Simple Activities for Toddlers: A Practical Play-At-Home Handbook for Parents by Lisa Forsythe

Back in March, I wrote a blog post about Crackle and Pop! Bible Science Experiments by Hanna Holwerda. Crackle and Pop! is a fun collection of STEM and science activities that parents and teachers could use with their students. In today's guest post, author Lisa Forsythe tells us about her new book Simple Activities for Toddlers. Simple Activities for Toddlers is another fun collection of activities parents and teachers need to know about. It is packed full of crafts, games, STEM activities, and other fun ideas. Keep reading to learn about Simple Activities for Toddlers and how it can be a tremendous resource for parents... and teachers... of our littlest learners!

Simple Activities fSimple Activities for Toddlers by Lisa Forsythe is a terrific resource for parents & teachers of toddlers and preschoolers. Games, crafts, STEM & moreor Toddlers: A Practical Play-At-Home Handbook for Parents by Lisa Forsythe

This is a guest post written by Lisa Forsythe, author of Simple Activities for Toddlers. To learn more about guest posts, please visit the Authors, Publishers, and Sponsors page. Disclosure: Affiliate links to Amazon are included in this post.

Simple Activities for Toddlers by Lisa Forsythe

Harness the power of play to create beautiful life-long memories with your child. Having fun with your child while focussing on developing their fundamental skills, using resources you already have at home is a great place to start.

Through play, you become an active role model for your toddler. If you are not the world’s greatest crafter, scientist, and so on, it is still worth taking the time to do some projects with your kids, teaching them that you are willing to give it go. You are showing them it is okay to try something new, and potentially even fail. Play is one of the most important aspects of a child’s life; play is how they learn.

A Sneak Peek Inside Simple Activities for Toddlers

Here are two complete activities that you can try at home:

Simple Activities for Toddlers: A Practical Play-At-Home Handbook for Parents by Lisa Forsythe
Beautiful Butterfly Craft

Simple Activities for Toddlers: A Practical Play-At-Home Handbook for Parents by Lisa Forsythe
Super Salt Painting

Simple Activities for Toddlers includes 60 high-quality activities that are open-ended, so it means that each time your toddler engages with the activity they can discover something new.

Another way to play is all about reusing the same activity to teach a different skill or concept with minimal preparation required, thus saving you time, resources and space.

The activities strive for the holistic development of your child. The five key elements are:
  • Physical development – growing and developing gross and fine motor skills
  • Social skills – interacting and communicating with others
  • Emotional development –identifying and learning about feelings
  • Intellectual development – cognitive, creativity, and acquiring skills for learning
  • Environmental values – engaging with nature and concepts of reusing/upcycling

Keeping in mind the holistic development principles, these activities were curated to target vital foundational skills that toddlers need to develop. These skills are essential for children to learn before engaging with more complex concepts and understandings in the future. You can use the analogy of a house-- you need to start with the foundation and build upon that. In other words, without these foundational skills, reciting numbers and letters becomes just a matter of memorization that does not hold any value.

About the Author

Author of Simple Activities for Toddlers Lisa Forsythe

Lisa Forsythe is the author of the multi-award-winning book Simple Activities for Toddlers: A Practical Play-At-Home Handbook for Parents. Her book has won Literary Titan and BizzieBaby Gold awards and lots of positive reviews.

Lisa is an Australian who resides in Spain with her husband and son. Caring for her toddler Thomas, throughout the pandemic, gave her the inspiration to create @simpletoddleractivites on Instagram to offer other parents activity ideas. Creating and contributing to an online community gave her a sense of purpose during these challenging times. It ultimately led her to write her debut book.

Lisa is an educator who is on a mission to ensure all children have equitable access to quality education. You can access many ideas that develop your child´s foundational skills on her website These fun activities create opportunities for you to bond with your child and make beautiful life-long memories.

Lisa is a co-author of an enlightening and empowering new book called, The Parenting Odyssey: Trials, Treasures, and Triumphs of Parenting in a Pandemic. It launches on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. This book features heartfelt testimonies from parents around the world recounting the trials, transitions, and revelations they encountered as their families and communities contended with the emergence of COVID-19.

About Simple Activities for Toddlers

🍎 Author Summary: Do you find yourself repeating the same activities with your toddler and are looking for new innovative ideas on how to keep them amused whilst making learning fun? If so, Lisa and Thomas have lots of great ideas to help you.

The activities in this book are of high educational quality that maximize the best use of your time, resources, and space. These play-based activities help your child thrive and ensure that they get a head start in life. All the activities have been ´toddler approved´ or field-tested by Thomas.

The activities predominately require things like recyclables, household items, and common craft supplies; so, saving you money whilst being kind to the environment. There is a range of activities from sensory play, imaginative play, STEAM, crafts, and games. They spark curiosity, enjoyment, motivation, deep learning, and creativity. The hard work of planning and ensuring that your toddler is equipped with the foundational skills they need for life has been done for you.

🍎 Author: Lisa Forsythe
🍎 Photos: Nuno Perestrelo
🍎 Publisher: self-published
🍎 Date: March 13, 2021
🍎 Pages: 158

Simple Activities for Toddlers: A Practical Play-At-Home Handbook for Parents by Lisa Forsythe

Literary Titan: Editorial Review

“This book is a gold mine for things to do on weekends and rainy days. I was especially taken with the format of the activities. Forsythe leaves no parent guessing–she lays out every activity in very simple terms, includes easy-to-access materials, and shows it all in lovely photographs that further excite kids as well as adults.

As a teacher, I can’t say enough about Forsythe’s attention to detail with reading, math, and writing skills. The more parents and caregivers can do at home with toddlers, the better off their children will be once they start kindergarten. These activities are rich with opportunities for little ones to practice those skills side by side with their parents–and none of it will feel like work to the toddlers.”

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