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Using a familiar story like the Three Little Pigs is a great way to entertain your 2-year-old. At age 2, children's understanding of language increases. They begin to develop mental images to go along with stories you tell. They also begin counting and understanding cause and effect. By using the same story several times with different activities, you will promote all of these newly developing skills.
Finger puppets are a great way to promote dramatic play in toddlers. Help your child make his own finger puppets by drawing pictures of the three pigs and the wolf on construction paper. Wrap the construction paper around his finger and tape it closed. Alternatively, use paper bags to make hand puppets. Read the story aloud and help your child act out the parts of the pigs and the wolf with his puppets.
Using the three little pigs to learn to count is a great activity for a 2-year-old. Since most toddlers won't be able to count very high, counting to three works well. As you read each page of the story, ask your child to count how many pigs are in the picture. You can also ask her how many wolves she sees. Do this on every page to help her develop counting skills.
Blowing the House Down
At age 2, children begin to understand cause and effect. Help your child collect the materials used by the pigs to build their houses. Collect grass or straw, sticks and stones or bricks. You can also use blocks instead of stones. Help your child build a little structure from each material. Then have him try to blow each one down. He will enjoy building and will develop an understanding of cause and effect.
By this age your child can solve simple jigsaw puzzles. You can make one for her by drawing a picture or making a colour copy from the book and pasting it onto a sheet of cardboard. Try to find one with several of the characters, to act as visual cues as she puts the puzzle together. Cut the picture into large pieces, dividing the picture into no more than five or six pieces. Help your child reassemble the picture. Once you have done the puzzle with her, ask her to try it alone.
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