13 months is such a fun age! Gwen has started imitating many words I say, and sometimes she even (accidentally) nails the pronunciation!
Recently she bursts into "aaaa" when I begin the alphabet song.
I thought it'll be sweet to combine this vocal interest with her passion for velcro to make a fun sensory board (plus alphabet song accompaniment.)
Sensory Velcro Learning Board for Toddlers!
I put up this alphabet board on the window at Gwen's play area. She gravitates towards it a few times a day, showing me the letter card she wants to pull off so I'll tell her what letter it is, before yanking it off with a satisfactory velcro ripping sound.
Once she stood there for a good 5 minutes yanking off every single velcro card and gave a contented sigh when the board was finally bald 😂
This sensory velcro learning board sure beats the conventional non-interactive educational posters in terms of entertainment value and I like that I can seize child-led times when Gwen is interacting with the board on her own initiative as teachable moments.
How to make a Sensory Velcro Learning Board for Toddlers
- Procure a large foam board and stick one end of the velcro across most of its surface area
- Stick the other velcro side over your child's favourite set of flash cards (It doesn't have to be the alphabet, farm animals or colours would work well)
- Attach the cards to the foam board
- Put up the foam board securely on the wall or window where it's at a good height for your child to access
Show your child how the velcro works. When your child displays interest in taking the cards off, encourage them to do so and point out the object in the cards. For children who love putting things back, pass them cards to stick back onto the velcro board and tell them the contents on the card. This is a great exercise for improving motor skills!
You could also sing nursery rhymes to make it more fun for toddlers to process whatever's on the velcro board. Old MacDonald Had A Farm would be great if you chose animal flash cards. Baa Baa Black (repeat with other colours) Sheep is perfect for colour flash cards.
I intend to alternate the items velcro-ed to the sensory board every few weeks to change things up a little and expose Gwen to more learning materials.
I hope this is a simple yet engaging way you could make learning fun for your little one! Tell me your experience at miraculove_sg via Instagram Direct Message or Facebook Group.
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Hi! I am Yunnie. I am the newly minted mama to a little baby girl and a mum friend to everyone on this special (and many times scary) journey of motherhood. Also a graduated bride with a penchant for weddings.