Read To Your Toddler
Introducing books at an early age is the best way to raise a child who enjoys reading and does well in school. Studies have shown that reading encourages language development and that the earlier children are exposed to reading, the better they perform in school.
Gross motor development is important because it helps strenghten your child's muscles and because without gross motor skills, your child cannot acquire fine motor skills necessary to participate in more sophisticated activities.
If you are looking for more ideas on activites for toddlers, we also recommend the following books: the Toddler's Busy Book, the Encyclopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities and the Complete Resource Book for Toddlers and Twos.
The Toddler's Busy Book is packed with toddler learning activities (for children ages 1.5 to 3 years) that can keep toddlers creatively stimulated. It is a must have for anyone raising or teaching toddlers. The book contains activities that can simulate a child's natural curiosity such as math, language, motor-skills activities. The Toddler's Busy Book is full of insight and helpful advice and ideas on how to kids occupied without spending a fortune on toys.
The Encyclopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities contains over 300 toddler learning activities. The activities were selected by a nationwide contest as the best of the best and were written by teachers and caregivers. The toddler learning activities span a variety of developmental areas and are separated by area of interest including motor skills, language, cognitive, sensory and social-emotional. This book really gives excellent activity ideas and is designed for both parents and teachers.
The Complete Resource Book for Toddlers and Twos is another book that we recommend especially to parents. It is a good extra book that contains activities for toddlers ages 1.5 to 3 and that is organized into daily plans. The activities and games for toddlers support cognitive development, language enrichment, physical development and social-emotional development.