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Name:
Denise
Email:
Denise106@aol.com

3-5-01

Our "Waddlers" (older infants) love to look at books. We created our own books for them by cutting real pictures out of magazines, gluing them onto construction paper and then laminating them. We then take the laminated sheets and put them into a small (1/2 inch) binder. They love them! We usually try to keep each binder to a (very loose) general theme: babies and kids, transportation stuff, people, food, etc. They're really cheap, really easy and last forever.

Name:
Sue London
Email:
suey987@yahoo.com

3-5-01

We are teaching our infants sign language. And having a good response from the infants and parents. A good link for this is www. sign2me.com

Name:
Pam McPherson
Email:
riley99@frontiernet.net

2-22-01

I took an old memory game that had a few pieces missing. I cut a slit in a coffee can lid just large enough. for the little square cards to be slipped into. The toddlers loved this manipulative activity! The big bonus, however, was their great interest in the cute pictures of familiar objects that they found on the cards. They enjoy saying the names of the animals and toys, and finding "the same" or matching card.

Name:
Tiffney Batton
Email:
tlbatton@hotmail.com

2-22-01

My toddlers love the Silly Sally book. I took their pictures as they posed upside down (with the help of another teacher). Then I let them sponge paint with yellow paint and a flower sponge. I made a book, "Silly Toddlers went to town walking backwards upside down."

Name:
D. Cook
Email:
lilpop@iwon.com

2-22-01

For a parent participation idea that helps my toddlers when they miss their families, I asked parents to make an audio tape of the family members reading books. They used their children's favorite books, but I found it might be a better idea if they read books that you have in your library so the kids can flip though the book as they listen. All the kids love hearing the stories on tape, especially when the big brothers and sisters read!

Name:
Renee
Email:
browneyes21159@yahoo.com

2-22-01

My group of children I have had since they were infants of 4 months...and then one is 2 years old. At the very beginning I taught my infants sign language to help me to better understand what the child wanted. Now they are toddlers and they express themselves with short words and the sign. This has been a most rewarding experience for me and I recommend it to anyone who is working with young children. My parents were even eager to help with the sign language. It has not curtailed their speech in any ways. I feel it has helped them to be better communicators.

Name:
Aaran McKinnon
Email:
mckjam2@risecom.net

2-12-01

Toddlers love stickers! No matter the theme, they can make pictures with them or can be put on the pages of books made of stapled together construction paper. Pick a theme and supply plenty of stickers that are relevant to the theme. They will "read" these books over and over and show them to whomever will look at them!

Contact_FullName:
Beth
Contact_Email:
barperry07@aol.com

2-9-01

Try a "story of the month". Choose one story every month, preferably one of a repetitive nature. Select props from the story. Prepare augmentative communication (use a Speak Easy programmed with a repetitive verse or funny sound and plug a switch into the device to activate) and adapted materials for children who may need them (Mylar, textured materials, lights, Braille, etc). Repeat this story several times over the course of the month. Plan activities around the story, such as an art or easy food prep lesson (something simple that the children could stir and taste). Have materials that go along with the story, so that every child can have a chance to touch. Watch as the children anticipate and begin to imitate the story! Pretty fun! Some of the stories that I've adapted are: The Napping House, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do you See?, Clifford's First Snow, Inside a House That Is Haunted, and more!

Contact_FullName:
Kristina Stoneberg
Contact_Email:
kristinaleanne@mailcity.com

2-9-01

In our 1 1/2-2 year old toddler room, we have tried an activity that has proven to be far more successful than I had anticipated. Using an old calendar (we used one with funny faced fruits and vegetables but any will work), I used contact paper to put up several of the big pictures from the calendar. I put them all around the room, on doors, walls, hiding behind the coats....you name it! Then, the calendar has small pictures of each of the large pictures on the back page of the calendar. I cut each of those out and laminated them. I showed the toddlers the small picture and asked if they could find the large one "hidden" somewhere in the room. I have never had an activity go so successfully! They thought this 'hunt' was a blast, and it was easy for me to set up too!

Contact_FullName:
Lynn Sharp
Contact_Email:
lsharp@wiktel.com

2-9-01

While my older children were making Valentine's Day place Mats, I helped my 14 mo old look through old magazines. He responded well to dog, baby, apples. I cut out the pictures that he responded well to. Using hand over hand, we glued to construction paper. We also used stickers. I laminated the paper. He now has a placemat that will help him with his verbal skills.

Contact_FullName:
Lydia Diaz
Contact_Email:
Lily83178@aol.com

2-9-01

For young toddlers: Cut out pictures of common objects out of a magazine. Things like watch, ball, house, car, etc. Glue these on tag board and post for the children to see at circle time. Talk about each one daily until the child can point at them and later name them.

Contact_FullName:
Shari McGlasson
Contact_Email:
samiam@quik.com

2-9-01

Modify reading "Froggy Gets Dressed" to shorten the story. Provide the articles of clothing in the story for toddlers to dress-up in.

Contact_FullName:
Sara
Contact_Email:
sarashea@excite.com

2-9-01

Ask parents to donate old magazines, and cut out pictures that your children would recognize; cars, babies, flowers etc. Glue these pictures to bright sheets of construction paper and underneath the pictures, clearly write the word of what is pictured. Then use them like flashcards at your circle time. This helps the kids begin to use more language and the words help them associate words and pictures. The kids really enjoy this a lot.

Contact_FullName:
Patti W
Contact_Email:
preschoolresources@yahoo.com

2-9-01

My great co-worker, Laura, gave me this idea originally - I love using this song in my toddler room.

Just fill in the blanks - depending on the theme. For example during bears and bear sits on the children and we sing - A bear sat on you!!!

Willably Wallaby Woo A ____ sat on you Willaby Wallaby Wee a ____ sat on me

Willaby Wallaby Watti a _____ sat on Patti

Name:
Jessica Worley
Email:
momny2k@aol.com

Date: 1-24-01

Alphabet Recognition

Need: Alphabet Cookie Cutters, Play Dough or Cookie Dough

Object: Let the child pick a letter, then roll out dough and let them make as many letters as possible. Bake letters according to directions on package. Help them say a word that starts with that letter. Then... EAT! Or paint the clay letters!

Name:
Kristina Stoneberg
Email:
kristinaleanne@mailcity.com

Date: 1-24-01

In my toddler room, we use simple sign language. I make a Xerox copy of signs we use in the room and send it home to parents. The signs include: Mom, Dad, hungry, more, please, thank you, thirsty, finished, water.....Parents love the interaction and toddlers who do not use their words yet are able to communicate with their parents. I also color in pictures of the American Sign Language and use clear contact paper to post them around the room. We also have a book in our room that has all the signs. The children use the book often and love the signs! Try it, you will be surprised how quickly they pick up American Sign Language!

Name:
Lori
Email:
Lori5479@aol.com

Date: 1-24-01

With my ones I make a book with all of there photos. It is a variation of brown bear, brown bear only I use the kids names. "Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? I see Sidney looking at me." and then there is picture of that child. Then you continue with, "Sidney, Sidney, what do you see?" "I see Sara looking at me." They love it! They all laugh like crazy when you say their name.

Name:
Lori
Email:
Lori5479@aol.com

Date: 1-24-01

With my ones I made a big clown face out of a shoe box with a big open mouth. They love to "feed" the clown. Sometimes we feed him shapes, sometimes plastic or laminated food and we talk about the colors and shapes but what we feed him doesn't matter, they always love it!

 

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