What are some good learning activities for toddlers?

My daughter is three and I feel like I should be teaching her something and I know it's not going to come from the Disney movies we veg out to now. I also have a 9 month old son. I put my kids to bed feeling guilty that we didn't do much during the day. Any ideas? Note:we are low income and rely on public transit so the lovely childerns museum and things of the like are a little out of reach for us.


Asked by McErin48 at 2:41 PM on May. 12, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Bord games are a great thing!! Get online and look for different activities that you can do at home. Structure your day around meals and sleep then plan stuff inbetween.... example..
    7:30 wake up
    8 eat breakfast
    morning chores (even my 22 mo old helps with things lilke laundry and dishes)
    10 snack
    Reading, drawing, painting, crafts. anything hands on and educational..internet has tons of suggestions.
    12 lunch
    have her help clean up from lunch and any mess she helps make
    1 naps
    3:30 snack
    we usually go outside and play, or do something liek build a fort inside..something that gets them moving and uses up energy... indoor tag by crawling, or you be a dragon and let her chase you with a fake sword.
    6 dinner
    help clean up, baths and bedtime routine
    8 naps

    That is our typical day. I have a 5 yr old, 3.5 yr old, 22 mo old and 10 mo old.


    Answer by daughteroftruth at 4:58 PM on May. 12, 2009

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  • just playing board games can teach a child alot like taking turns counting and following directions... don't feel guilty it can be hard when your kids are at different levels of learning and remember that any time you spend with them one on one can be a teaching experience let them help you out while you're making lunch and so on.

    Answer by mizsaxton at 2:45 PM on May. 12, 2009

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  • Here are some websights that I like for suggestions as far as crafts go.

    just google, toddler activities, or preschool activities.

    And three is when I started cooking with my oldest. Google, recipies for preschoolers, or cooking with a preschooler.

    For indoor activities
    My kids loooove to dance, so we pop on a cd and dance a good 30-60 min. Its good for all of us when we can't get outside.

    And sometiems I let my kids get on teh computer and play at www.starfall.com. They LOOOVE it. Its helped soo much with phonics, and since its on the computer they feel like they are getting to play.

    I have a ton of ideas, pm me if you ne

    Answer by daughteroftruth at 5:11 PM on May. 12, 2009

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  • Go to your local library. Almost all cities have public transportation there. They should have free story time to attend. They'll have lots of books to read, lots of books for you too that can help you make up some sort of lesson plans for them, our library and most of them do now have board games to play there, cds, dvds etc. Its a free thing to do that will be fun for the children and you. GL!

    Answer by usbornebooksdh at 12:33 AM on May. 13, 2009

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