- look at
- wading pool
- stuffed animals
- poster board
- Place a small wading pool in a quiet area of the room. Fill the bottom with pillows, stuffed animals and puppets. If a wading pool is not available, define a cozy area with a large bath mat orrug
- Fill a basket with books. Chunky or board books work best with younger toddlers. Add a few parent magazines too if desired. Make books from magazine pictures and squares of poster board boundtogether with book rings or yarn.
- Encourage toddlers to get inside the soft pool to look at books and relax.
- Get inside with the toddlers to read books to them.
To do again
Use wading pools in a number of ways throughout the classroom and playground:
- for toys with multiple pieces, such as plastic interlocking blocks to contain the pieces in one area
- for a fun place to have picnic snack
- for a "tearing pool" to practice tearing paper
- for a sensory place with lots of textures, soft balls or ribbons
- for dramatic play areas, such as a pond or ocean
Early exposure to books is vital for prereading to help children develop an appreciation of the world of books. Read often to the toddlers as a free choice activity. Start reading to one child andsoon a group will gather around. Requiring toddlers to sit for a large group time doesn't work well with toddlers, yet they do enjoy snuggling up around the teacher to listen to a story when theychoose to do so.
Use a wading pool for all kinds of "dry play" at home inside or out in the yard, from a house for your child's stuffed animals to a special place to play with toys with many pieces.Let your child eat a special snack or meal now and then in the pool.