Animal Line-up Activity – Busy Toddler

Do you might have a child who likes to line issues up? Do that animal line-up exercise and invite them to make their meticulous units into parades. This fast and straightforward exercise concepts is ideal for imaginary play and superb motor abilities to develop.

A child leans over a line of painter's tape to delicately place a small toy animal into a line-up

Why let youngsters make an animal line-up?

I got here up with this concept for my daughter.

She likes precision.

She likes order.

She likes her toys to be meticulously lined up and the persistence it takes for her to create her (usually) elaborate set ups is one thing for the ages.

With a rising assortment of small sized animal toys (starting from fancy to Paw Patrols to Hatchimals), she had a ball with this huge animal line-up. I knew that I might seize her love of tiny toys and lining them up with the assistance of some painter’s tape.

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Keep in mind – actions don’t must be fancy

There’s a rumor floating round early childhood that youngsters want difficult exercise.

That they want elaborate “Pinterest-worthy” tasks to move the time.

They don’t.

Children want play, and when play stalls out: they want fast and straightforward set-ups that may work as a form of catalyst into play.

Play begets play.

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A child places animal toys onto strips of blue tape in her family room.

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Couple of notes: Painter’s tape will not be protected for hardwood flooring so verify your house earlier than you utilize it.

Additionally talking of painter’s tape, I purchase painter’s tape in bulk and it’s tremendous low cost that method. It’s also possible to use every other colourful tape you personal (painter’s tape is my most used tape from my master list of supplies).

You should utilize any toys you might have for this exercise. Possibly is a visitors jam. Possibly it’s a practice observe. Possibly it’s a stuffy parade.

A child places Hatchimal toys onto a strip of blue tape. There are more animals on tape strips behind her.

The set-up

I used painter’s tape to make my animal line-up.

I taped off varied traces on our carpet and had my daughter (4.5) start gathering her animals. We grabbed a bunch of small toys that aren’t at all times performed collectively. These are toys which can be in different rooms from one another and don’t mingle continuously.

Having the toys grouped collectively this “new” method was a significant catalyst to her play.

RELATED: Is your little one scuffling with unbiased play? Try my article on help kids develop their play skills.

How making an animal line-up helped

After a morning of typically butting heads together with her brother, this was the right quiet and solo exercise for my 4 12 months previous.

She’s not simply mindlessly lining up animals on strips of tape. Belief me – she’s doing a lot extra.

She’s speaking to the animals, telling tales with them, making their lives and a part of her life, and alluring them to be actual.

This exercise grew to become her unbiased play.

I arrange an exercise. She turned it into one thing even higher: play.

About an hour later… her little brother needed to play with the animal line-up.

So he grabbed out his vehicles and began utilizing the animal line-up tape as a highway method. I’m not shocked: I arrange the same exercise for him final summer season. His very personal “traffic jam.”

He used the tape to drive up and down the household room – once more, this was an exercise transitioning into a lot extra. Play. The very best type of studying and work {that a} little one can do.

A child places toys onto a strip of blue tape. There are more animals on tape strips behind her.

What do youngsters be taught when enjoying with an animal line-up?

This exercise is wealthy with studying and alternatives to develop abilities. I really like every little thing a toddler is studying in a second of play. It appears to be like so easy (play), however it’s so advanced:

  • Imaginary play abilities: creating story traces to anchor play
  • Fine motor skills: engaged on placement with small hand actions
  • Cross the mid-line: grabbing toys and putting them take stability and management
  • Motor planning: deciding place toys and punctiliously doing so
  • Math abilities: noticing sizes of objects compared to others

Keep in mind: we don’t have to justify enjoyable with what a toddler is studying, however it’s vital to see how way more they’re studying in a play second like this than with a workbook or flashcard.

Continuously Requested Query

What age is that this exercise for?

Will depend on the kid greater than the age. My oldest would by no means like an exercise like this, so I’ve by no means made it for him. My daughter began making set-ups of animals round age two. On this put up, she’s 4 and my son was 3 (and lining up his vehicles). Take into account the kid greater than their age.

What if you happen to don’t have animals?

Attempt utilizing vehicles or blocks for this exercise. Stuffed animals additionally work rather well.

My child would simply pull up the tape.

Properly, that’s an exercise too!! However somewhat than assuming the worst from youngsters, I like to provide them the advantage of the doubt. I additionally give boundaries and inform them once they’ll get to do one thing: “we’re going to use the tape for some time after which I’ll let when you may pull it up.” Understanding they’ll get to do one thing is the important thing. Head them off on the move. Don’t play from behind.

Susie Allison, M. Ed

Proprietor, Creator

Susie Allison is the creator of Busy Toddler and has greater than 2 million followers on Instagram. A former instructor and early childhood schooling advocate, Susie’s parenting guide “Busy Toddler’s Guide to Actual Parenting” is on the market on Amazon.

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