What to do with this activity?
Getting a toddler dressed can be a challenge, especially if you are under time pressure in the morning. Here are some of our top tips:
1) Make sure the room where they change is cosy - maybe even warm up their clothes on a radiator first.
2) Kids love routine - have a particular order for doing things in the morning. For instance - breakfast first, clean teeth, then get dressed, or whatever order suits your family. Stick to it.
3) Leave enough time - maybe get up a bit earlier to reduce the stress.
4) Make sure their clothes are comfortable and easy to put on - no tight necks, difficult zips or buttons, and so on.
5) Give them a choice of two outfits - it makes them feel they have some control over their own life.
6) Challenge them to a race - against you or against the clock. For instance, "I bet you can't get dressed in a minute".
7) Make it fun - invent a game or a song about getting dressed.
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Why am I doing this?
Children’s ability to think and understand experiences develops by listening and speaking. As a child’s language becomes more complex so does their ability to understand more complex thoughts and ideas. The family is the child’s first source of language and learning and there are lots of everyday activities that occur in the home, which can help children’s language skills. Your child will get better at using words when they practice words and hear the sounds of words.
How can I do more?
Just keep talking and listening. Normal routines provide lots of opportunities for conversation and for all the family to learn new things. If you are walking down a street, point out things you see and talk about them. Explain new words, show the colours or point out shapes. Ask your child what animals or buildings they like. There’s no end to what you can talk about together.
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