You’ve probably noticed that you can have fancy, light up toys and if you are cooking or doing dishes in the kitchen your toddler will choose the pots and pans to play with over the toys.
One of the best things about Tot School is you don’t need a lot of expensive, store bought materials to keep your toddler busy. Items found around the house can provide a variety of types of play.
Every Parent Can Teach Their Toddler has an excellent chapter on examples of how to use household items for play activities.
Materials To Collect for Tot School
- Cardboard boxes
- Plastic cups and bottles
- pipe cleaners
- Cups and bowls
- Containers and lids
- Toilet paper tubes
- masking tape
Ideas to Get Started with Tot School
- Stack plastic cups or use for pouring during sensory play.
- Use cardboard tubes to make a track on the wall for pom poms or for stamp painting.
- Set out containers and lids for matching.
- Cut holes in the top of a container to push pom poms or Q-Tips through.
- Use plastic bottles as bowling pins.
Household items and books can easily supply everything you’ll need to keep your toddler engaged and learning.
Toddlers will naturally explore whatever is set out in front of them developing problem-solving skills as they observe cause and effect. Using household items will encourage creativity, save money and unnecessary trips to the store creating a pleasant Tot School experience for everyone!
Amy is a former teacher turned stay-at-home mom and writer. She loves sharing what she knows about family, play and early learning. When she’s not at her computer you can find her spending family time, organizing or decorating her home, reading a good self-help book or pretending she knows how to cook but she usually leaves that to her awesome husband!