Toddlers love surprises. Each day, bring in a new item (box, laundry
basket, beanbag chair). Let the toddlers look around each day as they
arrive and find the new item.
Cut an opening in a sturdy paper plate and tape colored cellophane
over the opening. Make one for each child. If you use different
colors of cellophane the children can trade and view the world
through different colors.
Let the children look through the opening in their plate. What
does the room look like? What do you look like?
Sandpaper Cinnamon Sticks
Directions:: This is a very simple activity, I did it in my Toddler
Class. 18-36 months.
Give each child a piece of sandpaper (tape to table if
needed) and a cinnamon stick. Show them how to rub it on
the sandpaper to make it smell.
(You could also cut the sandpaper into a shape or whatever
else you want)
Talk about the things listed below
This activity could also be used to promote all 5 Senses.
Hear: listening to the stick rubbing on sandpaper.
Smell: smell the cinnamon as they're rubbing it on the
Taste: taste the cinnamon stick.
Touch: the sand paper and cinnamon stick.
See: finished project
Contributed By: Christa
Need: Fun things like: balls, blocks, toys and fruit
Get toddlers to reach into magic bag and pull out an item.
Toddler and teacher must say what the item is.
Contributed By: Sharyn Edwards
Paint & Salt
Needed: white paint, table salt, construction paper (Black/Blue)
Give each child a piece of paper (tape paper to the table). Place
smocks on the children and place a small amount of paint on the
paper. Add about 1/4 teaspon of salt onto the paint. Let the children
feel the texture the salt adds to the paint.
Contributed by: Tammy
Take a wet paper towel and wet the table first. Place smocks on the
children and place a small dollop of shaving cream onto the table.
Encourage children to cover the entire surface of the table with the
Wet and Dry
Need: Deep tray (1 for each child), sand, sand toys, cups, water, newspaper
Cover a table with newspaper. For each child place a tray with sand
on the table. Place cups of water next to each sand tray.
Have the children take the cup of water and slowly pour it into their
sand trays. As the texture changes discuss the changes (It must be
getting wet). Describe how it must feel (mushy, cold).