Teaching English to Toddlers
Today a teacher asked me for cartoons, activities and songs relating to castles. Rather than spending hours searching for those online use these instant ideas. Here's my reply to the teacher:
Hello there and thanks for your question. Have you got my "English for Toddlers" small book? It's packed with great ideas on how to play with toddlers and teach them English at the same time.
For a castle activity for toddlers I can think of rooms vocabulary and going through the castle to get to the treasure. You make a castle on the floor using coloured cloth or just the children's imaginations and minimum props. Keep it very simple for toddlers, so your castle might have only three rooms. Each room has a different coloured piece of cloth. Each room has an over-turned plastic cup. Under one of these you place the treasure (not something they could swallow obviously). As the toddlers go through different rooms you name them, Sally is in the living room...is the treasure in the living room?
As you know, you can't "organise" toddlers the way you can with three year old children and up. It's more a case of getting them involved while you repeat the room words over and over, and use short sentences over and over while toddlers are engaged in the castle.
Cardboard castles are easy to make too. Take a cardboard box, cut off the lid and cut crenalations into the sides. Bingo, a castle! If you cut off the bottom too children can go inside the castle. "Who lives in the castle? Sally lives in the castle." Lots of toddlers will want to get in there! The bigger the box the more toddlers you can get in! Ideally have more than one to avoid frustration and have more toddlers involved at once.
Then the toddlers can decorate the castles. I couldn't find the perfect photo for this post but from the one below you may get inspired for your cardboard castle using scissors and a pen.
Toddlers each draw a castle. Give them a basic model to copy, such as a rectangle with crenalations along the top. These can be coloured and spread about the room, on the floor or walls. Play music. Stop the music and ask, "Where is the red castle?" "Who can see a red castle?" You won't be able to force them to show you a red castle, but some might. They will all be soaking up the word "castle" and the sounds of English just by being there with you.
Learn how to teach toddlers English with my "English for Toddlers" small book? It's packed with great ideas on how to play with toddlers and teach them English at the same time.