Toddlers love crayons, just be sure that they are past the "trying
to eat them" stage before trying these learning activities. Large
preschool crayons are best for toddlers.
| CRAYONS IN
My two year old grandson taught me this game. He loved it, I hope
your child will, too. Take a piece of paper and make a small hole
in the middle of it. Hold it a few inches off the table and show your
child how to drop a crayon through the hole. Preschoolers love to
put things in, have them disappear and then discover them all over
again under the paper. We did the game many times before he tired
of it. He didn't know it but this game was giving him practice in
developing his small muscle and coordination skills.
COLOR MATCH UPS
For this game, you will need a piece of paper
and a box of 6-8 crayons. Take a crayon and lay it on a piece
of paper, then draw around the crayon shape with a pen. Move
the crayon and repeat until you have 6-8 crayon shapes on
your paper. Next, color the crayon shapes the colors of your
crayons. Give the paper to your child and one crayon. Have
her match the crayon to the same color crayon on the paper.
Continue with the other crayons until she has found a match
for all 8 crayons, or until interest lasts. Say the name of
the color of crayon she is holding while she looks for that
color on the paper.
|A fun beginning art project
to do with toddlers, is to wrap a rubberband around three different
colored crayons, then give it to your child with a piece of
paper. Have him try marking the paper with his rainbow maker.
Children love making three colors appear on their papers at
Another fun crayon art project, is to tape
a black crayon to the back bumper of a toy car. Lay down a
piece of paper and let your child roll the car across the
paper creating black car tracks.
Whenever you use crayons with young children, count them with
your child as you take them out of the box and when you put
them away. Make counting a fun part of your child's life.