blab, disappointment, Toddlers, vanilla

Bitter Vanilla

Vanilla was loved by the little child. The vanilla cup cake, vanilla milk shake, vanilla cookies , vanilla doughnuts sprinkled with those colorful toppings were completely enjoyed by her, with vanilla ice cream being her all time favourite.

It was Friday and the school had planned an event “Thousand shapes cookies” day. She was super excited to see, smell and taste a bite of her favourite vanilla cookies in so many different shapes.

All the kids assembled in a queue and as her turn approached she was excited to see the collection, but suddenly her excitement went down.

There were no vanilla flavored cookies. This had brought a deep sorrow in her and she was almost in tears when her teacher announced that “Children,  Vanilla will come in two minutes”. These words bought the sparkle back in her eyes and she immediately looked up, eagerly waiting once again.

In her mind she was imagining, what if it was vanilla ice cream and chuckled at its thought. Just then the teacher interrupted her thoughts by saying  “Vanilla will be your new class teacher from tomorrow. Introduce yourselves now”. And there stood a lady in an off white shirt and dark black skirt.

The girl couldn’t bear the second time disappointment and began to weep.

The Vanilla had turned Bitterrr!

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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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3D mapping, 3D positioning, activities, blab, concepts, left, right, Toddlers

Toy Mapping

Preparation: Story books with character representation
Engagement Time: 20 mins to few hours

Toddlers (Todds) get confused with the concept of left and right, ahead and beside. Sometimes differentiating between big and tall, fat and wide also get complex for their curious minds. This fun blab-tivity will help Todds understand these concepts and in-turn 3D (three-dimensional) mapping and positioning.

Choose the picture story book which your Todd loves the most. Next arrange for small objects which will represent different characters appearing in the story. These objects can be exact ones or substitute ones. The focus of the activity being on 3D mapping, try your best to not use paper drawings/print outs or other 2D (two-dimensional) representations.

Now begin reading the book and at every page allow your Todd to arrange the characters in the same way as it is pictured in the book. During this time, ask them questions which will help understand the concepts as described in the beginning of the blab.

Some sample questions which i have asked my Todd:

  • Which is the tallest character?
  • Who is to who’s left/right side?
  • Which of the character is occupying more space?
  • Which is the tiny character?
  • Which character has nobody beside them?

This activity was thoroughly enjoyed by my Todd while reading his all-time favourite book “Disney Planes: Classic Story Book”. You can notice below the arrangement of characters as well.

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Mapping the characters outside the page
Mapping the characters
Mapping the characters on the page directly

Our Todd loves it so much that the normal reading sessions have now evolved to role plays, with the characters enacting. However, I now have the additional work of keeping together the books with their characters emoticon3dtoyps

Also don’t forget to provoke your Todd with the other concepts like: who is to the left/right/beside/ahead/ of whom?

Try this out with your Todd too and share/comment on how engaging it was for you! Don’t forget to also let us know how much of fun got added into your regular reading sessions.

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Sherlock-ing

Preparation : None  
Engagement Time : 20 mins to few hours

Toddlers (Todds) help in finding long-lost things. They have a great memory and are very observant. From simple finds like toys and paper planes under the sofa to complex ones like the single sock from under the oven, they help us find stuffs from unique places in our houses(of course, they are also the ones to hide these things).

All aside the word “Find” sets them into action and they will surely not give up until they have found it. This activity tries to make use of this skill.

‘A’ for apple/airplane/alligator, ‘B’ for ball/basket/bag/boy…Z for ‘ ‘, these lessons are many with special emphasis on the phonics. Educators spend a lot of time to help Todds understand the concepts. This blab-tivity helps find the phonics!

Choose an environment you want to play this in: Parks, Car, Super markets etc. and ask your Todds to find objects starting from ‘A’ to ‘Z’ within this environment.

The important part of this activity is that the objects have to be found, this kinda helps them understand not just the phonics but also other concepts like: which objects are found in which environments.

The first time we played it in my home and we had a great time finding, hunting, thinking and looking out for stuffs. Here are the pics of our finds.

This way as the environment changes, there are newer objects which will fit the letters and hence more exposure to our Todds. The sense of excitement to search for objects keeps this activity going!

The best result of this blab-tivity was when our Todd totally amazed us by saying “We can also use newspaper for ‘N’ instead of nuts, right?”

Don’t you want to try this out too? Please do share on all your Todd’s finds.

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Imagineering

Preparation : None

Engagement Time : 20 mins to few hours

This one is my all-time favourite! It is a good family fun time indoor activity which keeps the whole family involved with absolutely no preparations needed.

Give the Toddler( Todd ) a situation which needn’t be life scenarios, they can be very silly and stupid ones too and ask them questions to kindle their thoughts like:

  • What they would do if they were in it?
  • If they like to be in there
  • Whom would they like to be?
  • Why would they do that and not something else?

This way keep on questioning and reasoning with them back and forth and don’t forget to add more twists to it.

You would be pleasantly surprised to know how much creativity your Todd has in them. Along with improved impromptu speaking skill, this activity also gives a sense of importance , since they know that everyone is waiting to listen to them. Also it helps you understand more about your Todd, his responses and behaviour in different situations.

Remember, for starters keep the situations simple and a topic of interest for your Todd.

Some situations I remember asking my Todd:

  • What if you were on an island with mango trees?
  • What would you do if an egg fell on your head?
  • What if you had an extra mouth?
  • What if you drank the cat’s milk and turned into a cat? How will you become yourself again?
  • What if you could live in Mars?

And a lot more!!!

Try it out too and do share back your Todd’s responses.

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activities, blab, funny, jokes, riddles, Toddlers

Jokes and Riddles

Preparation : None  
Engagement Time : 20 mins to few hours

My toddler (Todd) enjoys jokes and riddles, in fact at a very early age (two years) he could understand them and today he even makes up his own (of-course, some credit to his genes). Laughs and giggles are always infectious and if it is from our Todd’s, then they are much more special.

It is an evident fact that jokes (silly and witty) help keeps kids quite refreshed and relaxed. It’s an option when they are bored of regular stories. Some jokes when twisted into a riddle or a tale adds more charm to it. These activities go a big way to help them think differently.

Below are some which our Todd enjoys.

  • How does a baby corn call his father?
    • “Pop”-corn
  • You can eat all jams except one?
    • Traffic-jam
  • Why does the ‘B'(pronounce as letter bee) always feel cold?
    • Because it is always between ‘AC'(letters A and C, in the alphabet series)
  • What do you call it, when an ant who carries sugar, meets an ant who carries corn?
    • Sweet Corn
  • Two friends were famous in town.  One’ s name was “S. Sangeetha “, what is the other’s name?
    • No Sangeetha (S = Yes, no ~~ not)
  • A boy was eating a tub of cream, when he spilled some over his eyes, he immediately screamed “Ice-cream”
    • (Ice = Eyes)
  • A teacher asked in the class, how many heads do i have? A boy answered 5. How?
    • One head and Forehead (fore = four)
  • Which drinks do snakes like?
    • Juiceessssss(Pronounce with the ‘ssss’ sound longer)
  • What do cows like to watch on TV?
    • Moooovies(Pronounce with the ‘mooo’ longer)
  • What do you call a room filled with bikes?
    • Vroooommmmmmm(Pronounce with the ‘vrooo’ as fast as the bike)
  • Why did the boat sail to the shore?
    • Because the beach waved a goodbye (waving by hands = water waves)
  • What happened to the witch who tripped over the beach?
    • She became a sandwich (witch = which)
  • What is the milk of a dancing cow called?
    • Milk shake
  • Why did the boy throw some butter on the garden?
    • He wanted to see the butter-fly

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