Engaging Program Activities and Experiences For Infants and Toddlers
Incorporating new activities and experiences based on children’s interests and needs can be a challenge in Infant Toddler settings. Discover how one source of inspiration can inspire activities in your program. Learn great ideas for adding interactive, creative hands-on learning opportunities for Infants and Toddlers.
The Reasons Why
How do children learn through play?
How do we as educators support children’s development through the activities and experiences that we provide?
What do we as educators learn by observing, and engaging in play with children?
What does free play mean to you as an educator?
Changing Up Traditional Activities
Thinking outside the box when it comes to the location of setting up art invitations rather than just at a table
Try putting martials on the floor or on the wall for example (murals or when working with clay)
How can you create a cooperative art experience for the children by changing the location of the set up?
Creating small spaces for a few children or even just one child to play at in different areas of the program this is a wonderful way to break up the space
There needs to be purpose and intent behind every experience and space that we put forward as educatorsa
Examples and ideas of invitations for Infants and Toddlers that reflect various areas of curriculum
Supporting each individual child’s development in the set-up of the environment and invitations put forward in the program
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I have been an Early Childhood Educator for 24 years, having received my Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Douglas College. Since then, I have gained experience in a variety of areas within the field of Early Childhood Education: Director of a preschool, supervisor of after-school care as well as 3-5 and Infant Toddler programs and centre management. My primary focus has evolved to encompass team leadership, management training and program development. I have had articles published in provincial and national ECE journals on the topic of emergent curriculum and leadership. My goal as an Early Childhood Educator and facilitator is to support fellow educators and early years professionals in providing high-quality early learning experiences for children and families.
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