It’s no secret how important I think it is for young children to learn through play. Toddlers especially, are learning through each experience they have. They learn spacial relationships, new words, sequencing, respect for one another, taking turns, and many other things through open-ended play. They learn that the sky is blue, mud is wet, and apples come in different colors and sizes. It builds a foundation for them to learn all the basics in the future. I let the twins guide me in their learning. We use sensory bins and outdoor play to teach them to touch, taste, see, hear, and smell; they are learning to experience life with their whole selves. During our free time I give them a choice to use blocks, pattern boards, beading, sorting, puzzles, etc. I usually pick a theme to use for a week or two and focus on one letter. We sing songs, talk about the weather, the calendar, the letter of the week, one themed activity, and the rest is open play.
This is what works best for us. My best advice is to foster a love of learning in them, and let them lead the way!
These are one of their favorites! You can find them here!
Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards
Until our next adventure,
*This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links