Summer is full of sunshine, bright colors, and outdoor fun! Make the most of every moment with your toddler.
Pay attention and talk about your Surroundings!
Discuss colors and shapes you see outdoors, asking open-ended questions that encourage your child to explore and discover. What color are the flowers? Can you tell me about the shapes of the leaves? Do all flowers have the same shape leaves? Which house has a red door? Are all the houses you see the same size? Which one is bigger? Asking open-ended questions encourages your child to think through simple concepts and builds a foundation for later learning.
Dive into concepts about science and math
Everyday summer moments are a chance to dive into concepts like science, technology, engineering and math! Count together the number of times your child goes down the slide at the playground. Talk about swinging while on the swing set. Perhaps your toddler is ready to begin grasping the concept that pumping his legs to go higher. Collect rocks and separate them by features (color, size, shape) then count each group and determine which has the most. Count the number of steps it takes to get to your front door. All of these simple concepts lay the groundwork for analytical thinking.
Developing language and literacy skills begins at birth through everyday loving interactions, such as sharing books, telling stories, and talking to one another. Change your surroundings by bringing a few favorite books outside. A book you may have read a trillion times can take on a new life. Your local library could also be a great resource for age-appropriate books about summer and outdoor activities.