activities, blab, brain, Counting, exercise, memory, Toddlers

Memor(eas)y

Preparation:  Nothing
Engagement Time: 20 mins to few hours

All of us teach, play and have fun with our toddlers (Todds) and each of this creates experiences and memories in them. Do our Todds remember everything? This blab-tivity is a simple game with twists and turns that helps to improve and enhance our Todds memory span.

My Todd loves to learn about numbers hence I have used it for the blab-tivity. You can change it based on your Todds interest.

Write random numbers on a sheet of paper. Let your Todd have a look at the numbers.

Tip: Help your Todd remember the sequence by weaving a story around it. For the below sequence, you could use this one: Seven Ate(eight) Nine

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After about a minute turn the paper away and strike a casual conversation with your Todd and speak about totally unrelated things like:

  • What did you eat for Breakfast today?
  • Is there water in the bottle?
  • Did you cut your nails?
  • We need to go for a long walk today

After this ask your Todd to tell the numbers that were shown to him.

Note: The stories that you created around these numbers will help them re-collect the numbers easily.

Isn’t this a fun way to help them increase their memory span easily?

Do share your Todd’s experiences with this blab-tivity.

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Counting, Musical Instrument, Musical Maths, Toddlers, Zen Zula

Musical Maths

Preparation:  Any musical instrument
Engagement Time: 20 mins to few hours

Toddlers (Todds) love music in all possible forms. Be it rhymes, songs, xylophones, piano, drums or just banging the floor with a stick or spoon, they surely have a musical inclination.

This activity uses this interest of theirs to help them learn numbers and patterns and thereby creating their first music compilation. So, let the Mozart count!

I have used “Zen Zula” also known as the thumb piano with my Todd. It is a very compact and can be easily held by Todds. Also, it has about nine strings which are all easily reachable to be strung.

zenzula_numbersIn the below slideshow, you can see my Todd has played the string numbers- 5-6-7-8-9

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Slowly you can add patterns and rhythm by changing your counts to something like this 464-464-464-345.

The above count roughly gives the background music (BGM) for the song “Shape of you

The Zen Zula was just an example, this works also with the xylophones, piano, keyboard or even the drums.

For the drums, you can do the count activity by asking your Todd to use fingers instead of the sticks. The sticks can be used for the pattern activity.

If you get a hang of the Jal-tarang, then do try it out too.

Please do share in your Todds experience.

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