Water and outdoor activities, plenty fun. A water activity for toddlers has many benefits for your child, it helps their physical development and mental powers, as well as their social skills.
Swimming is a great toddler activity and you'll love the excitement and stimulation of taking your toddler to a water baby class.
It's also a great way of meeting other like-minded people.
If you decide to take your little one to water classes at a very young age, you will need to keep your expectations low, as you will not be able to teach them to swim.
You can normally start to take your baby to a swimming pool from the age of three months, and without any learnt fear of water, they will usually settle into the fun very quickly.
Very young children do not have any conscious control over their arms and legs, and their movement is more instinctive, so learning to swim is not something that they will be able to master.
Although they will start to kick their legs and use their arms in the water from the age of 12 to 18 months, they will not be able to coordinate them both, so splashing around will provide the majority of the excitement.
But do not under estimate the value of this type of water activity for toddlers.
Studies have shown that they will gain far more control, far quicker, by taking part in regular toddler swimming classes
By the time they reach the preschool age, this splashing around will have given your child many advantages over children who have not learnt to swim, or have had little or no experience in water.
These advantages are not just physical, they are mental too, and your child could be far more confident and independent.
There are also far more benefits to a swimming class activity for toddlers ...
With all these benefits, it is worth checking out if there is a water
activity class in your area, they are quite common and usually quite
well attended, so you may need to book early to avoid any
Outdoor toys for toddlers encourage learning from a natural environment and help to burn off boundless energy.
Being outside offers toddlers unique experiences and play opportunities that are different to any indoors, which has a positive impact on your child's well-being and development.
But keeping toddlers safe without spoiling their chance to explore and investigate, is paramount.
Being outside will give your toddler the chance to experience the fresh air, the weather, the seasons and of course, nature.
This is a whole of body experience that is new and exciting for your little one. It offers them a sense of freedom, the opportunity to investigate and explore, and a wealth of stimulating learning opportunities.
They will be intrigued at the sights, sounds and smells that this new world offers them, which will motivate them to discover more.
As they become more mobile, your toddler will want to explore
everything they see, they will express their interest through their
growing language skills and will quickly learn new words to describe
this new experience.
Whether crawling or toddling, children of this age love to be on the move, and this new open space will delight them.
They will want to share their interests and discoveries with you so this is a great opportunity to talk about what they are seeing and doing.
Water and outdoor activities.
There are so many activities and outdoor toys for toddlers that can help your toddler's curiosity and creativity grow, and I have included some suggestions for outdoor educational toddler toys, which can be great resources.
You could add bubbles to the water in a paddling pool, it's great fun, and gives your toddler a range of new experiences. Take the opportunity to talk to your toddler, using new words to describe how the bubbles feel.
Using outdoor toys for toddlers like wheelbarrows, trikes and push-alongs, will provide enthusiastic 'transporters', as your toddler endlessly carries objects from one place to another, and using their own transport will delight them.
Provide large boxes and blankets for making into camps and dens or even better, have your very own teepee or igloo in the garden!
Set up a low-level obstacle course to provide new and varied physical challenges, this is a great activity, which can be made easier or harder as they develop their physical skills.
Also trowels for scooping up materials, as well as child-sized brooms for sweeping up afterwards.
Water and outdoor. All preschool children are fascinated by the beach. Whether they are fans of Finding Nemo or Mermaids, they’ll love these crafts and activities.
Paper Plate Jellyfish
This is an old classic craft for kids.
What You’ll Need
Beach & Ocean Snacks
Color Me Some Sand Art
This is a quick, easy and inexpensive craft that will bring out the artist in your preschoolers. It can get a bit messy though, so you may want to do this craft outside on a nice (but not windy) day.
Items You’ll Need:
For water and outdoor activities, this can get messy, but fun.
Fill your outdoor area with plentiful supplies of movable materials,
leaves, conkers, pebbles, sand, water and wooden bricks. Your child will
love the different textures on their skin, and the noises that these
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