Activities for toddlers :: reading, writing and songs

Welcome to day five of our activities for toddlers series. We’ve already looked at sensory play, arts and crafts, maths games and imaginary play and today we have some lovely playful ideas for reading, writing and songs that are just right for toddlers.

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Coloring pages and printables for Valentine’s Day

I’m so glad you enjoyed the coloring pages I made last month – thanks for all the lovely feedback! I thought you might like some this month with a Valentine’s theme. I’ve got some coloring pages, a printable multi-lingual poster and a journal page for you to print and try.colouring pages Valentines 1

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Hip-hop poems for kids

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Once you’re passed the nursery rhyme stage, do you still enjoy sharing poetry with your children?

We recognise the important value of nursery rhymes for very young children, as they pass on the sounds and rhythms of our native languages, but the value of poetry doesn’t diminish as children get older. Approached with passion, poetry can be inspiring, and how it’s shared with children makes a vital difference to their engagement with it. [Read more…]

Poems about sunflowers

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Have you ever tried writing poetry with children? So far this summer the Sunflower Club has inspired us with measurement, science, art, numbers and biology and today we’re tried out some poems about sunflowers.

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We had a go with two different prompts. The first was to take each letter of the word ‘sunflower’ and see if we could find another word beginning with that letter which suited our flowers. This worked well for my 7 year old but didn’t click with my four year old.

For the second prompt we used some starter sentences to brainstorm ideas. For example…

A sunflower is….

The sunflower’s colour is…

A sunflower is tall like…

The petals are like…

We then took the ‘answers’ and combined them to make our poem.  Here’s what we came up with – what do you think?


Up to the sky




Over our heads


Extremely tall



Bright, beautiful, radiant colour

Like a lion’s mane

Tall as a mountain, up to the sky

Happy and sunny and radiant

And don’t forget you are invitied to our Sunflower Club linky party on August 25th. If you have been growing sunflowers or doing any sunflower activities over the summer please come and share your ideas with us. Whether you’ve a tip for planting, advice for growing giants, sunflower pictures or crafts, please come and link up with us.

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