Posted on Aug 2nd 2021
Creative play and learning have a central role in toddler's learning and development. Encouraging your little ones to think creatively has significant benefits for their personal growth, too. Creative learning encourages children to explore different ideas and, most importantly, use their imagination!
Experimenting, creating, experiencing and discovering are the essential parts of creative play for toddlers. Children enjoy acting spontaneously in their creative play, so as a parent, it's imperative to follow your child's lead when it comes to their creative freedom. And remember, you don't always have to give your child new or expensive play materials for them to have fun.
We recommend experimenting with household items, recycled objects and natural materials to spark your little one's imagination. Below are a few creative learning ideas for summer brought to you by your friends at Romp n' Roll.
With so many stunning colors, textures and shapes, nature can be the best source of inspiration. And some days, you need to put down the books, unplug from the tv and head outside.
Maple seed dragonflies are an easy yet beautiful craft to try out with the kids.
Materials: All you need are maple seeds, twigs, paint and a hot glue gun.
The possibilities are endless with this craft, and you may even have as much fun as your kids!
Play with colors and develop your child's motor and sensory skills with this fun and simple activity. This project requires a little prep time, so we suggest starting early in the day.
Making the most of everyday objects is a terrific way to encourage your child's inner creativity.
Tiny humans don't have excellent scissor-using skills, and they aren't the best at squeezing a bottle of glue. But what they are great at is finger painting...and eating. Finger painting for toddlers is a great sensory activity, along with an excellent art activity for them!
If you are looking to make extra kid-friendly art, try this simple DIY edible finger paint recipe.
Ingredients: This recipe is made from only two ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. All you need is your favorite yogurt and colored (flavored) gelatin!
Instructions: Grab a few bowls, depending on how many colors you want to make, and begin by adding a scoop of yogurt and a little bit of gelatin. The more gelatin you add, the darker the color will be and vice versa.
This recipe is excellent for babies and toddlers because it is entirely made out of food. Plus, there's no need to monitor the little ones during craft time with this recipe!
A cardboard tube maze is an exciting challenge for little counters and uses hand-eye coordination.
Materials: For this project, all you need are empty paper towel rolls, scissors, a large shoe box lid or any shallow container, a pom pom, glue, and a permanent marker.
For toddlers, they can practice just identifying the numbers as they roll through the tunnels. You can also label the rolls with letters, shapes or colors to work on different skills. Make the game unique to your child!