From the time children are born it’s truly amazing how innocent they start out knowing so little about the world except for those natural instincts such when they are hungry. However, once their senses are developed enough to fully interact in the world one of the main ways toddlers take in large amounts of information is visually.
For instance, a baby may not like to have his nose wiped when he has a cold but sometimes when he sees a parent doing it a few times he catches on that it’s not such a big deal. Alternatively as babies get older transitioning into toddlers they eventually learn things like red means ‘stop,’ green means ‘go’ and a host of other similar equations based on what they see or are shown.
That being the case because visual learning is such a large part of their development it’s important to place things around the home that can help them become more familiarized with the world. The following are a number of examples which can be extremely useful for this task through the early growing years.
10 Visual Learning Opportunities For Toddlers
When kids practice building with wooden blocks they learn about weight, gravity, shapes, and more. Blocks with images or letters carved into them can be beneficial for learning about textures. Since young ages may put blocks in their mouths make sure they are made with eco-friendly materials. Otherwise find a local handyman to custom make a set for you.
It’s no wonder most of us grew up with magnets on the fridge. They are usually so vivid on the surface of refrigerators and the fact they stick to a surface and don’t fall is a wondrous feeling. Letter magnets are best for informal educational learning but those of animals and other images are also useful.
Mirrors can be amazing teaching tools as children get a chance learn about who they are in an entirely different way: by looking themselves in the eye. At first it can be a little overwhelming but after a while they see they are very much like everyone else.
It took millennia till the idea that the world was round was accepted and understood. Having a globe allows your child to begin to understand that although their main setting is the home and local surroundings the world is a fairly large place with many incredible places to visit. Having a map on the wall is also beneficial as it allows them to see that same world in a different perspective.
From the kitchen sink to the fruit bowl children learning to read and spell will benefit by having labels all around the home of various things. It’s a great way of allowing them to familiarize themselves with naming objects and practicing them informally.
Pictures of people from all different cultures smiling and happy can send a special message to our children that although many of us are different we all strive to be happy in life.
We carry so many digital devices we often have no need to look at a clock anymore but the truth is clocks are important for kids for practicing how to tell time. Put a few around the home and point out the numbers when it’s time for meals or getting ready for bed.
When kids make drawings or paintings don’t just file them away. Hang them up so they can see how much others appreciate them and gain appreciation of what they made.
Murals can be used for many educational purposes, especially if it’s of something historical. They can be painted with a child’s input and will light up the imagination everyday. Chose a wall and paint a meadow, jungle, the sea, or sky adding animals and all kinds of fun and exciting images.
Adults place inspirational messages around themselves all the time but it can also be a good tool for children who need to build their confidence. These messages shouldn’t be anything overly philosophical but simple and to the point so they can be understood easily and useful.
Do you have some fun visual learning ideas you can share? Or a funny story about your toddler learning?
Jakob Barry is a home improvement journalist for Networx.com. He writes on a wide range of green living topics including eco-friendly house painting.