Category: Toddler Upbringing

Oi Playschool – Your toddler’s growing up partner

Published on May 15, 2017


As a parent you’ll always want the best for your child, especially when the little one is stepping out into the world for the first time -starting with Playgroup, Nursery to Kindergarten.

There are several questions that run through one’s mind about various factors right from the curriculum (if any), to the safety, the staff etc.

Here’s a unique playschool situated out of Hyderabad and Bangalore that attempts to give every parent a chance to give their child the best what childhood has to offer.

Mr. Naga Prasad Tummala, Chairman Oi Playschool

The Lifestyle Portal had a chance to understand the visions and dreams behind launching Oi Playschools under the leadership of Mr. Naga Prasad, Mr. Rajashekhar and Mr. Naveen D’souza, Business Head who takes care of the entire business of Oi Playschool.

How did it all begin?

Oi Playschool Initiatives was co-founded in 2010 by Chairman Mr. Naga Prasad Tummala and Managing Director Mr. Rajsekhar Yarlagadda. People Combine, a group that has pioneered and redefined the way education is perceived in India boasts of five Oakridge International Schools pan India, two Westberry Schools and 50+ Oi Playschools. Its strong roots of origin come from the house of Oakridge, the first IB School in Andhra Pradesh and one of the leading International Schools in Asia and keeping this vision in mind the Oi Playschool was launched in 2010 December with its flagship centre at Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.

Mr. Y V Rajasekhar, MD Oi Playschool

“With an aim of creating a difference in India’s early childhood education, Oi Playschool started in the year 2010 with just one school in Hyderabad. Later Oi Playschool has spread its wings to multiple cities winning the title of being one of the Fastest Growing Playschool Chain in India. Currently, Oi Playschool has over 50 centres in Hyderabad and Bangalore. In fact, we were also awarded the “Preschool of the year – South” by Indian Education Awards 2017 during the 7th National Awards in Excellence in Education held in New Delhi,” mentions Mr. Naveen Dsouza, Business Head of Oi.

What makes Oi Playschool unique?

Their curriculum is designed on the developmental philosophies of Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson and Lev Vygotsky based on the principles of development of children. The curriculum includes the elements of Piaget who was known for his revolutionary work in child development, Erikson’s ‘psycho-social development consisting of eight stages from infancy to adulthood’ with Vygotsky’s ‘socio-cultural approach to cognitive development’.

Learning the ropes of theatre and dramatics. Photo courtesy: Oi Playschool

“With a patented curriculum- ‘SPARKZ’ it consists of an in-class experiential learning methodology leading to an overall child development. Not only that, Oi Playschool also boasts of the best Student-Teacher ratio in the Preschool Education space. We also encourage extensive parent interaction and involvement thus making them effective partners in learning.” explains Mr. Naveen Dsouza.

Apart from factors such as being awarded as the safest school (in the Jubilee Hills centre), Oi Playschool is known to give the highest priority for safety and hygiene. Apart from that, they also regularly host an exclusive ‘Oi Expert Talk Series’- a video series with experts on various topics that are related to the pre-schoolers which are of great help to young parents.

The school premises also boasts of a children friendly centre, with ample ventilation, high standards of hygiene with all centres secured with security and 24×7 CCTV surveillance.

Wide open rooms, ample place for little ones to play and learn. Photo courtesy: Oi Playschool

Curriculum followed at Oi Playschool

Oi School believes in the phrase ‘brains are built, not born’ coined by Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., Professor of Paediatrics at Harvard Medical School, which further helped them develop a unique curriculum called’ ‘SPARKZ’ created by their team of R&D experts.

Ms. Adilakshmi Chintalapati who is Head of Pre-Primary curriculum, People Combine Group states, “Oi’s uniquely designed curriculum is delivered through a strong teaching methodology, which primarily focuses on experiential learning where children participate in activities, instead of merely reading about them. Our activities correlate with ‘Multiple Intelligences’ of the Howard Gardner a renowned development psychologist. It is through SPARKZ, we inculcate the ‘Love for Learning’ in each child especially during their most crucial years which acts as the precursor for maximum brain development in a child.”

She further explains how SPARKZ can be visualised as the centre where the child is standing, the eight spokes of the wheel are the learning outcomes and the four spokes in the outer ring are the facilitators in Infrastructure, Technology, Teachers and Parent Partnership. The eight major learning outcomes; Musical perception, Earth Science, Visual Arts, Life Skills, Numeracy Skills, Literacy Skills, Assessment and Value Education.

Can learning be any more fun? Photo courtesy: Oi Playschool

As we’re aware that 90% of a child’s brain development takes place in the first 2000 days from birth, which means that the brain is not completely developed at the time of birth. While most of the cells are there, but the connections – the wiring that forms the architecture is yet to be formed; and to form these connections, every experience that a child goes through forms a neural connection in the brain. These connections are called ‘synapses’ that form very rapidly in the early years at a rate of 700 synapses per second.

What Oi Playschool feels that the experiences and environment that is offered to the child will determine how these connections (wiring) are formed in children – which further provides a strong or a weak foundation for all future health and learning. Hence SPARKZ as a curriculum and teaching are based on this research -where their experiential teaching aims to create realistic, interactive and sensory stimulating learning experiences for the child. Hence this kind of learning works for almost every kind of learner be it visual, auditory or kinesthetic.

Learning by doing. Photo courtesy: Oi Playschool

How does SPARKZ fill in the gap in the present day education system?

Oi Playschool has designed a unique approach towards learning, addressing the need to identify, nurture and support individuality and talent, in an atmosphere that feeds the child’s intelligence, fuels their passion, and nourishes their mind.

“At Oi Playschool we understand that our Experiential Teaching Methodology aims to create realistic, interactive and sensory stimulating learning experiences for the child. So we don’t just talk about farm animals from the book but have a farm party with live animals, wherein children can experience the learning real-time”, explains Ms. Seshulatha Kodali, Head of Academics at Oi Playschool.

As the curriculum is child centric and research oriented evolving along with the current changing needs of the kids, there is a space provided for innovation, various learning spaces created that stimulate the child’s brain which in turn leads to the holistic development of the child. At Oi every child is prepared to be a lifelong learner by fostering confidence and individual approach to a child’s learning.

Programs on offer at Oi Playschool

Each program has specific age criteria such as:

  • Baby bloom (6 -18 months)
  • Toddler (1.5 – 2.5 yrs)
  • Nursery (2.5 – 3.5 yrs)
  • PP1 (3.5 – 4.5 yrs)
  • PP2 & (4.5 – 5.5 yrs)
  • Beyond The Bell (2 – 12 yrs)

Apart from this, a formal observation is done by the teachers and the centre manager which further helps the child in developing age-appropriate social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development.

Display of talent. Photo courtesy: Oi Playschool

High standards of safety & security

“At Oi Playschool safety is a top priority where care is taken that our teachers and staff ensure safety at the premises by creating a safe and healthy environment that allows children to learn without boundaries – creating a world of endless possibilities for themselves,” adds Mr. Naveen Dsouza.

Some of the following safety and precautionary measures held in the premises are:

  1. All teachers are trained in first aid. Regular monitoring the health of the children during their day spent at the class.
  2. All campus, toys and other materials are disinfected on a daily basis with safe, non-toxic cleaning products. These products are locked away safely out of the reach of children.
  3. Children are encouraged to wash their hands several times throughout the day. They make learning about health and hygiene fun through songs and rhymes.
  4. Apart from 24×7 CCTV surveillance, there is always a lady security guard during the day time and a male guard at night.
  5. No outsider is allowed to enter the premises and the children are not allowed to leave the premises unless accompanied by an adult.
  6. Fire Management System
  7. Adequate Medical Assistance
  8. No child will be handed over to any unknown person without written authorization and proper identification.
  9. Access to all classrooms is monitored and controlled to ensure security at preschool.
  10. Their campuses have age-appropriate, high-quality playground equipment that is safe and kid tested.

A cozy nook for the growing up years. Photo courtesy: Oi Playschool

A typical day in school

With a healthy 1:8 adult-child ratio, a typical day at Oi School goes like this:

  1. 09.00 AM Free Choice & Assembly
  2. 09.30 AM Circle Time
  3. 10.00 AM Literacy Time
  4. 10.30 AM Snack Break
  5. 11.00 AM Theme Time
  6. 11.30 AM Numeracy Time
  7. 12.00 PM Technology-based learning
  8. 12.00 PM Specialist Activities- Music/Dance
  9. 12.30 PM Outdoor Play / Story Time
  10. 13.00 PM Reflection time

Hyderabad, Bangalore and beyond

“We are headquartered at Hyderabad and we started expansion from Hyderabad. Parents in both the cities have appreciated our approach thus within a short duration we were able to open multiple centres with required standards. We have created a systematic graduation process from Oi to Oakridge in these two cities wherein 3 Oakridge campuses are present. This would enable the parents to get hassle free K12 admission wherein the quality education of highest standard is assured,” mentions Mr. Naveen Dsouza.

Creating memorable learning experiences. Photo courtesy: Oi Playschool

What Oi Playschool Parents have to say

Parent of Visruth (Daycare), Oi HSR layout: “We have observed a lot of improvement in Visruth. Thanks for the involvement. He was very happy about Balloon painting. He also performs some dance and most of the time speak about teachers. Hope he will enjoy in Day Care with your support and guidance.

Parents of Aarav -Oi Manikonda: “A year ago, when we admitted Aarav into Oi, as a parent we had a lot of anxiety and apprehension on our decision of choosing the right school. Over time we had seen a huge improvement in Aaarav. Thank you Oi for all your effort and patience. With your presence, we are assured that our son is in safe hands.”

Where learning goes beyond the four walls of a classroom. Photo courtesy: Oi Playschool

Future plans at Oi Playschool

Mr. Naveen Dsouza signs off by saying, “At Oi innovation is the order of the day. We continuously innovate and develop new programs, which would make learning more fun. We always are one step ahead in safety and hygiene and we continue to set new standards in the same. We as a brand have received an overwhelming appreciating response online and offline, that encourages us to continue to expand in Bengaluru and Hyderabad and in other cities as well in the near future.”

7 Ways to Teach your Toddler to Share

Published on May 9, 2017


If I want it, its mine

If I give it to you and change my mind later,

It’s mine

If I can take it away from you, its mine.

If I had it a while ago, its mine.

If its mine, it will never belong to anyone

else no matter what.

If we are building something together,

All the pieces are mine.

If it looks just like mine, it is mine.

This appeared in the Syndicate Weekly newspaper article ‘Families Today’ by T Berry Brazelton and is a humorous reminder of normal toddler behavior.

“No! That’s mine” your pre-schooler yells at his playmate when his favorite toy is grabbed from him. Not only do they call their own stuff “mine,” every other thing that is liked by a pal also becomes ‘’mine’’. Difficulty in sharing is a common behavior for toddlers that can be learned by using few simple techniques.

1. Start young

The first step in sharing is to learn to take turns. This practice can be inculcated from the time your child reaches out for an object. You can start having playdates with your child wherein you can teach sharing by passing the object back and forth while saying ‘my turn, your turn.’

2. Balance sharing

The best way to get your tot to share is to respect your tot’s things. You can strike this balance by keeping some things only for him/her and asking permission before you use anything that belongs to him. This will definitely assure him/her that his toys will not be mishandled and it will let him to trust you to give his share or turn.

3. Make it exciting

Toddlers love it when you look excited to do something and they are likely to repeat the action to see your excitement. Play games with your toddler and pre-schooler that involves sharing and turn-taking. For instance, do puzzles, build blocks, plant the garden and give him/her things to share with friends.

4. Make sharing more concrete

While pre-schoolers are just learning to share things with friends, the concept is very abstract for toddlers. Know that sharing is learnt over time as children’s social emotional and cognitive development increases. What you can do is start focussing on reinforcement when your toddler shares anything during his/her play.

5. Use descriptive praise

When your child does share and take turns, make sure you praise the good behaviour. Always use phrases that suggests, sharing brings happiness. Give concrete details of what the child did and how it made you proud. Such reinforcement will help the child remember the acts and not just the praise.

6. Don’t punish doggedness/stinginess

Remember pre-schoolers are impulsive and they don’t have grasp of time. So waiting for his/her turn to play with his coveted toy is frustrating for him/her. You will have to handle such behaviour patiently and by using positive reinforcement rather than admonishment. Forcing to share something when he/she is really not ready to give up, will only leave the child in resentment.

7. Homespun values

The seeds of good values are sown right from the childhood. Display acts of generosity now and then. You can do this by pointing out good sharing in others and most importantly leading by your own example.

Toddlers, preschoolers and battling monster fears

Published on January 18, 2017


It’s normal for young children to be fearful, particularly of the nigh-time. 50% of the children of the age group 3-6 year are affected by fears. Toddlers and preschoolers are commonly fearful of the dark, dogs, meeting new people etc. This is because they see these figures as frightening. Know that your child has to go through this anxiety to cope up with these new experiences. Most of your child’s fears will fade as he/she is better able to distinguish between reality and fantasy.

Tips to help your child battle monster fear:

  1. Acknowledge your child’s fears. Toddlers often become scared of the dark when they imagine scary figures. If he/she is scared to sleep in the dark room, find out what’s really scaring your child. Hold your child’s hand and look around if there is something casting a scary shadow or making noise in the room. Don’t dismiss or laugh at him/her.
  2. Be your kid’s no.1 fear-fighter. If your child is afraid, reassure him/her that you are there to protect him. Communicate to your child that he/she is in a safe place.
  3. Be aware of what your toddler is exposed to. Young children are highly active in imagination henceforth the threatening figures they are exposed to on television is mixed with the reality. Some children’s movies and stories are filled with monsters outrageously misrepresented. So choose what you are watching wisely.
  4. Don’t use the scare tactic. Using monster as a threaten to make your child obey you will make the matter worse
  5. Storytelling as a therapeutic tool. At bed-time engage your preschooler in some non-terrifying stories which will shift his/her attention to a good bed-time imagination.
  6. Add some light. Have a dim night-light in your child’s bedroom so it’s not totally dark. Alternately leaving the bedroom door open so your child is able to see other rooms and some light in the hall makes him/her feels secured.
  7. Explain and explore. Expose children to shows/storylines which ends with making friends with monsters or conquering the monster. This will help your child change his/her attitude towards the monsters. Art is also an amazing communication tool. Your child’s preschool can be really helpful to make friendly version crafts of monsters seeing which the child will feel braver.
  8. Pretend play. Pre-schoolers are often able to overcome anxiety by pretend playing with friends. If your child is terrified of monsters, try role-playing Halloween which will be fun rather than frightening. Letting the child dress up as monster and creating a goofy set up around where he/she gets to see his/her friends as ‘not-so-scary’ monsters, will help him/her feel empowered. The whole experience will make the child believe that monsters can’t harm you.
  9. Banish bed-time fears by giving a comfort object. Both toddlers and pre-schoolers can get a great deal of comfort with a security object; be it a blanket or a toy. Let your child clutch the comfort toy while sleeping so he/she feels relaxed throughout the night.
  10. Be a role model. As parent you need to be mindful of the message you are sending to your child by your actions. If your child sees you becoming afraid of something he/she’s likely to feel scared of the same thing. What you can do instead is confess your fear and tell her how you learned to overcome it.

Signing with your toddler’s initial language skills

Published on October 28, 2016


Language and communication skills are critical to a child’s development. As we all are well aware that 90 % of the brain development happens during the first 2000 days ie first five years of the child’s life; during this period every experience (physical, emotional, social) that the child goes through helps in stimulation of language development (resulting in formation of both expressive and receptions functions). When there is no proper stimulation during this time, it could result in a child making slower progress in language skills and can result in weak communication skills.

Things parents can do to stimulate language development in toddlers and pre-schoolers:

  • Respond to your tot’s vocalizations.
  • Talk to your baby using sign language.
  • Name things while they see the things you point.
  • Use exaggerated voice when you describe things. Your tone should also express the feeling with which you are talking.
  • Foster your child by singing rhymes and jingles. The rhythm, repetition and rhyme play an essential role in developing phonological awareness.
  • Use melodies to communicate things like ‘time to wake up’ ‘we are back to home’ ‘let’s go to school’ etc.
  • Read story books. This will help your child become familiar with sounds, words and language.
  • Initiate conversations with your child while he watches an episode. Relate the episode events to his/her activities.
  • Make up your own stories along with your child. Telling stories and singing songs also help your child develop early literacy skills and it sparks your child’s imagination. Make sure it is interactive.
  • Gradually introduce more vocabulary to your child’s communication.
  • Always give expanded information about things they see and how they feel. Give a broader picture of every small thing around.
  • Ask your child to describe/explain things to you. Ask questions to trigger their curiosity.

TODDLER PLAY DATE. THINK EFFORTLESS?

Published on October 14, 2016


Knowing that you have to go to meet your child’s teacher may make you feel anxious. You may wonder what to expect from the school, and what is expected of you. Parent-teacher conferences are actually an incredibly important part of your child’s preschool experience. It is important to consult with your child’s teacher about academics, social and emotional development as your child’s preschool teacher will have a perspective that you may be completely unaware of.

Checklist: Before the conference

  • Schedule a time to meet. Ask the teacher about available slots and block your slot.
  • Review your child’s work, and progress reports.
  • Have a quick talk with your child. Does he/she like preschool? What does he/she like the most and the least at school? What is his/her favourite activity? Communicate with your toddler/preschooler that you are meeting his teacher.
  • Make notes of the topics that you want to discuss with the teacher
  • Make a list of questions to have a productive conversation with the teacher.
  • Let the teacher know if there is a particular topic you want to discuss. If you want to talk about your child’s progress in reading, the teacher will keep the supporting material on hand to aid your discussion.
  • Be on time. Remember that other parents may also have their appointment scheduled for that day.
  • Respectful communication will be the most effective way to work together with your child’s teacher. Remember that you both want the same thing: your child to learn and do well.
  • Meet the school staff and sub-staff to ask about your child’s strengths and needs.

What should you talk to the teacher about?

  • Give specifics about your child- his home life, his social life and interests. Let the teacher know the child’s life as some events can definitely impact a child’s behaviour. Your child’s social and emotional development is as important as academic development.
  • Take inputs from the teacher about your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Ask her to provide you with specific details so may be able to provide some background insight. When you exchange such information, it gives you and the teacher a better picture of your child and helps you to plan his development milestones.
  • Check on the progress. Find out how your child is doing by asking questions about her knowledge of learning, interaction with other children and willingness to participate in class discussions.
  • Ask to see your child’s work. Ask how the teacher examines the child work.
  • Give your feedback. Discuss your concerns and share thoughts about your child. Explain what you think your child is good at and what he/she needs more help with.
  • If your pre-schooler’s teacher mentions any developmental or behavioural issue, listen to what she has to say and create an action plan to work together. Understand in what ways you can help your child at home with lesson recap, reading, home task, behavioural issues, etc.
  • Schedule another time to check on the progress. Make sure you have an agreed communication channel (in person, by phone, email) that is comfortable for both of you.
  • Talk to your child after the conference. Emphasise the positive points you discussed during the conference and also explain what is expected out of him/her.

How to handle a screaming toddler?

Published on September 22, 2016


Your toddler screaming may look mischief, but its developmentally normal phase which sets in at around 14 months. Good news is that your toddler is now alert and self-aware and knows what he wants. At 18 months, toddlers have very little communication skills. A child of this age generally knows not more than fifty words and hence it makes sense that in the absence of language, he uses another outlet to express how he feels. He takes screeching as a way of communicating his needs. But it may not be taken very well by your surroundings and may even cause uncomfortable surroundings.

What to do about it?

  • Identify the cause
    They key is to have a few responses ready to keep a balance with your toddler’s need to express. Excitement, tantrums for attention, exhaustion, hunger, being bored, being over-stimulated, uncomfortable etc can be reasons that could lead to a screaming child. For this, you need to identify what triggers his screaming and then acknowledge his feelings. If you know what tends to start the shrieking, you can figure out what he’s really trying to say and you can avoid those situations. For example, if your kid wants your undivided attention, you can prop them up on your lap and smile at them or make some gestures indicating that you are not ignoring them.
  • Do not scream back
    Screaming back is the last thing you should do. Follow the rule ‘No screaming at your toddler to stop screaming’. Toddlers enjoy this extra attention that they get by screaming. On the other hand, do not give into their demands to stop the screech, as this will convey them that screaming will get them what they want.
  • Distract
    You can divert him/her and make them do some other activity or hand some interesting objects. Or better way is to catch his attention by talking to him in a low pitch so he gains curiosity to listen to you. You can sometimes also try ignoring it, although it’s not going to be easy and is not something that must be done frequently.
  • Know the exceeds
    As the pitch of a baby’s cry increases, so does the urgency to respond to his needs arise. A distinctive ultra-high-pitched cry can indicate the presence of neurological problems. You should asses if the noise is because he is distressed or is he/he being overtly joyous.
  • Coach on the difference of private & social conversations
    Teach the concept of social and private voice tone. Give a demo of how you talk in home and how you do outside home. Teach your child different ways to communicate (he can come near to you and signal what he wants).
  • Deal with anxiety
    The fact that tots have poor impulse control makes them react repulsively especially when they are in public or when you go off their sight. This can also sometimes be separation anxiety. What he/she needs is a slow time for introductions with acquaintances or new faces/environments.

Why scribbling for toddlers?

Published on September 16, 2016


Does scribbling make sense?

Scribbles may not make sense to adults but these lines and loops and sniggles are meaningful to a young child.

Why is scribbling so important for young children?

  • Scribbling and drawing are the first steps in learning to write for a preschooler.
  • They are a child’s creative way of penning his/her thoughts.
  • Children use this very skill in their later stage of writing, from as early as kindergarten or nursery or much later in life when they need a penchant for writing.
  • It’s a good way to release their emotions.
  • Scribbling allows pre-schoolers to write to feel independent, as they are usually told what ‘not to do’ and this activity sets them free to follow their whims and fancies fully.
  • Experiences in early childhood are ways of approaching life. And all that which is learnt through creativity gives positive brain reinforcement.

Encourage scribbling and drawing

  • Set out lots of paper, pencils, crayons, and markers so children can draw or scribble whenever they want.
  • Give away plane sheets which allow them free style drawing. Let them put their own thoughts into the scribbles.
  • Encourage making miss you, love you cards for friends and family so the kid gets to leave his impression with those vague scribbles.
  • Ask the child to explain what is written when he comes to show you his drawing.
  • Make drawing and scribbling important by clipping it to the walls.
  • Do not give negative comments as this may discourage your toddler from showing his/her drawing again.

11 Pointers for Toddler Ear-Piercing

Published on June 24, 2016


You want to add sparkle to your little girl’s face and you are thinking of getting her ears pierced? Well, it is safe to get her ear piercing done as soon as she hits the six-month-old mark. However experts encourage parents to wait until the child is able to take responsibility.

Follow the below instructions for toddler ear-piercing :

  1. Before going for an ear piercing, point out that there will be some pain (give an illustration just like that of an injection) so they are prepared for it.
  2. Explain to your child that she needs to help you keep her ears and new studs beautiful. How? By looking at in in the mirror and not touching.
  3. Determine piercing location. Ask your friends where they took their children for ear piercing. Make sure they use sterile equipment and follow basic safety procedures.
  4. Choose surgical stainless steel earrings to avoid allergic reactions.
  5. Make the experience less painful. Coat the lobes with cream about 30 to 60 minutes before the piercing. Applying ice a few minutes before the piercing might help numb the pain receptors.
  6. Ask for simultaneous piercings. Once your toddler feels the sting of that first ear piercing, she might get wiggly and tearful and might become reluctant to the second ear piercing. This will make the second ear piercing a real challenge. To alleviate anxiety at the time of piercing, it is recommend having two technicians to simultaneously pierce both ears.
  7. Prefer studs with secure closings (screws or twists on back) for toddler earrings. This will not allow the child to pull on her earrings or get them stuck on her clothing.
  8. After ear piercing, the wound site is more prone to infection during the first two weeks. Avoid infection by always keeping your daughter’s earrings clean. Wipe both earlobes and earrings often with an alcohol-based solution.
  9. Take caution when changing her clothes or brushing her hair so that it doesn’t irritate her newly pierced. Try to keep hairspray, shampoo, perfumes, and similar products away from the earrings for at least 3 days.
  10. Make sure your daughter wears earrings continuously for six months so that the holes will become permanent. Rotate her tiny toddler earrings often so that they don’t adhere to her skin and maintain its shape as it heals. Do not remove the first pair of earrings until at least six weeks have passed.
  11. Should an infection set in – you may opt to remove the earring and let that tiny hole close up. Wait at least six months or longer before you consider getting the ears pierced again.

5 tips to improve your toddler’s memory

Published on August 19, 2015


Your toddler breaks rules!

It’s not that he is testing you or is impulsive. It’s simply because their memory isn’t fully developed and they often tend to forget random things.

How to deal with it?

The more your child is exposed to something, the more solid his memories will become.

  1. Establish routines – Repetition doesn’t just apply to learning, but also to doing the same activity.
  2. Play memory games – Make up category games. This helps in recalling information.
  3. Walk down the memory lane – Recollect things that resonated your child strongly, any event or recreational activity they cherished. They will learn how to retell/replay stories
  4. Shut the eyes – Brain converts short term memory into long term memory when the person is asleep. It retains important stuff and empties the rest.
  5. Visual connection – Encourage imagination. Make the learning colorful. Color is something that gets through the low brain filter very well.

4 Simple Activities you can do with your Toddler @ Home

Published on August 5, 2015


The toddler’s brain is as busy as a buzzing bee…always on the lookout to do something new. Here are some more activities that you can do with your toddler.

After developing some reasonable control over their hand movements and coordination skills, by performing the tasks illustrated in my previous articles, we will now focus on following simple directions, sorting pairing etc.

Get a rug or at mat ready with a colored tape stuck in the centre. Demonstrate to the child that he has to sit on the tape. Slowly, this will develop a sense of following directions, listening and the ability to sit on a line. A very simple yet effective activity.

Now, next is to sort two different types of things- like small cars and small plastic animals. These should be familiar to the child. You can start by asking the baby to name a few animals and the colors of the cars. Then show him how to sort them in two different baskets. An interesting challenge which you can scale-up and make it more difficult (farm and wild animals) as the child’s abilities grow.

To teach the concept of color, put 2 black and 2 white shirts in a laundry bag. Point to each one and tell, this is black…this is white. Now ask for the child’s help in sorting the shirts. Sort and keep them together according to color.

Pairing is a great skill which toddler’s love to learn. Take a pair of 2 items, like crayons and ribbons. Take out one ribbon , place on tray. Then take out 1 ribbon and place on tray. Ask the child, ‘can you find me another crayon ? ; can you find me another ribbon ?’ Let the child place them near each one. Such matching exercises help in the development of reasoning skills as well as concept formation.

We hope you enjoyed our series of articles on doing different activities with simple home accessories. Please post photographs and do write in to us.

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