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My ds is not yet old enough for preschool type curriculum and while playing is learning i would love some constructive ways to "play" and activities to do. also how do you know what a child should know? i'm new to this so i appreciate any help. thanks
 

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from your siggy, it looks like your child just turned one. as for what he "should" know -- please don't even worry about that. children vary so greatly, especially at that age, so don't even concentrate on that imo.<br><br>
as for activities....a sand and water table would be fun (if he won't eat the sand) puzzles with the wood knobs - bubbles, sprinkler time when warm weather comes, picture books and short story books. big magnets on the fridge to play with, homemade playdough, big crayons and paper, singing, finger puppets, dancing, music, peek-a-boo, hide something and have him find it (i.e. a stuffed animal, etc). going to the zoo or a petting farm, sidewalk chalk....painting with pudding, etc.<br><br>
there are so many fun things to do at that age!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> have fun! hth!
 

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There's not much toddlers need to know. Every new experience in learning time for them. You can take him to the playground, the library, the zoo, a museum, a concert (outdoors is probably easier with a little one).<br><br>
You may want to check out a book called <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Slow and Steady, Get Me Ready</span> or <span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Busy Book for Toddlers</span>.
 
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