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Toddler Lesson Plans



These free simple toddler lesson plans will help you to monitor early child development. Often in the daily rush of family life we miss the little things that are so important.

toddler lesson plans

Using toddler learning activities (most things toddlers do really) and observing and making short notes in a structured way. This gives you a written map of your toddler behavior and your toddler development.

Often we don't see how much a child has learned or how they are struggling with some things. We all get distracted and forget to make a note to deal with it later

Using toddler learning activities

You are not really teaching you toddler so much as letting them learn from doing. Just set up the toddler activities then simply observe and write some short comments. Over a period of several weeks or months you can look back and now see the areas they really do well and the areas they may need some more help.

Find some really great ideas for toddlers activities for use with these lesson plans here.

You can also use them with any of these easy crafts for kids ideas

Simple to use toddler lesson plans

I have put some real life examples of toddler lesson plans below to help you see how simple it all really is. Just click on the lesson plan box below if you want a printables version to read on paper.



Toddler lesson plan 1 (Playdough)

This lesson plan can also cover things such as making saltdough, coloring playdough

Preperation - Plastic surface that can be wiped. A good selection of playdough in various colors.

Equipment - Cutters, rollers, spoons, plastic knives, boards, other toys etc.

Learning -

  • Confidence trying new things

  • Concentration, Imagination

  • Handling tools safetly

  • Exploring textures, colors and smells

  • Communication

  • Sizes - small, medium and big


  • Printable Lesson Plan Version


    These three examples below are of written observations of toddler development while playing with playdough recipes. You can simply click on them and read or print off and use for reference.

    You can print off blank forms for your own use at the bottom of this page.

    Observations of a
    child aged 2 1/2 yrs


    toddler lesson plans
    Observations of a
    child aged 3 1/2 yrs


    toddler lesson plans
    Observations of a
    child aged 4 yrs


    toddler lesson plans


    Toddler lesson plan 2 (Sand)

    This lesson plan can also cover things such as sand play, sand and water play, making sand castles

    Preperation - Large sand trays waist height, Sand pits, dustpan and brush (for tidying up)

    Equipment - Sand buckets, spades, sand diggers, plastic cups, sand moulds, empty washing up liquid bottles.

    Learning -

  • Confidence trying new activities

  • Concentration, Imagination

  • Handling tools sizes safetly

  • Exploring texture

  • Constructing and building

  • Use iof language to describe ideas


  • Printable Lesson Plan Version


    These three examples below are of written observations of toddler development while playing with a sand and water play table. You can simply click on them and read or print off and use for reference.

    You can print off blank forms for your own use at the bottom of this page.

    Observations of a
    child aged 2 1/2 yrs


    toddler lesson plans
    Observations of a
    child aged 3 yrs


    toddler lesson plans
    Observations of a
    child aged 4 yrs


    toddler lesson plans




    Toddler lesson plan 3 (Bricks - Construction)


    This lesson plan can also cover other things such as Building bricks, Cars, Plastic animals, Dinosaurs

    Preperation - Flat surface or good floor space.

    Equipment - Assortment of bricks, various sizes, shapes and colors.

    Learning -

  • Being confidence trying new things

  • Concentration, Attention

  • Working together

  • Using a selction of large and small equipment

  • Communicating ideas, thoughts and feelings

  • Using language to describe big, small

  • Building, constructing


  • Printable Lesson Plan Version


    These three examples below are of written observations of toddler development while playing with building bricks. You can simply click on them and read or print off and use for reference.

    You can print off blank forms for your own use at the bottom of this page.

    Observations of a
    child aged 2 yrs


    toddler lesson plans
    Observations of a
    child aged 3 1/2 yrs


    toddler lesson plans
    Observations of a
    child aged 4 yrs


    toddler lesson plans


    Toddler lesson plan 4 (Water)


    This lesson plan can also cover things such as sand play, sand and water play, making sand castles



    Preperation -

    Large container which is accessible for your child. Plastic aprons and mops to clear up any spills.

    IMPORTANT Remember supervision at ALL times as toddlers can drown in an inch of water.



    Equipment - Spoons, cups, small containers, water wheels, plastic bottles (without lids), shells, plastic jugs, bubbles.

    Learning -

  • Good hand eye co-ordination

  • Extend vocabulary, learning new words, pouring and filling.

  • Using senses, asking why and how things happen.

  • Interested in new things

  • Lots of imaginative play


  • Printable Lesson Plan Version


    These three examples below are of written observations of toddler development while playing with water. You can simply click on them and read or print off and use for reference.

    You can print off blank forms for your own use at the bottom of this page.



    Observations of a
    child aged 2 yrs


    toddler lesson plans
    Observations of a
    child aged 3 1/2 yrs


    toddler lesson plans
    Observations of a
    child aged 4 1/2 yrs


    toddler lesson plans


    Toddler lesson plan 5 (Dance and movement)


    This lesson plan can also cover other things such as Building bricks, Cars, Plastic animals, Dinosaurs

    Preperation -

    Floor space - moving tables and chairs, floor mat



    Equipment - Some fabrics (dress or drapery) long pieces, CD's featuring childrens action rhymes and soft music.

    Learning -

  • The use of the whole body for movement.

  • Listening skills and concentration.

  • Using senses, asking why and how things happen.

  • Vocabulary - learning new words.

  • Using lots of imagination.


  • Printable Lesson Plan Version


    These three examples below are of written observations of toddler development while playing with dance and movement. You can simply click on them and read or print off and use for reference.

    You can print off blank forms for your own use at the bottom of this page.



    Observations of a
    child aged 2 yrs


    toddler-lesson-plan
    Observations of a
    child aged 3 1/2 yrs


    toddler-lesson-plan
    Observations of a
    child aged 4 yrs


    toddler-lesson-plan


    Toddler lesson plan 6 (Trikes and bicycles)


    This lesson plan can also cover other things such as Building bricks, Cars, Plastic animals, Dinosaurs

    Preperation -

    Area to ride, Large flat surface such as local park



    Equipment - 3 Wheeled trike, bicycle with stabilisers, safety helmet.

    Learning -

  • Encourages balance.

  • Forming strength in legs.

  • Using senses, asking why and how things happen.

  • Good hand eye co-ordination.

  • Building concentration.

  • Being aware of surroundings.

  • Steering correctly.

  • Building confidence.

  • Co-ordination around obsticles.


  • Printable Lesson Plan Version


    These three examples below are of written observations of toddler development while playing with trikes and bicycles. You can simply click on them and read or print off and use for reference.

    You can print off blank forms for your own use at the bottom of this page.

    Observations of a
    child aged 2 1/2 yrs


    toddler lesson plans
    Observations of a
    child aged 3 1/2 yrs


    toddler lesson plans>
    Observations of a
    child aged 4 1/2 yrs


    toddler lesson plans




    All most anything qualifies as toddler learning activities as they explore the world around them. Every day is full of exciting new things to do such as learning shapes and colors.

    You can make a difference to your early child development by using these toddler lesson plans. You will see how fast your toddler learns to cope and manage the world around them. You will be able to monitor their:


  • Toddler language development

  • Toddler social development

  • Toddler math development

  • Toddler creative development

  • Toddler physical skills development


  • Teaching toddlers without really teaching ?

    Just to recap on an important point. It is better to just observe and comment rather than try to teach toddlers. They need to experience the world as it happens. Then learning from these experiences is the best teacher they can have.

    So just organize some toddlers activities and then step back a little. Let them play and discover for themselves, there are plenty of free kids games to play on this site. So you don't have to look far for ideas.

    toddler lesson plans

    You can use these forms for all sorts of toddler activities such as learning games for kids. These can be used for comments and observations even if they play toddler games online. They are also really great for use with easy crafts for kids.

    So use the blank form here for any kind of learning activities or learning games for kids. Now print off your free toddler lesson plans form by clicking on the image here and get started now with your toddler development.

    Remember you can save the comments and observation forms in a folder. Then look back over them to see how your child has developed. You may identify areas where you want to revist and work more on. You may find they need more help with their language development or they struggle with concentrating. Keeping and using these notes will help to see more clearly.



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