Got toddlers who are picky eaters? Check out our dragon’s dinner home activity. Sensory activities for toddlers are great way to encourage them to learn, have fun and try something new.
The first years of a child’s life are fundamental for the development, autonomy, character, and personality of the future adult. For this reason, we must try to provide children with everything useful for their life and development.
Opposite to what many people think, children are born with many abilities. They only need the right stimuli to strengthen them. These stimuli also allow children to acquire other skills they don’t have when born, such as reading and writing.
That is why sensory education plays such an essential role in children’s development. It is through the senses that children perceive information from their environment to understand and adapt to it.
Being aware of sensory stimulation’s importance at an early age, María Montessori included it in her pedagogy and highlighted several sensory stages, which she called sensitive periods. These refer to children’s interest in exploring their environment in a free, self-directed way.
As proposed by the Montessori learning method, the objective of carrying out sensory activities with children is that children can develop all their abilities autonomously and independently through interaction with the environment. Children do not learn through theory; they must practice and understand the world through their own experience, guided by an adult.
The Montessori method proposes to prepare environments in which children can find everything they need to satisfy their needs. This means that, although Montessori pedagogy promotes children’s autonomous development through the interaction and manipulation of materials, it is the adult who makes sure that children perceive the appropriate stimuli.
THEME: SENSORY ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS
HOW DO WE DO THIS ACTIVITY?
Topic: Sensory stimulation
Age: 1-2-year-old children
Goal: Through this sensory activity for toddlers, kids will stimulate the senses of taste and touch.
Difficulty level: Average. This sensory activity for toddlers is designed for children to carry out autonomously by following instructions with an adult’s surveillance.
- Food recognition
- Texture recognition
- Following instructions
- Accuracy in hands and fingers
- Strawberries(already chopped)
- Apples(already chopped)
- Banana(already chopped)
(ADULT HELP AND SUPERVISION)
Take the fruit previously chopped.
Place the fruit on the tray creating a dragon’s shape.
Fun sensory activity for toddlers with a dragon made with fruit
FREE PRINTABLE WORKSHEETS
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HOW DO WE DO THIS SENSORY ACTIVITY FOR TODDLERS WITH CHILDREN OF DIFFERENT AGES?
CHANGES FOR CHILDREN UNDER 4 YEARS OLD
This sensory activity for toddlers can be developed with younger children. To lower the difficulty level of it, you don’t need to change materials. If children have not yet developed their motor skills to arrange the fruit and form a dragon’s shape, the adult can do it for them. The important thing is to give the children the possibility to try each of the fruits and develop their taste buds. This way, an activity will be carried out according to the children’s development and abilities.
CHANGES FOR CHILDREN OLDER THAN 6
This sensory activity for toddlers can be done with older children. To increase the difficulty level and make this activity more attractive, children can prepare the activity using more ingredients. With an adult’s surveillance and ensuring the child’s safety, they can cut the fruits to prepare the activity’s ingredients. This way, an activity will be carried out according to the children’s development and abilities.
VIDEO DESCRIPTION –DRAGON’S DINNER SENSORY ACTIVITY FOR TODDLERS
In this sensory activity for toddlers video, you will find the step-by-step “DRAGON’S DINNER” activity, designed for boys and girls from 1 to 2 years old. Children will touch, taste, and create a dragon with different fruits. This fun activity will allow children to develop skills, such as food recognition, texture recognition, following instructions, and accuracy in hands and fingers. The materials needed are strawberries, apples, and bananas(already chopped).
Do you like this sensory activities for toddlers? Make sure to check out our other sensorial activities for kids.
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