3 Unique Development Activities for Toddlers

Toddlers learn by using their senses. They see, touch, hear, smell, and taste to help them understand the things around them. Remember to use positive reinforcement and lots of smiles. If you’re looking for some new ideas to teach your child, try these three developmental activities for your toddler.

Sensory Fun

child playing with play dough

Trace numbers and letters onto poster board or construction paper. Then have your toddler decorate the number or letter with items of different textures. This can include: pipe cleaners, pasta, cotton balls, colored sand or glitter. By touching the shape, it gives your child the opportunity to feel how the number or letter is created. After it is finished, use it each day for your child to say the number or letter out loud and to run their fingers over it. As your child progresses, further extend the activity to create words, such as their name.

Create Color Cards

color cards

Using construction paper, create two cards from each of the basic colors. This includes: red, yellow, blue, orange, purple, green, black, white, and brown. If you prefer, you can also write the names of each color on the cards as well. Place one of each of the colors down in front of your child. Then begin by picking one of the colors out of your stack of cards and ask them to hand you the other card. (For example, I have the blue card. Can you hand me a blue card?) After a while your child will be able to match the cards by themselves.

Sing-sational Learning


During the toddler phase your child will learn around nine new words per day. You can help to further develop this skill by creating fun tunes for your child to sing, for instance, the “Alphabet Song”,” I’m a Little Teapot”, or the “Wheels on the Bus”. Encourage singing while at home or when you’re driving in the car. There are plenty of time frames you can sing with your child. Singing is a great way to help your child learn about a variety of topics through song. This can include: numbers, letters, body parts, the months of the year, and more.

During the first five years of life, the experiences your child has will have a huge impact on the development of your child’s brain. However, it’s also important to remember each child is different. Therefore, what works for one child may not work for another. Your child may breeze through the activities or take a little longer for them to master. Watch and see what works for your child, and use that to help you further the activities you use to teach them.

Author: Chelsea O’Neill

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