Children and Nature
This is a non-CEU Course.
DEL MERIT STARS
Stages of Social and Emotional Development in Toddlers
(1 hour / .1 CEU)
Creativity and Imagination in Infants and Toddlers
Starting at about 18 months, toddlers have better hand-eye coordination than they did at a younger age. This is a good time to introduce finger paints (or pudding), crayons and chalk. They can develop their creativity by using paste (water and flour), tearing, cutting and manipulating play dough or shaving cream.
Mix familiarity with novelty to keep these materials interesting. Add toy cars or toy people to the shaving cream. Put out small rolling pins, plastic cutlery and cookie cutters along with the play dough. Stretching the activity by adding to the basic material stretches the imagination as children figure out what can be done with the new additions.