For Young Toddlers (12-18 months)
- Have them find animals ("Can you find the dog?" "Where is the tiger?")
- Locate animals by sounds. (Which animal says meow? Which animal says moo?)
- Find fruit. (Where is the apple?)
- If your child knows colors, ask them to locate pictures by color. (Point to the red fruit.)
- Match pairs of items. Put in piles.
- Sort (Put all farm animals together, zoo animals, ocean animals, insects, etc)
- Match animals and their coverings (fur, feather,scales)
- Play Memory.
- Use dry erase marker to write the beginning sound/letter, ending sound/letter, or try to spell the word. If you laminate with packing tape, it will wipe off. (You can use dry erase or Vis-a-vis markers).
- Discuss adjectives and verbs, and try and think of as many as they can for each picture. Again, a great way to use the 5 senses (what would it smell like? feel like? sound like?)
- Use the cards to make up a sentence. For example, ifthey have a bear and a fish: The fuzzy brown bear tries to capture the slippery fish for dinner.
- More difficult sorting (mammals, reptiles, categories of food like meat, grains, and dairy, herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores, etc).