Valentine’s Day traditionally is the day of love and has become a global culture to celebrate on February 14th! Some countries have their own unique customs, while most places marked by giving gifts and spending time with their loved ones.
If you are a multicultural family raising a little global citizen, do not shy away from the idea of celebrating this romantic day with your toddler. Valentine’s day is all about celebrating love with your loved ones, and it is never too early to express love!
Exploring The Color PINK
In general, toddlers by age three are interested in bright colors! Since pink is one of the most significant colors for Valentine’s Day, in preparation for this particular day, let’s explore PINK.
You can start teaching colors to your toddlers as early as two years, and it is recommended by the child expert to begin teaching from the primary colors (red, yellow, and green) before you go beyond. Therefore, If your toddler prefers red, you can create a red theme as well.
Here are a few simple ways of Teaching toddler Pink by exploring and playing:
Learning Walls are a method to model and share children’s thinking processes. Children use this information as a prompt for their thinking. You can set up a simple learning wall prior to the activity by putting some pictures of the pink objects up. Create a learning station for your multicultural child to explore. These images can provide visual communication with your toddlers during the learning process.
You can present different types of drawing material in Pink to help your toddler to explore. Coloring is vital in early childhood for many reasons. Here are the main benefits of coloring activities:
1. Improves Fine motor Skill: Fine Motor Skill is the coordination of small muscles, usually involve the synchronization among wrist, hand, and fingers. When your child colors, he or she develops fine motor coordination and hand strength. In this practice , toddler can develop a good finger grip to control the movement.
2. Increase Concentration: All toddlers have notoriously short attention spans; experts have continues to suggest coloring is an excellent focus-building exercise, since it requires a decent amount of concentration. Practice coloring regularly can increase your toddlers’ overall concentration levels.
3. Stimulus Creativity: Coloring creates the opportunity for your toddler to stimulate the creative centers in their mind. Your toddler can develop his or her own drawing style and enjoy making an imaginary.
4. Teach Color Recognitions: Coloring in activities encourages color awareness. When your child is drawing the same color group repeatedly, it helps to trigger the memory during the engagement.
5. Enhance hand and Eye Coordination: Coloring assists the development of hand & eye coordination. Toddlers are basically trying to get their color pencils to do what their eyes are doing. Since
Drawing on Wall
Most parents have experienced their toddlers drawing on a wall inside the house, and then it creates a problem for a major clean up if you should repaint the wall or put on a new wallpaper. However, there is a hidden benefit drawing on the wall, as it allows your toddler to develop motor skills in a different position rather than looking down on the table. Draw on the wall allows your toddler to build stronger arm strength and practice hand-eye coordination on a horizontal surface.
You can create a mess-free environment by using chalkboard paper or mounting a paper wall; Before you set your kids up with a wall space for art, be sure to explain the difference between surfaces that are fine to draw, and surfaces that are not.
Matching the Pinks
Matching game can be played by simple set up. Prepare two sets of color cards; 1 set will be used as the control group, and the other set is the sorting group.
The benefits of the color matching game:
- improve concentration
- train visual memory
- increase attention to detail
- develop the ability to define similarities and differences in objects
Valentine’s day is a global culture that celebrates love in many places around the world, involve your multicultural child with crafts, activities, or cards to feel love in this romantic day!