The Tot Play & Learn Set Additional Activities 3 – 4 Years
Looking for activities and toys to aid with your tot’s development? The Tot Play & Learn Sets are created by expert early learning educators to help your baby reach important milestones.
According to the Montessori Method, children enter ‘sensitive periods,’ which are specific time frames in early development when they’re uniquely primed to learn particular skills. Some of these skills include rhythm, organization and reading.
The Tot Play & Learn sets are designed to help you provide your child with the right activities, advice, and materials during these important developmental windows. Each set will spark your child’s curiosity, help them to reach important milestones while giving you confidence that you’re creating the best possible play and learning environment for your child.
Activity: Please Bring Me Five
Toys and Materials: Sorting Cups
Milestones: Answers simple questions, Follows instructions
Mix up the coins from the Sorting Cups in a basket in your child’s room. Sit in a different room and say, “Please bring me five coins.” Count the coins with your child when they bring them. Get more specific to make it more challenging saying things like, “Please bring me three blue coins and four orange coins.” This game is not only good for practising counting, it helps develop a child’s ability to retain a number in their mind.
Activity: Can You Draw Happy?
Toys and Materials: Emotions set, art supplies
Milestones: Begins to color inside lines, Imitates parents and friends
Ask your child to create a face to represent happy, sad or angry with the Emotions Set. Then say, “Can you draw happy?” Talk about how pictures can be abstract and a happy picture doesn’t have to be a picture of a smiling face. Show your child some examples of pictures that look happy to you, using an art book or just pulling up pictures on your computer! Have fun drawing or painting different emotions together.
Activity: Build Your Name
Toys and Materials: Alphabet tiles, paper and pencil
Milestones: Letter recognition (Icons – Cognitive, Fine Motor)
Write your child’s name on a piece of paper in big letters. Ask them if they can find those same letters using the Alphabet Tiles. Show them how to line up the letters to make their name. If your child’s name has more than one of the same letter, simply do this with another word, choosing something phonetic like, “cat” or “sun”.
Activity: Create This Scene
Toys and Materials: Animal Play Set
Milestones: Tells stories or a sequence of events
Describe a scene or story to your tot and ask them to recreate it with the Animal Play Set. This activity uses different skills compared to when they create their own scenes, as they’ll need to interpret your story and keep it in their memory as they play.
It’s so exciting when you see your child first start to develop early academic skills like counting and letter recognition. Remember to keep their learning child-led at this age – introduce the activities but don’t stress if they don’t seem interested! Your child is absorbing everything and may come back to the activity later or explore the material in a different way.