The first snow of the season is always so magical to a child. Our Young Explorers got to play with snow from outside, talking about the sensory elements, finding leaves in the snow, and scooping snow into stacking cups. It is always a great idea to help your child explore the world around them. It aides in the development of expression, curiosity, and confidence when you regularly expose your child to new experiences and teach them the words to express those experiences.
The purpose of our Young Explorers room is to help ease your child's transition from infant to toddler. During this stage they are so eager to learn and explore but are still learning to walk, talk, and socialize with peers. Our Young Explorer teachers plan their activities with this all in mind. Sensory exploration, like the spider wed sensory bin you see below, helps the children prepare for some of the messier and more advanced sensory bins the toddlers use. Simple art projects, like stamping paper, helps prepare the children for the many, many art activities the toddlers do including, painting, drawing, gluing, etc. The Young Explorer room is constantly working to prepare you child for the wonderful world of toddlerhood!
We are so lucky as teachers to experience and aid in the development of your child's milestones. Our dear Sofia and Nina both recently starting walking and their teachers were so excited to finally let them out of the stroller and walk their daily walk path with their friends.
At TLC, we love our children and take such joy in seeing them progress through the stages of development. We love to celebrate each and every child's achievements with them and their families. If you walk the halls of TLC you will surly hear a classroom cheer on a friend for walking, using the potty, completing activities and much more.
What better to get us through these last couple days of the week than the adorable faces of our TLC infants and young explorers?!
Reinvent the way your child plays with their toys. With this activity, your small children are going to be amazed that their toys are sticking right to the wall! Take this opportunity to work on words with your child and explore which of their toys do and don't stick to the cling wrap.
What you need: Cling wrap, tape and flat toys, like puzzle pieces or magnets. Tape your cling wrap to the wall and show your child how it works. If they try to rip the cling wrap down, try your best to redirect them by gently guiding their hand to grab a toy from the wall, play with them so they see how it's done and cheer them on when they get it right. Once they get the hang of it, start pointing out words, hand them different toys to try and stick to the wall and enjoy their smiling face!
Looking for a fun way to create art with your little one? One of our wonderful assistant teachers, Ms.Jolie organized this craft for the Young Explorers. All you need is a canvas, a gallon sized zip lock bag, some paint, and painters tape. Stay tuned to see how the canvas' turned out!
Step 1: place pieces of painters tape on a clean canvas. This way after the kids are done painting, you can remove the tape to reveal the pattern of your choice.
Step 2: place your canvas in a zip lock bag and add what ever colors your little one wants.
Step 3: let your little one take the reins! Let them discover the different ways they can move the paint around; with their hands, feet, using toys, etc. Once the canvas is covered, let it dry and see what you and your child created together!
Staying Engaged: Practicing with paint helps develop hand-eye coordination skills as well as the idea of cause and effect. At this age, 10-18 months, your child is still learning about their own abilities and one of the best ways to learn is through doing. This craft allows them the opportunity to discover things like all the different way they can cause the color to spread on the canvas or that paint colors can mix together to make more colors. This also gives you the opportunity to practice words with your child by pointing out colors and other simple words involved in the process. They may not be able to ask and answer questions but they are always absorbing information.