I’m about to start working (my parents are nodding their heads with vigorous enthusiasm at that assertion) – I hear it’s the thing to do in your fourth decade of life (I’m 30…but that means I’m entering my 4th decade… Right? Ack. Say it ain’t so!) Naturally, I’m suddenly panicked about just how little time I have left with my little Bean before I abandon him for the thing they call…. The Grind. So today I have a rundown for ya of 10 things to teach a toddler in 10 minutes or less.
I’m scrambling to impart my decades (so many decades!!) of wisdom before this happens. There’s no formal schooling happening in our home right now because I’m a firm believer that kids learn through play – but according to our 3-15 chunks – we do try to do a teeny bit of slightly more “formal” learning everyday.
In a way, it’s an experiment to see just how much a little 2-year old brain can process (spoiler alert: EVERYTHING), it gives a little more structure to our day, and he finds it highly amusing. Win-win-win.
So if you find yourself with some time to kill (Some of these work really well in lengthy car ride situations as well) – go to town (pun so intended) with some of these!
10 Things to Teach a Toddler in Under 10 Minutes
1. A capital of a country, or where the extended family lives (i.e.: Auntie Annie lives in Pickering)
2. A letter and what it is for (N is for Nana, or M is Mommy’s letter)
3. How to (properly) do a small chore (tidy up the shoes in the hallway, put dirty clothes in the laundry machine, make a bed, wash your hands, put away books)
4. How to say “hi” or “thank you” in another language (the little will sometimes blurt out “merci beaucoup” and there is nothing sweeter)
5. A short Bible story or verse (with actions, always with actions)
6. A fun new song
7. A game that gets them moving (like “tag”), or how to do a squat, oh and lunges are aaaa.dorable.
8. How to put on or take off an article of clothing (shoes and socks have been a doozie for my little Einstein! Haha!)
9. How to write the number “1” or “7” (the easiest I reckon for their pudgy, uncoordinated hands)
10. How to give better hugs or kisses (puckers and squeezes for daysss) …. The gift that keeps on giving – for at least a decade….right?
What else have you seen success with? I love how independent he is becoming, and we’re having the best time enabling him!