Baby game : up, up, up and dowwwwwwn

Ziggy and I explored a new set of blocks I bought for the preschool. It turns out that these light weight musical rainbow blocks were very interesting to my little 9 month old grandson and perfect for playing the baby game:  “Up, up, up!” and “Dowwwwwwwwwwwwwwn!” over and over and over again…

Up and Down Baby Block Play by Teach Preschool

My job was to stack the blocks up (with one hand and try to take photos with the other)….

Up and Down : Baby Game by Teach Preschool

And Ziggy’s job was to reach out and knock the blocks down….

Up and Down : Baby Game by Teach Preschool

My job was to say, “Up, up, up!” as I stacked the blocks on top of each other…

Up and Down : Baby Game by Teach Preschool

And to say “Dowwwwwwwn” when Ziggy knocked them all down…

Up and Down : Baby Game by Teach Preschool

Ziggy loved our game and for as long as he stayed interested, we continued to play…

Up and Down : Baby Game by Teach Preschool

Ziggy concentrated on the blocks all throughout our game. Well except for a moment here and there…

Up and Down : Baby Game by Teach Preschool

After a little while, we changed the game to “In and Out”…

Up and Down : Baby Game by Teach Preschool

And Ziggy played the game like a true champ!

Up and Down : Baby Game by Teach Preschool

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DIY ramps and cars for toddlers

My grandson loves his cars and trucks so I thought I would introduce him to a simple version of ramps and cars this week. I started by making a simple toddler-sized ramp that he could easily explore…

DIY Ramps and Cars for Toddlers by Teach Preschool

To make the ramp, I taped together two pieces of left-over foam board that I have had sitting on my dining room table for over a week. I was thrilled to find some use for the pieces of foam board to at least get them off the table for awhile…

DIY Ramps and Cars for Toddlers by Teach Preschool

While my grandson was off playing in the other room, I set up our new ramp by taping one end of the foam board ramp to a kid-size table leaving the other piece of foam board hanging over the edge of the table. At first I set out three little trucks I had picked up from the dollar store and then waited for my grandson to come back into the kitchen so I could introduce him to my newly made DIY really cool toddler-sized ramp…

DIY Ramps and Cars for Toddlers by Teach Preschool

All it took was one demonstration of what to do and then it was time for grandma to move out of the way and let this toddler have at it…

DIY Ramps and Cars for Toddlers by Teach Preschool

And it wasn’t long before more cars and trucks were added to the ramp…

DIY Ramps and Cars for Toddlers by Teach Preschool

And off they went across the track and down the ramp…

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After awhile, my grandson decided to drive the cars and trucks up the ramp. Well as you know, foam board will not hold up well to being climbed on so after it was bent up a little, my grandson figured out (with a little help from me) if he stood to the side of the ramp, he could drive back up…

DIY Ramps and Cars for Toddlers by Teach Preschool

And back up the ramp went all the cars and trucks. We used the words “up” and “down” a lot during my grandson’s play….

DIY Ramps and Cars for Toddlers by Teach Preschool

I had a teacher recently mention on Facebook that she was looking for idea on how to introduce the concept of “Up and Down” to her students in the classroom. My suggestion to anyone wishing to teach directional words is to put them into action. The act of making those cars go up and down gave my grandson and I ample opportunity to use the words “up and down” in a fun and meaningful way…

DIY Ramps and Cars for Toddlers by Teach Preschool

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By | March 24th, 2013|Categories: DIY, Infant and Toddler|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments