Learning at Home Toddler Week 16

2 min
Jul 3, 2020

Social-Emotional Development

Five Little Monkeys

Sing the song, Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed with your child.  Use your fingers to represent the monkeys and encourage your child to do the jumping.  Exaggerate your facial expressions throughout the song to show a range of emotions.  Ask your child how the Momma may have felt when she called the doctor.  “What about the monkeys?”  “How did they feel?”

Need help with this song? Find it here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j6AZhZFb7A

Cognitive Development

Exploring Tools

Monkey and apes use tools such as sticks to find food to eat.  What tools do we have in our home to help us?  With your child explore tools in the kitchen such as a serving spoon, whisk, garlic press or spatula.   What do we use them for?

Let your child explore the materials.

Language Development

Welcome to Zippity Zoo

Join us on Instagram or Facebook for BrightPath’s Story Time.  We will be reading Welcome to Zippity Zoo.  Engage your child in conversation about the story.  What animals did you see at the zoo?  What is the difference between monkeys and apes?

Physical Literacy

Toe Pick Up

Challenge your child to pick up cotton balls with their toes and drop them into a box.  Remind your child that monkeys can use their feet like hands.

Creative Activity

Finger Painting

Monkeys do not have thumbs.  Invite your child to pretend to be a monkey by finger painting without using their thumbs.

Additional Resources:

https://www.yourmodernfamily.com/50-screen-free-ideas/  – Find a list of 50 screen-free activities on this website. Choose a couple to try with your child.

https://handsonaswegrow.com/physical-activities-toddlers/ – If you have a busy toddler, check out this website for a “Giant Collection of Physical Activities Toddlers Simply Love!”