Toddler Activity Schedule 3 (Children’s Books)

January 28th, 2010 by Dionna | 5 Comments
Posted in Carnival and Special Series, Children, Eclectic Learning, Learning Activity Series, Preschoolers, Toddlers

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The first week of February is “Children’s Authors & Illustrators Week,” so we are going to focus on books and storytelling.


Monday Fun-day with Jax & Sarah
*I am hosting this week. We will have pictures cut out and will help the boys tell stories using the pictures. They can glue the pictures onto a paper to make a book of their stories.

Pretend play
*I’ll give Kieran some options: 1) Play “artist”: draw pictures on an easel; or 2) “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” game: we will get out his stuffed animals and put them around the room. I will say “Kieran, Kieran, what do you see?” And he will pick an animal and describe it: “I see an orange monster looking at me!” Then we can switch and he will say “mama, mama what do you see?”, etc.

3:00-4:00 – outside
4:00-5:00 – Music & Movement (I have a “Move ‘n Groove Kids” DVD on hold at the library.)


Fun with numbers
*We will make a book of numbers. Using notebook or construction paper, fold paper in half (into a book shape) or use a 3 hole punch and tie yarn through the holes to create a binding. On each page I will write a number (from 1 – 20), and we will put a matching number of stickers on each page (so 4 stickers on the page that says “4”).


*I will record (either by writing or videotaping) some stories as Kieran tells them. I will help him with story ideas by providing props & encouragement.

3:00-4:00 – outside
4:00-5:00 – Music & Movement


See the city field trip day!
*Lakeside Nature Center

Exploring our World
*Where Do They Live? sorting game: Gather toy figures or pictures of jungle animals and ocean animals. Get two baskets and go through each animal asking your child “does this animal live in the jungle or the ocean?” Let your child sort several animals into two groups. After your child gets a sense of what the game is, step back and let him do some alone. If he doesn’t sort them “correctly” or at all, that’s ok – just let him play!

3:00-4:00 – outside
4:00-5:00 – Music & Movement


Science Adventures
*Eye Dropper Painting: Mix water with a few drops of food coloring. Show your child how to use an eye dropper to pick up the water and drop it on paper. Talk about the different colors, and make sure to display the artwork after it’s done.

Library & grocery store

*I have a holds on two award winning books:
*”The Hello, Goodbye Window“: a Caldecott Medal winner about the magical window at a little girl’s grandparents’ house; and
*”Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus“: a Caldecott Honor book written and illustrated by Mo Willems, who used to work for Sesame Street.

The Caldecott Medal is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published that year.

For lists of Caldecott Medal and Honor books by year, see this link.

3:00-4:00 – outside
4:00-5:00 – Music & Movement


Kid Swapping with Melody

Messy Play
*We’ll do a pouring activity using rice, a scooper, and different size bowls.

3:00-4:00 – outside
4:00-5:00 – Music & Movement

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5 Responses to:
"Toddler Activity Schedule 3 (Children’s Books)"

  1. It sounds like a fun week! I may do some of these with my toddler (and big kids) this week. :) Thanks for the ideas.

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      Thanks Alicia! I’m really excited to check more out on your site too, the “10 Ways to Make Today Magical” is really cute :)

  2. Acacia

    Sounds like a good week of activities. We’ll be eager to do some book stuff. Everett loves reading and is really good at recalling & retelling stories. We will definitely have to make his own book. Hello Goodbye Window has been a favorite library find for us, really cute story.
    i love the brown bear game idea, what would make it a little more advanced for Everett?

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      Hmm . . . what if you and Everett “hid” a few animals under blankets, then you could point to a blanket and ask him what he sees – and see if he can recall?
      That might be too hard.
      Instead of “what do you see,” could you do “what can you be?” and have Everett pretend to be an animal? Make it a charades game? And you could use stuffed animals or pictures as inspiration.

  3. Acacia

    Good idea- that will be good to stimulate his imaginative play. we’ll try both of those ideas. Thanks!

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