Nursery Age 1 - Lesson 16

(Follow the links to learn more about using the ideas listed.)

What to do in Week One
(Just a suggestion)


Architecture: Shapes by Michael J. Crosbie


Proverbs 22:6

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

Nursery Rhyme

Handy Pandy

Handy Pandy, Jack-a-Dandy,
Loves plum cake and sugar candy.
He bought some at the baker's shop,
And out he came, hop, hop, hop!

Speech & Vocabulary

Explaining: (at eating time)  You open your mouth to put in the spoon.

Indoor Games

Obstacle Course Fun

Set up an obstacle course in your living room.  You can use cushions, chairs, blankets, toys, stools, and so on.  Create a start line and a finish line.  Put on some music and have fun.  You will need to show your toddler how the obstacle course works before he begins.  But the course does not need to be completed correctly, so just let your toddler go for it!

Classical Music

Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann: Barcarolle

Children's Songs

Everything Grows  (Raffi)

Foreign Languages

(For learning French -- you can substitute with choices of your own in a different language.)

Part One: Learn a song in French -- Savez-vous planter les choux?
Part Two: French Vocabulary -- le lit (bed)


Optional:  Choose an exercise from an exercise book to use with your toddler daily.

Arts and Crafts

Paper Plate Art

This lesson will include more work with paper plates, as you will have them for puppetry already.  A favourite activity of children is to have a snack.  Use a snack time opportunity to create a fun and crafty snack.  Put some blobs of yogurt on your paper plate to use as "glue."  Then give your toddler some snacks such as mini crackers, cheese, raisins, and other finger foods.  Let your toddler "glue" the snacks onto the paper plate in any way he likes.  When done creating, eat up your mess!

What to do in Week Two
(Just a suggestion)


Sheep Take a Hike by Nancy Shaw


Proverbs 22:6

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."


"The Engineer" from Now We are Six by A. A. Milne

Sign Language

Suggestion:  Teach the sign for STOP.

Outdoor Games

(Depending on the season of the year you can rearrange these suggestions to work for you -- see the outdoor games link above.)

Wagon Rides -- you can take your toddler for a ride in a wagon.  Try to make sure your toddler is securely sitting (not standing) in the wagon.  Do not pull too fast and stay in safe areas.  Sometimes your toddler may find it more fun to pull the wagon himself.  Just put stuffed animals or dolls in the wagon for your toddler to pull.

Musical Exploration


These rhythm instruments are fun to use.  Castanets will be more difficult for your toddler to use, so I suggest that the parent use the castanets and the toddler use a tamborine.  You can march around your home playing these instruments, either accompanied by music or not.  A good piece of music to use with these instruments is the Tarantella.


Juru Panjar (Indonesian) from the World Sings Goodnight 2 CD


Paper Plate Puppets

Make a different paper plate puppet from the one you created last week.  You could also turn your paper plate puppet into a tamborine for the musical exploration activity.  Instead of leaving an opening to put your hand in the puppet, completely staple two paper plates together.  Be sure to put some beans or other noise maker in the plates before sealing.  You can still make a face, add hair, etc. to your paper plate before using it as a tamborine.

Nature Study

Choose from the list of suggestions according to the current season.

Art Appreciation

Children's Illustrators Art Appreciation

Kate Greenaway -- Show your toddler the artwork of Kate Greenaway in the book The Pied Piper of Hamelin. (This book is available online.)


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