The Foundation Years Trust - Parents of 0-5s

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Everyday Adventures for 2-3 year olds

How Do You Feel?

Your child is going through lots of emotions while also learning about other people’s feelings. Temper tantrums are normal, because children often don’t know how to put words to ‘big’ emotions like frustration, anger, embarrassment, guilt and shame. Children learn how to manage their feeling by watching the adults around them, how you respond to others and difficulties will provide the foundations for your child. If you are open and understanding to how you are feeling as well as your child’s then you can provide them with the tools they need to interact with others and build relationships.   

Give It a Go

Whilst playing use soft toys begin labelling and disguising feelings, ‘’teddy is feeling sad today because their favourite toy is broken’’ talk about what might help teddy feel happier. Create a book together of things that make you happy, things that make you sad… Playing games that involve turn taking and sharing with you will also encourage your child to feel and understand feelings of frustration or impatience, with your support they will learn to manage those feeling appropriately.  

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Let's Chat

Your child will be learning and using lots of words and will be easier to understand when talking. Your child will also be able to understand and follow simple requests like ‘bring your bag’. However, to be able to have a conversation they first need to learn how to become a good listener. Children develop listening skills through verbal and non-verbal interactions with others. Active listening requires learning verbal and non-verbal skills to respond back to others. You can help your child’s listening skills by providing lots of opportunities to hear people talking.

Give It a Go

Have fun sharing rhyming stories and nursery rhymes together, your child could have a go at ending the last words. With lego encourage your child to follow simple step by step instructions to create a structure. Create a sound bag, gather familiar items, and play together to try and guess the sound, it could a quack from a toy duck. 

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Meaningful Marks

Letters are everywhere and children understand that these letters have a meaning way before they can read them, your child may have notice and point out the 1st letter of their name in stories or shop signs etc. Having opportunities to create meaning marks through play is the first steps to reading and writing. 

Give It a Go

Find new fun interesting ways to make marks, it could be flour in a dinner tray. Go on a letter hunt walk. When pretend playing include note pads and pencils for your child to use. It could be making a menu or invention. Ask them for help writing your shopping list, cards etc. 

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Watch This Space

At this age, your child to trying to control their movements and navigate their space around. They are learning about their position in relation to other objects and develop an understanding of concepts such as distance and speed. Opportunities to develop the vestibular system (which controls balance and movement) will support muscle and core strength allowing children space confidently.

Give It a Go

Play silly games such as Simon Says, tag or stuck in the muck. Create an obstacle course. Try to include a variety of ways to move along the course. Jump, weave, crawl, climb up or in, spin, wriggle, go under and over, skip, tiptoe, roll. Put on some fun music and have a dance. 

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