Tips and Brilliant Ideas for On-The-Go Moms
Have you ever felt like a failure as a mom? I know that I feel sometimes that I don’t get as much one-on-one learning time with my 17-month-old as I would like. But does teaching your toddler the ABC’s and 123’s always have to involve sitting at the table (or on the floor) with no distractions? It’s not always possible, is it? This is where moms have to start being inventive. Don’t despair – take on the challenge!
Here are some ways you can make learning fun and teach your toddlers, even if you’re moving at a crazy pace right now:
- If you live in an upstairs apartment or have stairs in your house, count the stairs as you go up or down them! It’s a great way to teach and instill their 123’s! We go up sixteen stairs to get to our apartment, for your information. ;-) Thanks to Christina of Hamblet Moments (also my sister-in-law) for this inspiration!
- Buy a wooden alphabet puzzle – kids love these kinds of challenges and it’s a fun way to keep the ABC’s in their brain.
- I don’t like to use television too much to educate my child (that’s a scary thought), but when I have to get things done and need her occupied, I like Brainy Baby DVDs for teaching ABC’s, 123’s, animals, shapes, colors, and creative thinking, and Signing Time and Baby Signs for teaching sign language. My daughter has learned signs just from watching the kids on DVD without any help from me! See, television isn’t ALL bad. ;-)
- For car seat playtime, you can provide board books that teach the alphabet, numbers, colors, and shapes.
- Don’t be afraid to look stupid (who says you do, anyway?) and point at things around you to teach the basics like “car”, “airplane”, “hat”, etc. It teaches kids to learn from and notice their surroundings.
- There are so many fun rhymes and songs that teach children, and toddlers love music! We love the alphabet song, of course, and “1, 2, Buckle My Shoe” and “Five Little Monkeys” for teaching numbers.
What are your brilliant tips for teaching your lil’ one on-the-go? Or anytime?