Literacy Activities · Numeracy activities

With a baa, baa here and an oink, oink there!!!

We’ve been taking part in Virtual Book Summer Camp and this summer and have been really enjoying it! We LOVE books around here anyhow, but having a wee push to ‘make more’ out of our books has been great AND it has meant that we have read some books that we would never have heard of, thanks to their lovely suggested reading list. This past week the theme has been “Animals” – and what toddler doesn’t love animals, right??! I have to say all 3 of mine have always loved animals and started making those wonderful animal sounds from they were around 10 months – for J his first noise was an “oink”, S was a “baaaaaaa” and little L has taken to “moooooooooo”!!! We’ve had lots of fun this week and I thought I’d share some of the things that you could do with your little 1 – 2 year olds 🙂

I am no expert on speech, definitely not!! But I have definitely noticed that once my kiddies started making animal sounds the speech just started to flow! I was looking online to give you some theory on the matter and came across this http://www.talkingkids.org/2011/04/moo-baa-la-how-animal-sounds-can-help.html which might help explain why!! I’m just glad to know I was actually onto something and not just getting carried away!!!!!

So here are some ways you can go all baa, moo, oink and neigh in your house, safe in the knowledge that you are doing some good 🙂

We’ve had farm books in our book basket for a while now and I intend to keep them there for a while longer! The teacher in me insists on having books in every room of the house – we want to encourage life long readers after all 😉 And foster a real love of reading. I find that by having book baskets dotted around the house, it grabs the kids attention and also reminds me to stop for a moment and read with them. Here’s a snap of what’s in our living room basket……..

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We have also been playing some matching and sorting games with our 1-year-old and 2-year-old…… we love us a bit of Melissa and Doug around here! The wooden pieces that you see are from their puzzles.

The first wee activity is nice and simple – match the toy animal to the picture card. A great receptive language activity! Allows you to have fun with animal sounds and names! Matching games also help a child’s visual skills – strong visual skills are important for learning when a child goes to school. Matching is also the first step in one-to-one correspondence – very important for counting etc… This is a very basic matching game, but enough for a little toddler 🙂

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The second wee activity is a sorting activity – making sets of cows, pigs, sheep etc…… Sorting is a beginning math skill. A little P1 will be asked to do lots of sorting activities when they start school. Sorting is a beginning math skill. Here’s a wee bit of theory – may as well put some of the things I learnt at university to some use!!! By sorting, children understand that things are alike and different as well as that they can belong and be organized into certain groups. Getting practice with sorting at an early age is important for numerical concepts and grouping numbers and sets when they’re older.  Studies have even been shown that kids who are used to comparing and contrasting do better in mathematics later on…what better reason do we need but to get some sorting activities on the rip 😉

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There we go, if you happen to be near our house anytime soon, you will no doubt hear lots of strange and wonderful sounds 🙂 What have you found with your kiddies? Has learning animal sounds helped them on the road to talking? Do you think you’ll give any of these wee games a go with your child? Please let me know, I’d love to hear!

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