Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Going on an Animal Hunt (Guest Post from Toddler Approved)

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I a totally psyched to be sharing a page with Kristina of Toddler Approved today. I have loved this blog forEVER and I'm totally loving this simple but oh so fun toddler playtime. You should check out all the fun her lucky kids got up to during Dinosaur Week,  her son's Lego Party and check out the details of the very first Virtual Book Club (we're participating!) You can also check out Toddler Approved on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.


My one year old is at a tough age where she really wants to be a big kid, yet can't do a lot of the things that big kids can do (though she tries). 

I am always looking for easy activities to keep her entertained and to work on simple skills like following oral directions and learning new vocabulary words.

The other afternoon we played a simple animal hunt game using lots of stuffed animals and a large laundry hamper. It was so much fun that my preschooler wanted to join in too. He keeps asking if we can play again and again.

This isn't a new idea, but I find that there are many "old" ideas that some people have never heard of, so I love sharing them!

How to play:
  1. Toss all your stuffed animals all around the room.
  2. Put a large basket or hamper in the middle of the room.
  3. Tell your toddler to start hunting for the animals and to put each animal in the hamper.

We practiced following oral directions when I would say, "go find your doggie (or another animal)" and she would hunt for that animal and put it in the hamper. I was surprised to see how much she understood.

Pretty soon the preschooler heard how much fun we were having and wanted to join in. He tried to "help" his sister, but the activity turned more into a race to see who could get the animals first.

Both kids were running and giggling and my preschooler was modeling tons of language for my daughter (without any prompting from me)... "I'm going to get the _____ before you (introducing new vocabulary)," "Don't put the ________ on the floor, put it in the basket (talking about directional words)," "_______ likes to hop and jump around the room (teaching describing words)," etc.

Have you gone on an animal hunt with your kids before? 

What other activities do you like to do with your toddler to have fun while teaching new skills?


Kristina is a mom of two (a preschooler and a toddler) and a former Special Education teacher for children with communication disabilities. She writes about her creative explorations over at Toddler Approved. Her goal is to find ways to make life a little more fun and creative with her kids while embedding learning into everything that she does. Kristina tweets as @ToddlerApproved and can be found on FB and Pinterest.

1 comment:

  1. Awww they are so cute! They really look like my daughter and son. However, they seem to really get along with their toys. Jackie and EJ are the opposite, though. <3


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