Teach Prepositions to Toddlers using an Oatmeal Container!

right welcome I am Adriene and this is Erika and Julia and we are all speech-language pathologists and we work with children and today we are going to talk about this empty container and the reason we're talking about this is because there are so many things that come to all of our minds when we look at something simple like this and we think about ways that we can play with our toddlers to interact with them and have language skills developing and show them different concepts through just something as simple as this you don't have to get a fancy toy at Target that lights up and has you know the ABCs singing all the time and so this is much simpler and open-ended so there's so many things to do so today we'll focus on preposition so I'm going to do the word on air kids doing the word in and inside and Julia is gonna do the word around right and I also and speech pathologist as Adrian said but I'm also a mama the real live especially on a holiday is we love having that's real life right there right working mom and sometimes you schedule these things and you know you get a little age for this activity yeah use the age child that I love working with and so that's what this was fun and this was inspired by working with children this age so the way okay so physicians real quick our location and time word they describe where things are in time in space so on in around above below next to behind all those kind of words so we want to teach those to kids because they'll be able to describe things a lot better when they're able to connect words together using a preposition as kind of like glue it's cool verbs so the way that I would teach the board on using this is I would say put it on our head I put my head and say put it on your head without him you not to pick it and say see if they could drink oh it's a shoe let's put it on our foot you put it on your you say put it on your foot and so then if a copy you you can say oh it's on your foot let's take it off and then you could put it on your hand then you could hand it to them and have them do the same thing and then you could give it to them and say okay ready go put it on the couch and point to the couch give it to them and say go go go go go on the couch and then you could put it on the high chair on a pillow you could put it on the stairs anywhere that they're familiar with and so you can teach that kind of that preposition to then you can also take stickers and you can put them on the front you could put it on his face Oh put the dog on his face you could put it on the bottom you could put it on the top or you could put it inside which brings us to Erika's word so are we talking about inside yeah thanks you know one thing for all the parents out there prepositions are like Adrienne had said they can talk about location they could talk about space and they're kind of like these connecting words in language and they're really important because they're these descriptors for children so it gives them a good way to talk about something and describe and use their knowledge of location and space with that attachment of the word so I love all those examples Adrienne and on is one of the first prepositions that you'll see your kiddo use like shoes on or hat on right so that's one of the early yeah that's one of like the earlier occurring ones that you'll start to hear them saying what's that Julia you want to add to that you often can think in pairs with prepositions so it's on and also thinking about mom it's so easy Terry in the drawer yeah that's that's a great example teaching opposites is a great way to do it so you're probably wondering like when is my toddler even gonna start doing this stuff like what is an appropriate age and you know it's really great to get in a habit of talking to your kiddo even when they're super little you know like right out of the right out of the gates right out of the movie you can start using these prepositions so if you're if you're the mom of a young babe then use at them all the time if you've got an older toddler then using prepositions is something you can do during play like Adrienne had just said so love all those four on and I'm going to talk about in or inside obviously those are synonymous terms as a speech pathologist I tend to use inside more frequently and the reason for that is I find it to be a little bit more salient it's a little bit longer the word is just you can hear it better almost and a lot of kids will just shorten it in like I said the terms are synonymous so when I say in or inside I'm I really mean both but I'm gonna use inside because I try to get in the habit of using inside so just a little tip there okay so one of my all-time favorite developmental toys is a shape sorter so you can use an oatmeal container as a makeshift shape sorter which is super easy so you take the top of that and you can just cut little holes you can cut triangles square circles and you can just do up thanks Julia up include some different sizes too so not only can you talk about those the prepositions we're gonna do in and inside but you can even throw in some size concepts like big and little so make a makeshift shape sorter and you can really do the same thing with like a tissue box or whatever so you don't have a novela container it's you know meaner has a really good plastic you can put thing outside yeah yeah I mean we've got to be resourceful these are definitely things that we have is moms – right like a wife can see fingers tissue boxes oatmeal containers we've got these at home so no excuses there for this amazing super cheap and reliable twice okay so cut some holes on the top of your oatmeal container and you can start practicing putting things inside so this could be anything this can be spoons this can be blocks this can be toilet paper rolls this can be tissue so you can take those tissues crumple them up and start putting them inside push inside push the tissues inside I can't do it helped me push inside sold a lot of that repetition is a great way to kind of bombard your child in these prepositions and really be put them inside inside few things in there especially something that's a bit noisy shake it up shake it up and then you guys make it like is a great way so now that you've put everything inside the container you can open it up pour it out so inside and then out inside and out and you know a lot of times we see that kids can really do something again and again and again and this is one of those great activities because one of the best ways to teach babies and toddlers and kiddos how to talk is that repetition and again I also love giving a tip of really just being animated and be exaggerated and and when you're connecting with your child and the phones are kind of often to the side and you're just working on this really simple task of putting something on or putting something in and getting really jazzed about it your child is going to engage with you so you're gonna have a great opportunity for not only word learning but also a good memory maker so that's my spiel on inside love love love that idea about getting jazz Eric I think that's really important press as parents because that's when the kids are really learning yeah a little bit belt around absolutely so kind of build off what you guys said [Laughter] so what I love about prepositions is that they are more abstract concepts so a lot of times we have really concrete things like the names of things or an action that you can really see and are more tangible but there's so much about language and communication that's abstract and prepositions are all about the relationships between two different objects so the ball ball is in the box so it's relationships between things and I think that's so important because they're abstract and as you guys said a lot of them these words especially like on and off and inside and outside can develop pretty early with our kids and some of those first words so I love prepositions for that and so today I'm going to give you guys some ideas on idea of around would be probably a little bit later to developing preposition that we wanted to give you guys some ideas of early and maybe slightly more difficult preposition but a lot of the kids that I work with in my own little toddler you know that's bouncing around in the background active and I find that a lot of times using whole-body activities and can be really exciting you can really jazz up some kids as Erika said and so one thing that you can do is just set the oatmeal container or really you know as the other ladies were saying any container and you can around around you can skip around you didn't crawl around and you know really any action you can do around and we're excited a lot of times they're gonna stay with it as Erica was saying and the more repetition is how that learning really happens and and not how you love I love all those verbs too because and I mean not only is that an awesome gross motor sort of task for it but I love using verbs in language too cuz it's just I think that's really and using their their bodies to help explain that that's a great tip that's a really good idea and you can do it and I'm traditional word verbs like March March March America well yeah like you were saying skip and hop and things like that I love it absolutely you can also add music to it as well some kids hit up music and I'm a big fan seeing the old song and come up with something because it makes him laugh when things are similar like that you can I'll change the words to come in tune so for example if you want to do names the words to ring-around-the-rosie you can do something like ring around the oatmeal that's a really good idea and singing in language development is so great too so that's awesome really catchy and it can kind of stick in a kiddos brain on what words you're using great tips but if sometimes too much language just humming a familiar tune and always saying that we can do with it today I thought about you know running and this is kind of like a baton or like football and they can sing a turn okay so your turn we're gonna run around the bed and you can hold it in on the bed and then okay yours mommy okay I'm gonna run around the car and you can even you know take outside like sometimes that is just fun for kids to kind of get out of the house and you know especially how that its spring so yeah you want to show them let's see and the last thing we can do around you can talk about on body parts is that how about can you do around mommy's arm can you do it around these arm try it they need to be up and moving my camera is your arm around your belly and of course probably having to move around the whole room doing it and just making it fun those are awesome I love that so much one one thing that came to mind as we were talking earlier is I looked in my oatmeal container and I've used this before so there's some paint marks inside of it and so another activity you could talk about around is you could stick a piece of paper in here and this is just like a little example but you stick a piece of paper in and then you squeeze some paint inside and then put it in some marbles or some rocks that you have outside grass anything and then you put the lid on and then you have your child you can shake it around your head you could shake it around your head you could shake it around your belly and then at the end you can open it up and look inside use the word in and then pull it out and then you have a beautiful piece of art that's unique and something that's really sensory that they can hear you're shaking it and another memory like you were saying yep take away to set this is really again it's such a simple thing an oatmeal container is so simple and it really can be used for so many ages like you can use it with a one-year-old and just doing some really simple prepositions and maybe some verbs together like roll shake and then just talk about that but then like if the kid it was five doing those art projects and going and exploring that nature component and putting all sorts of different things inside and then like you said making you know making a memory I think it's great and it's really simple really affordable and I think all of us as parents can do it we can all do it and I just I just keep having things pop in my head to like you guys gonna have rubber band on my wrist my hair and we can around the container writing elastics and ribbon and tape right yep awesome yeah technological things pop into that like I think you could you could cut it might be kind of tricky but you could cut above lines and then when it opens up I would imagine it would look like a flower or something and so you could have like if you had a bunch of paint in here just plain then you could use the paint and then you could cut it and make it into the big flower do you know what I mean like you would cut yeah yeah yeah that's a great idea yeah and then you can you talk about other sorts of directional words like pull it once you do all the cutting like pulling it down so you bend the flower yeah and then that I used to go with marathon cups I'm coming Oh what were you thinking oh I'm sorry I was it I was just gonna say what I love about all of these ideas is there so you don't have to do a lot of prep work because as mom as a seeing a lot of kids you don't have to prepare things and do a bunch of stuff ahead of time you just get what you have on hand and I love I love I love that too and sometimes you'll have an idea in your head and then your child will run with it in a different direction and be like oh I didn't even think about that that's out like the best ideas come about because you're like oh that's so genius like let's do that and so I think being flexible and not having it be like a lesson plan okay first we're gonna run around and then we're gonna sing and so just like going with the flow taking their lead if they drop it down the stairs and it bounces you know you can teach them down down down down and that's another preposition so yeah and that's the thing about like that whole play based concept like a lot of times we talk about the play based and we think oh well play as long as I'm playing then it's it's play base but play based really means the child takes that direction like we just have a few ideas but we have to we have to follow their lead so that's really how kids learn so they're using their creativity they're using their minds to explore and we're just giving them all that language and that language rich environment to give them that stimulation to be like yes we're gonna add all of this cognitive stuff that you guys are driving up and we're gonna add this language too and that's how they learn that's really that's a look at its best right there yeah I think that's true I think that's so true and I want to add to do that real play isn't about learning but learning is the natural outcome of play but we don't you know real true play isn't about we're gonna learn x5 but as therapists and moms all these opportunities as long as it's fun I love that that is the natural outcome but not something you know play isn't about feeling tested and feeling like we're asking the child a bunch of questions like where is it where is it where is it put it in and there's not you know keeping it fun and keeping it light and exciting and as you guys were saying being flexible and I think that's just and it's such an important not only language but just a lifestyle and if we're modeling ability and how we play and going with the flow then the kids going to learn that naturally well said that I said awesome out and on for sure that is yeah love it well so what we can do now is we can take any questions I see that we have people watching live and so if you're watching and you have a question for us at the bottom righthand if you're on your computer you can send us a message and you could do it you can type the /and in a capital Q and then type a question if you have any questions for us and you know I think one of the things to think it's not just maybe no mail container you can use a lot of these activities with whatever else you have like a paper towel roll or a toilet paper roll or yeah risotto rice containers so like all of this stuff is applicable again like using prepositions or any sort of vessel any container that you have is really is just it still does the same trick so yeah I also love your random thing but there's a type of gelato in the grocery store called cilenti and it comes in a plastic did you know yes of course I know it not only do you get a treat my and you know we get this delicious treat but the tool in gelato containers are really durable and they're the perfect size even for crayons and the lids screw on it's just a great another vessel that if you already have it any way to use it it's a great another great vessel my husband always knows to ask me before throwing away any kind of containers now because like I hang on to everything because I can use it for so many different things and yeah especially in speech therapy sessions it's bring in a different container it's like a whole different day it's a whole different kind of you can do and so he's always like can I throw this away or do you need it so true and it's so true it's like you know and we joke when you say like you know that big box arrives I shopped a lot on Amazon that big Amazon Serrat and it's like head box is here right and remorse event after day or two it goes away but like these kinds of really simple toys or how do you get your kid to talk it's really just about that engagement there's no big secret it's about engaging it's about being present and just using some of that really language rich stuff like prepositions verbs all that that helps your kiddo talk and apparently knowing knowing each individual child because being active and big and big playful movements and running around may be exciting for one child but that may be another child and so therapist that's our jobs this is motivating this child and also my Julianna and for those moms out there who have more than one kid you may see that that's rude for different personalities of your own children so we all know that each kiddos and individual and it's absolutely the case really and I think the interaction piece is so important like you both were saying sometimes parents will ask me what's a good language learning app for my child to use on my phone or iPad and I'm like well the best app is you like you as a person as a parent are the number one way that your child is going to learn language they can learn things from apps yes but they're going to learn how to talk interact react they're going to learn emotions facial expressions from you and from watching you and what you're modeling for them so they're picking up like sponges things that you're saying though when you're intentional about the things that you say and you know using prepositions can help build their language then just think okay what kind of prepositions can we work on and we'll just Google a list of prepositions and online and print it out and just kind of go through and be like okay well today we can talk about aunts so just every time you think about something that you're doing and interacting just use the word on with it and you'll find that you can use it in a lot throughout the day so they might pick on pick up on it really quickly so I guess we don't have any violence but thank you everybody for tuning in yes thanks for watching and yeah questions you know if you guys have ideas of hey what would you do with this object I have this object lying around we love the challenge and the idea of how to use certain things that you guys so true and you can find each of us from Twitter we all I think have our websites linked up julia has an awesome instrument page where I'm always getting ideas for different activities and I just love how you post what you're doing in therapy and inspire your videos and Erica's blog you guys both have some awesome content so yeah it's always good I mean you can never have enough bags in your Trek I think as a mom myself then as a therapist there's just you know there's always that opportunity you're like I've forgot a tire I'm at this restaurant and I have to entertain you for the next whatever amount of minutes how are we gonna do it well we're gonna use this straw wrapper you know it's great to kind of keep your ideas fresh and rolling and I think that for me Julia and Adrian are our great resources so definitely check them out and you know thanks guys thanks for everything thanks for coming in yeah this collection

11 thoughts on “Teach Prepositions to Toddlers using an Oatmeal Container!”

  1. Hello my daughter is 2.5 year old still she is not talking because at home we talk 3 languages!! Any tips ?

  2. Thank you so much for these helpful videos.
    Q. how can I teach my toddler to sit with me coz she runs away she just do what she wants to, how to make her sit and listen and pay attention what I say to her.
    she is 2.9 and she has difficulty to talk and express.

  3. Am learning a lot by just watching your videos, I will be with my grand baby in few more days, you give me many ideas. Thanks

  4. I am so glad I came across your channel. This came at a perfect time when I am considering what toys to use to facilitate early learning for my little guy. My 10 -month old is so curious and active, and I want to channel that enthusiasm into a lifelong love of learning. I came across the Montessori method, which was so overwhelming financially. What you are sharing is so much more doable! Thank you so much for your videos. This has the wheels turning in my head now…

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