt.me/

Hope you enjoy your summer with your little ones! As you've likely heard from everyone — they grow up way too quickly! Enjoy! :)

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