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Friday, June 2, 2017

Finding the Right Transition Activities for Infants and Toddlers

Finding the right transition activities for infants and toddlers is an important matter, especially if you are running a day care or a preschool. Infants and toddlers are basically hard to get organized. They get bored easily and making the leap from one activity to another activity can be tricky. Transition time is inevitable. That is why you need to find the right transition activities for infants and toddlers so that they do not make problems during the transition time and changing from one activity to another activity can be done quite easily. Below are some of the transition activities for them to try:

1.     Puppet Play Activity
The point of the transition time activity is getting the toddlers’ attentions so that they will not wandering around and making problems. To gain their attentions, puppet play works the best. All you need to do is pulling out a couple of puppets and have a little puppet show for the toddlers. They will sit down quietly and listen to as you move the puppet around. You can make the story line as fun as possible and involve the toddlers as much as possible in the puppet show. You can ask the toddlers to pick a name for the characters and sing along with the puppets. Using puppet show or puppet play to kill the transition time will not be that hard at all.

2.     Singing Songs and Rhymes
Toddlers love singing, especially the one with cheerful movements and hand clapping. You can turn transition time into song time. It will surely minimize the possibility of the transition time being chaotic. Choose the songs that are known to the toddlers so that they can easily enjoy the singing activity. Beside of that, choose the song that incorporates them picking up the toys from the floor and put them back into its toy box or something. It will surely kill the transition time and the toddlers will not get bored and seek for attention. If you have instruments in the classroom, you can also use them to make the singing time more fun and exciting for the toddlers.

3.     Countdown Rules
Making the toddlers to move from one activity to another activity is tricky. That is why it is important for you to give warning to the toddlers when it is time to switch from one activity to another activity. This warning is going to give them a moment to prepare themselves for the next activity and make them less shocking. You can do a simple countdown rules. You can announce to the toddlers that a new activity is coming in five minutes. Then announce it again that the new activity is coming in two minutes. Turn the last 10 seconds as a countdown, like New Year’s countdown. The toddlers will get excited for sure and less shocking to move from one activity to another activity.

4.     Movement Signals
The point of transition activity is separating the toddlers from their current activities so that they will not get shocked when the next activity is coming and they have to leave what they are currently doing. Thus, the only thing they need is a distraction. You can distract them by creating a sort of activity involving stomps and claps. You can ask everyone in the classroom to move to the center and do activity with stomping feet and clapping hands. Say for example you can simply say: stomp, stomp, stomp, lunchtime is coming, stomp, stomp, stomp, while stomping your feet. Ask the toddlers to copy you. When the actual lunchtime is coming, they will not get shocked because you have told them before through the stomping activity.

5.     Chanting the Next Activity
To distract the toddlers from what they are currently doing, you need to get their attention as quick as possible. Chanting can be a great way because chanting is a kind of ear-catching. You can chant the next activity over and over again to get the attention. Say for example, you can chant “It’s time to go outside and play” over and over again and ask everyone to say that as well. They will actually know that it is time to leave the classroom, go outside, and play outside. There will be no tantrum at all because they are basically mentally prepared for that.

Those are several transition activities for infants and toddlers you can practice in the classroom. Basically, the point of those activities is making the toddlers aware that they are about to move to the next activity. Sometimes, they are too focused on doing what they are currently doing so that moving on to the next activity is hard. That is why you need to distract them. You need to make sure that they are all happy when the next activity begins. Those transition activities for infants and toddlers will help you to do so.

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