What is an early childhood education curriculum for toddlers that is fun for boys and girls?
The theme for this week of toddler school is D is for dance. This theme may seem girly but is really fun for boys and girls! Talking about music and dancing is fun!
My toddler loves music so this was a fun theme for him. If you have a daughter, you can definitely adapt the theme to include a LOT more dancers and tutus and pink and purple. I really wanted this toddler homeschool curriculum to be fun for boys and girls and I think I definitely achieved that with this theme.
(Go here to read about appropriate ages for this curriculum)
Make the Letter
This week, make the letter D with yarn and glue. Have your toddler glue the yarn onto the D the first day and then have them trace the yarn with their finger on the other days.
The learning notebook pages are always a big hit, it helps to have these really fun dry erase crayons. I was really surprised at how good my toddler was getting with these “Which One is Different?” pages. This printable and more are included in the Toddler Curriculum.
Homemade musical instruments (toilet paper roll “sticks,” oatmeal container drum, shoebox guitar, straw flute).
Pass small party favor flutes or slide whistles through the middle of masking tape without touching the sides.
Sweep colored pasta using a small broom onto dancer’s tutu. (printable included in the curriculum)
Make 3 small button snakes and write the numbers 1-3 on the buttons. Cut 6 dancers from felt to go on the button snakes. Put the right number of dancers on the snakes.
Make a popsicle stick puzzle with the dancing shoes or the violin picture. (printable included in the curriculum)
Cut out the square for this pattern page, but have your toddler glue the pieces on. It’s ok if you do just part of a page if your toddler doesn’t want to finish it.
One letter activity we did this week was read the D book from starfall.com. I am not a sponsor of Starfall or anything like that, but I totally would be if I could because I absolutely LOVE their website. I’m pretty sure my oldest son basically learned how to read thanks to Starfall. My toddler also loves their interactive letter books.
I wanted to get Giraffes Can’t Dance from the library for this week, but they didn’t have it when we went. 🙁 We just enjoyed some non-themed books this week.
Letter D Craft
Make a twirly wand using ribbons, instructions are in the Toddler Curriculum. Boys will love this craft too! My toddler thought it was so much fun when he shook it.
We used shredded paper as our sensory bin base this week and it was a huge hit. My toddler loves digging through the sensory material to find all of the hidden treasures. His favorite part of the sensory bins though is when I help him trace each letter as we say its name. Read more about our ABC sensory bins here.
It was hard for me at first to come up with preschool curriculum ideas that were fun for both boys and girls, but I was really proud of how great this theme worked out. It was really fun for our family of boys, but I’m pretty sure even the girliest of girls would enjoy it too.