Even though I hold a full time job, I make it a point to do some form of toddlers activities with her every evening. It doesn't take a lot of time and the educational values and effect these toddlers activities have on your toddler is way too amazing.
For most of sticky bean's activities at home, I try to recycle the same materials over and over again, so you'll see a lot of 'same same but different' kind of activities I do with sticky bean.
Some of my favourite items which I feel is worth the purchase due to the high versatality of the items include poms poms, pipecleaners and popsicle sticks! There're just endless possibilities with them and perfect for activities to hone their fine motor skills, creating a sense of order, visual discrimination and so much more.
So here's another simple activity, plus there are free printables available online!
Chanced upon this website http://www.busylittlebugs.com.au/category/free-printables/ with plenty of awesome free printables especially for toddlers - preK. Though most of it are too advanced for Sticky Bean who just turned 2 last month.
These adorable pom pom mats are perfect for young toddlers activities and highly suited for sticky bean and allow her to practice her colour matching skills. For the past few activities, we've been doing a lot of colour sorting so she's definitely ready to do some colour matching right now.
All you need is a colour printer and if you have a stock card, do print on stock card, if not normal paper will do just fine as well.
Print out the pom pom mats, bring out your poms poms and voila! Your invitation to play is ready! By the way you will need smaller sized poms poms for this toddler activity. The poms poms I used in the images below were way too big.
Sticky bean's so excited with this activity, she even wore a matchy matchy dress to go with the pom pom. Haha ok, that's pure coincidence by the way.
As with all new activities with toddlers, I need to guide her along the first couple of time and she get the hang of it after a few demonstration.
This activity doesn't hold her attention for very long, she prefer to sweep the poms poms off the mat after a while.
Well all you need is a couple of minutes a day, I feel that's good enough. You'll be surprised by how fast they absorb.
Age attempted: 23 mths
Duration entertained: 10 mins
Will I do it again: probably yes since I've all materials ready and there's hardly any preparation time