Sep 8, 2008

Introducing - Toddler Tuesdays!

I'm so lucky to live near my 2 1/2 year old grandson, Brayden. I babysit for him at least two days a week and he adds a whole lot of joy and fun to my life. He is funny, loving, active and curious -- everything you want a toddler to be! Because I'm not just a visiting Grandma, but an active babysitter, I feel a sense of responsibility to make sure Brayden's days with me take advantage of his wanting to learn new things and his curiosity about the world around him. I try to make all activities fun and in line with what he is currently curious about. For example, for the past several weeks, he has been enamored with construction equipment. We visited a construction site, read a book about trucks, played in his sandbox with scoops and buckets, etc. We both learned a lot! In this vein, I'm initiating a series on my blog called TODDLER TUESDAYS. It's for anyone who deals with toddlers (age range 2-4), whether you're the grandparent, parent, babysitter, or neighbor. These will be fun activities done in a frugal manner (little or no cost). At this age, 2 to 4 year olds are little sponges. They are full of questions, they love to learn, they love to have fun while learning. They are eager to learn new songs, read new books, try new things. And it's our job, as their caretakers, to ensure their activities not only meet their physical needs (what bundles of energy they are!), but also their mental and sensory needs as well. It's also an excellent opportunity to lay the foundation for their upcoming preschool years. So I hope you'll join me on Toddler Tuesdays, post your own Toddler Activities on your blog, and come back here and add in a link to your post. This could be a great resource for all of us! Each Tuesday there will be a place to post a link to your blog with toddler activities. It is NOT a prerequisite that activities be "frugal". See you tomorrow!

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