Nursery Age 1 - Lesson 3

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

What to do in Week One
(Just a suggestion)


Backyard Bedtime by Susan Hill


Proverbs 4:14-15

"14. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men."
"15. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away."

Nursery Rhyme

Higgledy Piggledy, My Black Hen

Higgledy, Piggledy, my black hen,
She lays eggs for gentlemen;
Sometimes nine, and sometimes ten,
Higgledy, Piggledy, my black hen.

Speech & Vocabulary

Comparing: (at bath time) The blue boat is bigger than the yellow boat.  The wash cloth is wet and the towel is dry...

Indoor Games

Bean Bag Catch

For this game you will need one or more different colored bean bags.  I have six different colored bean bags that I use (red, blue, green, yellow, orange and purple).  Play catch with your toddler by sitting on the floor near each other.  As I gently pass a bean bag to my toddler I tell her what color it is.  Play as long as your toddler is interested.

Safety tip:  Never leave your toddler alone with the bean bags in case they break.

Classical Music

Bach: Prelude No. 1 from The Well-Tempered Clavier

Children's Songs

The Alphabet Song

Foreign Languages

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

Part One: Learn a song in French -- Frere Jacques
Part Two: French Vocabulary -- le canard (duck)


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

Arts and Crafts

The art lessons will begin at Lesson 11.  Until then just introduce your toddler to jumbo crayons and paper.  Scribble away!

What to do in Week Two
(Just a suggestion)


Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney


Proverbs 4:14-15

"14. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men."
"15. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away."


"Twinkletoes" from When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne

Sign Language

Suggestion:  Teach the sign for BATH.

Outdoor Games

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

Wind Play (pinwheels and more) - try to get two pinwheels, one for you and one for your toddler.  Show how the pinwheel can turn in the wind and let your toddler give it a try.  To make a pinwheel for your toddler, try this playful pinwheels craft.  The pinwheel should only be used under constant supervision.

Musical Exploration

Music from other lands - look for CDs at your library with music from around the world.  I recommend Wee Sing Around the World.  You can play the music in the background or dance to the music with your toddler.


Acalanto (Brazilian) from the Brazilian Lullaby CD


Sock Puppets -- make a puppet for your toddler from a clean sock.  You can use a marker to draw on a face or embroider the face.  Let this puppet become your clean up time puppet.  Choose a name for the puppet that your toddler will like.  As part of a bedtime routine, bring out your sock puppet and let the puppet "talk" to your toddler as he learns to clean up his toys.  

Nature Study

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

Art Appreciation

Children's Illustrators Art Appreciation

Eric Carle -- Show your toddler the artwork of Eric Carle in the book Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?


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