Write and Squish
Materials: Catsup, resealable bags and tape
Place about two tablespoons or catsup in a sandwich size resealable plastic bag. Squeeze out the excess air and seal. Tape the bag onto the table. Show your toddler how to use their index finger to press down on the bag and draw. Squish and pat the bag to erase the marks.
Learning: Creativity and pre-writing
Materials: Paper plate, paint and plastic cars
Tape a paper plate to the table, Spread about two tablespoons of washable paint on the plate. Let your toddler drive a plastic car through the paint and then drive on the paper.
Learning: Creativity with designs and patterns.
Materials: Sandpaper, cinnamon stick, raisins and glue
Cut a gingerbread boy figure out of sandpaper. Let your toddler rub the cinnamon stick across it. Glue on raisins for eyes or buttons.
Learning: Sense of smell
Painting with Glue
Materials: Glue, paint brush, sand or glitter, food coloring, paper cup, water, sawdust or dry coffee grounds
In a paper cup add two parts glue to one part water. Add a few drops of food coloring to make the glue easier to see. Give your toddler a small paintbrush to spread the glue on the paper. Your toddler can sprinkle with sand, sawdust, dry coffee grounds or glitter. Shake off excess.
Learning: Eye-hand coordination