Toddler Room

Toddler Room

Homemade Bread

Instructions:

    In this video Ricky is going to be showing you how to make a delicious loaf of bread, this is a great activity for all ages. Please see the link below for the full content.
      Learning:
        This activity is great for toddlers to activate their physical learning. This promotes both their fine and gross motor skills because it strengthens the muscles in their hands and arms. It will support other skills in later life such as early writing and self-help skills. This experience can also support a child to develop an understanding of cause and effect as they observe what will happen once the ingredients are combined.

Shadow Drawing

Instructions:

    In this video LEYF’s Pre-School teacher, Lukas will be combining art and science in a fun and creative activity that uses shadows. Please see the link below for the full content.
      Learning:
        Creative play is a fundamental part of child development and can promote learning in the following areas: social, emotional and physical development. The child only has to move a block in their shadow picture to completely change it. The children will see the effect their environment has on their creative process and it will increase their confidence to make choices within their play.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Serves 12-15

    Ingredients:
      2 Medium sized ripe bananas, 1 cup/100g Porridge oats, ½ cup/50g Rolled oats, ½ cup/50g Dried fruit like sultanas, raisins, or cranberries, or 1 apple - peeled, cored and diced. ½ -1tsp Cinnamon or vanilla extract (optional)
        Method:
        • 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, 160°C fan, Gas mark 4.
        • 2. Peel the bananas and break them up into a large bowl. Then mash with a fork to a small chunky purée.
        • 3. Add the oats and mix well, making sure the oats are completely covered in the banana (this is quite a dry mixture). Then stir in the choc chips.
        • 4. Grease or line baking tray/sheet with greaseproof paper.
        • 5. Take a heaped tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball and flatten, then place on the baking tray. Bake for 12 -15 mins or until set and a light golden brown in colour. Leave to cool.

Frozen Discovery

Instructions:

    For this activity, you can create your own lollies. You can use an ice tray, lolly holders or even a freezable lunch box. Select a range of fruit, herbs and blended vegetables, then place them in your tray and add water. Pop them in the freezer to freeze. Once frozen the fun part begins...try a section of your homemade lolly and explore by guessing which flavour you are tasting.
      Learning:
        This activity is good on both a health and educational basis for babies. Experiences that use ice can support a baby who is teething, soothing the gums as they explore the ice in their mouth. Due to the temperature, a young child will pass this from hand to hand which helps to develop their co-ordination skills and will support later activities such as dressing themselves

Flour Fun

Instructions:

    Flour is an extremely versatile material. In this activity you will need a range of bowls of different sizes and a selection of spoons. All you need to do is let your child move the flour around the different bowls. Add water or food colouring to extend the activity.
      Learning:
        Sensory play experiences for toddlers has a huge impact on their development. By simply using flour and water children are able to observe through their senses how these two items transform and change depending on the levels you use. We can also introduce early mathematical concepts by using different vessels and the same amount of ingredients and discussing how quickly one vessel is filled compared to the other.