At eighteen months my daughter is really starting to show her fun side. Don’t get me wrong– she’s always been fun, but the past month or so her personality and humor and interest in certain things are really coming through. Some of her interests include playing with play-dough, coloring, sorting out or lining up her toys (or quirky little things she picks up around the house).
Her attention span for books and certain activities is still pretty short because of her age, but it’s getting longer as she gets older, so that makes doing crafts and reading or practicing ABCs and 123s a bit easier and that’s something I am really starting to instill in our days now.
We’ve had a little table for her in our kitchen/dining area for several months and she really enjoys sitting at it for snacks and playing. So I’ve set her up a little craft corner at it with a box of fun things for her to do– and learning new skills as she plays, unbeknownst to her.
I bought a plastic tub with a lid to keep all her things in while they’re not in use, and that keeps everything from being strewn around the rest of the house. Having a special place for these things also teaches her that they belong in a certain place and she has to help clean up when she is done playing.
In her box we have construction paper and crayons for coloring, drawing, and writing. I also have a set of washable markers, but we all know how messy those are, so I keep them out of her hands most of the time, at least while I’m not sitting with her. And we have a small, handheld chalk board and some chunky chalk, easy for chubby baby hands. The white board on the wall can also be flipped around to be used as a bigger chalk board which is on the other side, and she loves using that. Also in the craft box we have a few jars of play-dough. I like having them in clear containers so that she can see the different colors and I can help her learn them that way. And lastly, we also have cookie cutters (a flower set I found at Walmart for about two dollars in the cake decorating isle) for the play-dough or for tracing around on paper, and some bright-colored popsicle sticks, just for fun.
To make your own little one a special craft corner, you can add pretty much anything toddler-sized and interesting to your toddler to a box or drawers set and use it as a fun way for them to play and learn.
I’ve written a Bible verse on our white board, and am trying to say the verse over and over everyday to Eden until she can repeat it back to me. So far, no luck, but I’ve seen how fast little bitties pick things up so I know it can’t be much longer till it finally “clicks” with her and she’s able to recite her very first memory verse.
And there you have it! Some fun and super simple ways to set up a little craft corner/learning center for your toddler. We sure are enjoying ours.
Have a nice day!