This post is sponsored by Enfagrow. All opinions expressed are my own.
As a mom of two little ones, I know how busy and chaotic life can be. You have the best intentions to wash all the dishes, do three loads of laundry, send out a few emails, make dinner and play with your kids, but then life gets in the way. As my toddlers continue to grow, I am seeing more and more just how important little teachable moments are throughout our day. They need me to teach them their colors, teach them how to count, give them amazing products like Enfagrow® NeuroPro Toddler Nutritional Drinks, and so many other things. But, if i’m honest, this can be an extremely overwhelming task, so I set out to create 5 Simple Learning Activities for Growing Toddlers to do with my kids Monday through Friday during snack time.
The First Step
The first step for me was deciding on a time that was practical for our family. Honestly, I knew we needed something simple and that we could easily add in our routine. I picked snack time, because it typically requires my attention anyways, the kids are well rested, and it involves food (which they love). I have found that repetition is key for my kids, so I decided on 5 activities for right now until they master them. We have one for each day of the work week.
Why do Toddlers Need Learning Activities?
5 Simple Learning Activities for Growing Toddlers
ABC’s and letter recognition. We do this in several different ways to be age appropriate for both kids. We work on singing the ABC’s. We also have a set of flash cards that we use for letter recognition. And, for Brooke, we have a set of letters that she can trace to learn how to write them.
Counting to 20. This is very simple and even can be done in the car on days you might be on-the-go for snack time. We practice counting out loud to 20 and we even count objects when we can to go over what counting something really means.
Sorting colors and shapes. The kids love sorting, but to their defense, they come by it honest because their dad and I are both a little Type A. The kids like sorting their snack into different colors or different types. We also do this with blocks or other toys around the house. This activity has really helped us with clean up as well because the kids have learned how to “sort” toys in bins.
Playdoh. This helps with fine motor skills and promotes creativity. I love seeing all the fun creations the kids make when exploring with playdoh.
Puzzles. We love puzzles. Baby Kevin has been learning how to do big block puzzles and smaller ABC puzzles, while Brooke loves 25-50 piece puzzles. This is such a fun skill to watch them master and it has so many possibilities to keep expanding their knowledge.
Mamas, I don’t know about you, but I need simple. I need simple activities and simple food/drinks for their nutrition. I love how “simple” Enfagrow makes it for moms with their ready-to-drink option. I simply pour the nutritional drink in Little Kevin’s sippy cup, put the container back in the refrigerator, and we are good to go and ready to move on to snack and learning activities. “Simply” things can make all the difference – he likes drinking Enfagrow at snack time and spending a few minutes a day working on certain activities and skills, it has made such a difference for our kids.
*Based on a behavioral questionnaire as reported by parents of children 2.5-6 years old comparing consumption of a milk-based drink with or without MFGM added as an ingredient