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Set up a “ticket stand” and a roller coaster using a table and chairs. Have children pretend they are buying a ticket and taking a ride on the roller coaster.
Create a roller coaster ride and set up a “ticket booth” and a roller coaster car. Have children act out buying a ticket and taking a roller coaster ride.
Go outside on a windy day. Help children become aware of things being moved around by the wind.
Help children make their own Abiyoyo puppets. Model how to draw eyes, a nose, and a mouth on a small paper bag or paper plate.
Invite children to recreate the setting of Abiyoyo, and retell the story using props. Help children construct the village and recreate the story with them.
Read a book about ramps and help your child make connections to ramps found in your neighborhood.
Encourage children to use the storyboard or story figures to retell the story on their own.
Encourage children to retell the story of The Carrot Seed using props. Have small groups perform their versions.
Sing songs with actions and gestures to help toddlers expand their vocabularies and practice concepts.
Measure the lengths of objects by counting the number of blocks along the objects.
Have children use blocks to build fruit and vegetable aisles of a grocery store and then go shopping in the aisles.
Set up a train ride in the room and have children pretend to ride the train, help them make connections to real train rides.
Make each child a “Book About ME” with family photos and magazine pictures of favorite things. Encourage family members to read the book with their child.
Have children use blocks to build a neighborhood that includes different ramps.
Have children sort pictures of animals by their colors and talk about how some animals blend into their environment.
Explore the different types of homes animals live in. Then help your child plan and build a house for a favorite animal.
Have children watch the video PEEP and the Big Wide World “Chirp Builds a Nest.” Encourage children to browse through books from the Library Center to find out more about how animals build their homes.
Provide some artificial plants and real plants for children to compare with their senses.
Give toddlers ongoing opportunities to ask questions. Tune into their signs and gestures of questioning and respond by giving them words for what they seem to be asking.
Have children build a carwash out of blocks and to drive the toy cars and truck through for a good washing.