Add A Little – 1 Year Old Curriculum – Unit 6

My Fingers

Vocabulary: Finger, Paint, Poke, Water

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Poke It Through

Supplies:

  • A basket with holes in the sides. Consider a laundry basket, or a smaller organizing basket with holes.
  • Optional: A toy that can poke through the holes. (This is especially helpful if the holes in the basket are rough or pose a risk of getting fingers stuck in them.) Consider:
    • A spikey sensory ball
    • The tail of a dog toy
    • A spoon

Time to Play:

  • Sit with your child where one of you can reach the inside of the basket and the other can reach the outside. Poke your finger or the toy through a hole, then pull it back.
  • Repeat this action in another hole.
  • Encourage your child to try to catch the finger/toy or push it back in.
  • Play and have fun together.
  • Eventually consider trading roles. Can your child poke the toy through while you try to catch it?

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Water Painting

Supplies:

  • Several dark-coloured pieces of construction paper (test ahead of time to ensure water makes them change colour)
  • One shallow dish
  • A paintbrush (alternatively pinch a large pompom or cotton ball in a clothes pin)
  • Water

Prep:

  • Cut the paper in half – approx. 8.5″ by 5.5″
  • Fill the dish with about 1/2″ of water

Time to Play:

  • Sit your child at a table or somewhere water-resistant with a piece of construction paper in front of them.
  • Show them how to dip the paintbrush (or alternative) in the water and then brush the paper. Be excited when the colour changes.
  • Encourage them to try.

Let’s Sing

Where Is Thumpkin?

Let’s Sing

Christian Song

This Little Light of Mine

Let’s Read

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb

Author: Al Perkins

Illustrator: Eric Gurney

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Add A Little – 1 Year Old Curriculum – Unit 5

My Body

Vocabulary: Head, Hand, Fall, Squish

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On My Head

Supplies:

  • Select 1-3 toys per child that are durable and don’t hurt if they fall. Consider:
    • Stuffed animals
    • Bean bags
    • Rings from a ring stacking toy

Time to Play:

  • While sitting with your child, place a toy on your head. Balance it for a moment then make it fall.
  • Encourage your child to put a toy on top of their head. Laugh with your child when it falls and have fun.

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Cereal Squish

Note to Parents/Teachers:

  • This activity is fantastic for hand-eye coordination and fine motor development.
  • If you are concerned your child will pick up bad eating habits when you teach them to squish the cereal, consider making it feel like it is not meal time by placing their highchair somewhere unusual or having them sit somewhere else entirely. Just remember there will be cereal dust to clean up after.

Supplies:

  • 1 Handful of an easy-to-squish cereal such as Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal

Prep:

  • Consider buckling your child into their highchair for this activity.

Time to Play:

  • Place five pieces of cereal in front of your child. Show them how to use a finger to squish one or two pieces.
  • Encourage them to try.
  • As they catch on, give them a few more pieces of cereal.

Let’s Sing

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Let’s Sing

Christian Song

Oh Be Careful Little Eyes

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Let’s Read

My First – Body

By: DK

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Picture of Christmas socks. Cover image for a curriculum for 1 year olds.

 

Add A Little – 1 Year Old Curriculum – Unit C

Christmas

Vocabulary: Snow, Falling, Soft, Socks

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Let It Snow

Supplies:

  • A sheet of basic white paper or wrapping paper (alternative: white pompoms or cotton balls)
  • 1 container

Prep:

  • When your child is not present, rip the paper into pieces approximately 2″ by 2″. Next, crumple each piece and put them in your container.

Time to Play:

  • Invite your toddler to join you in an open area. Explain that you’re going to play with pretend snow.
  • Toss the pieces of “snow” into the air over your heads. Gather handfuls of snow from the floor and toss in the air again.
  • If you know one, sing a song about snow while you play, such as:

It Is Snowing

  • Author: Unknown
  • Tune: Are You Sleeping?

It is snowing, it is snowing,

All around, all around.

Soft and quiet snowflakes, soft and quiet snowflakes,

Touch the ground. Touch the ground.

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Sock Play / Match (Stockings)

Supplies:

  • Socks – could be:
    • Your toddler’s current socks
    • Adult fuzzy socks
    • Mismatched baby socks
  • 1 box or basket (or more)

Prep:

  • Place several socks, preferably of different textures, in the basket.
  • For toddlers able to match socks, choose pairs of socks that can be matched.

Time to Play:

  • With younger toddlers, explore the textures, colours, and patterns on the socks. Have fun dumping them out of the box and putting them back in again. Can you balance a sock on your head?
  • With more advanced toddlers, encourage them to attempt to match the socks. Remember this is a challenging new skill for them, so be encouraging.
  • Other play ideas include:
    • Put socks on a doll.
    • Let your toddler try to put socks on their own feet (or on their hands as mittens).
    • Roll a sock into a ball and throw it into the basket.
    • Find a couple of toys that can hide in the socks.

Let’s Read

Where Is Baby’s Christmas Present?

Author and Illustrator: Karen Katz

A simple lift-the-flap Christmas book that does not discuss Santa or the Nativity.

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Let’s Read

CHRISTIAN BOOK

Baby’s First Nativity

Author: Little Bee Books

Illustrator: Nomar Perez

A wonderfully simple Nativity book, especially for younger 1 year olds.

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Add A Little – 1 Year Old Curriculum – Unit 4

The Simple Things

Vocabulary: Sit, Stand, Pull, Tape

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Sit On It

Supplies:

  • A low sturdy thing to sit on (see prep).

Prep:

  • Find something for your child to sit on. Consider
    • A booster seat
    • Detachable stroller seat if it is stable on the ground
    • A 4″ tall wide strong box (add some weight inside to keep it from sliding)
    • A pack of 12 soup cans.
  • Clear an area of bumping hazards around the seat.
  • Consider placing soft mats or blankets around the seat.

Time to Play:

  • Show your child the seat and encourage them to sit on it. They likely need your help and guidance the first several times, but then back off to see if they can do it themselves.

Comments:

  • This activity will hold stronger appeal for toddlers who can already walk independently. If your child isn’t walking yet, they may still like this activity. If not, consider re-trying this activity in a couple of months.
  • For more advanced walkers, consider finding a sturdy thing that is only 2-4 inches tall. Invite your child to step onto and off of it.

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Tape Pull

Supplies:

  • Painters tape (or other tape that comes off cleanly. Alternatively consider using sticky notes).

Prep:

  • Select a surface you don’t mind putting tape on. Possibilities include a wall, the back of a door, the side of a bookshelf, the refrigerator.
  • Place five to ten 5″ pieces of tape on the wall leaving one end hanging loose.

Time to Play:

  • Show your child how to pull one piece of tape off the wall, then put the piece of tape back.
  • Encourage your child to try pulling all the tape off the wall.

Let’s Sing

Rolly Polly

Let’s Sing

Christian Song

God is so Good

Additional Verses for “God is so Good”

Let’s Read

Big Board First 100 Words

Roger Priddy

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Add A Little – 1 Year Old Curriculum – Unit 2

Mountains

Vocabulary: Pillow, Soft, Container, Put In

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Pillow Mountain

Supplies:

  • Large thick blankets
  • Pillows
  • Open floor space
  • Optional: Giant stuffed animals (if entirely soft)
  • Optional: Couch cushions, etc.
  • Optional: Foam mats, exercise mats and/or similar

Prep:

  • Clear a large floor space by removing any hard objects, including any tables or chairs that have hard legs which could pose a bumping hazard.
  • Place any mats on the floor.
  • Spread your largest blanket on top of the mats (this will help keep everything else from sliding, especially on hard floors).
  • Spread any other thick blankets you have on top.
  • Heap all your pillows and giant stuffed animals on top of the middle of the blankets.

Time to Play:

  • Lead by example. Climb onto the pillow mountain. Roll around enjoying the softness.
  • Encourage your toddler to join you.
  • Have fun tumbling around on the mountain.

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Pieces of Nature

Supplies:

  • Two bowls or containers, etc.
  • 3-7 items from outside that are taste-safe and not choking hazards, consider:
    • Pine cones
    • Flowers (taste-safe only)
    • Rocks (too big to choke on)
    • Leaves

Prep:

  • Clear an area for playing on the floor
  • Place one bowl with all the objects on the floor.
  • Place the other bowl beside it.

Time to Play:

  • Model how to pick an item from the first bowl, examine it, and put it in the second bowl.
  • Encourage your child to explore the items.

Let’s Sing

She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain

Let’s Read

Who

Author: Jaye Garnett

Illustrator: Ariel Silverstein

Note: For 1 year olds, read as a point and name book.

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Let’s Sing

Christian Song

My God is So Big

Words and Actions for “My God is So Big”