Care of Environment:

Feeding Pets

Description:

Children love to care for pets, if you have a dog, cat, or animal that requires feeding this can be a wonderful activity for your children to be involved with!

Materials:

A scoop or measuring cup, container of dry food, and a bowl.

Steps:

You can model this by showing them how to scoop, measure the food, and pour it into the bowl. 

Comments:

If you’d like this to be an independent! If you worry they may overfeed, you can put the dry food in a pre measured amount into a container. 

Add challenges:

If you choose to measure the amount of food before hand and put it into a container, you can make the container one that has to be opened by twisting so they have the opportunity to practice opening and closing as well.

 

Washing Windows 

Description:

Invite your child to help care for your home environment by washing windows! Toddlers love anything involving water, this activity is sure to be a hit! 

 

Materials:

Spray bottle, Small towel or sponge, a plastic bin or container, (optional: a squeegee)

Steps: 

You can demonstrate by spraying the window with water and drying it with a towel. Many of your children will be familiar with this activity so they may not need a demonstration.

Tips: 

Place a big towel on the ground below them so that the floor doesn’t get wet. They may want to spray the window a lot, if that’s the case you can remind them to dry it before spraying more.

If your child is oral with objects be sure to pick a spray bottle that doesn’t have a removable cap on the end. 

Extensions: 

  • You can invite them to wash the outdoor windows or glass doors.
  • Offer a tiny step stood or small ladder for them to climb to reach higher areas of the windows.
  • Use this activity for a different surface in the house that needs cleaning, like mirrors or even toys!

Plant watering

Description

Invite your child to help water plants outside! Toddlers love to help, this is a fun and exciting way for them to care for their outdoor environment. 

Goal

Water plants outside

Materials

A watering can and a bucket with water

Steps

Invite your child to help take care of the outdoor plants. Dip the watering can into the water and let them observe how it fills up with water, then slowly walk to the plants and pour the watering can. 

Comments

It may take a few times for your child to successfully aim the water at the plant, with practice they’ll get it though.

Tips

Ask your child to touch the ground near the stem of the plant to see if it is dry or wet. Tell them if it’s wet it might not need any more water, then ask them to find a plant that has dry ground around it.