Those mundane daily chores parents endure are stimulating learning opportunities for toddlers. A trip to the supermarket offers a rich educational experience including exciting sights, sounds, and touch. Let toddlers finger the items you are buying, especially those with unusual textures and smells. Show them the colorful boxes, cans, and bottles as you place them in your cart.
Parents are cautioned not to overload their young children with too many learning activities though. "Don't try to cram all your errands into one day," says Dr. Speaks-Folds. "Toddlers tend to stress out when adults don't pay attention to their schedule needs. Block out the day into active, quiet, active, quiet."