Toddler Brain Boosters

July 19, 2023

Posted By
E3 Elevate Early Education
Young children playing with number blocks

We often hear from parents and grandparents asking for ideas and fun things to do with toddlers or preschoolers. 90% of a child’s brain is developed by the age of five. These activities will help to boost your child’s language development, creativity and build early skills in math and reading.

  • Make a sensory bin or water table out of a large clear plastic container. Fill with water, add ice cubes and move from one side to the other with a large spoon.
  • Use shaving cream on a cookie sheet to draw pictures and letters.
  • Use a cookie sheet and put tin foil on it. Then paint with washable paint.
  • Play with playdough.
  • Put together simple puzzles.
  • Read lots of books, talk and ask questions about the pictures.
  • Use a big brown box , let your child crawl inside and draw on the box with crayons or markers.
  • Sing songs.
  • Make rhymes.
  • Take bubble wrap and paint over it.
  • Use seashells, large dry beans and cereal to sort in a cupcake pan. Sort by color, size and shape. Point and count each one. Talk about the differences.
  • Get large bubble wands and make bubbles. Try to catch them.
  • Bounce and roll balls of different sizes. Roll them back and forth. Explain what is happening.
  • Use Cheerios or an O’s cereal to count and put on a piece of string or yarn.
  • Draw with chalk outside. Make shapes, letters, words or boxes to jump in and out of.
  • Go on a walk and count the steps you take.
  • Play I Spy and find as many birds, flowers, butterflies, etc.

Make it fun! Children learn by doing. The more opportunities they have to explore, discover and investigate, the more they learn.