A toddler wearing a cat hat and playing with plastic bugs and butterflies
Blue, pink, and yellow balloons

Toddler

16 months - young 3 years

Our toddler lessons align with Early Childhood Indicators of Progress.

5 Senses

Students will engage their senses through hands-on exploratory stations. They will compare and contrast senses and explain how and when more than one sense is being used.

Early Childhood Indicators: discovery: observe, question, investigate
Skills: fine motor, observation
Vocabulary: sight, sound, touch, taste, hear
A Rainbow of Birds Most Popular

Students will identify physical characteristics of birds and how these characteristics play a key role in how birds adapt to their habitats.

Early Childhood Indicators: Discover—observe and question, investigate; counting; fine motor dexterity
Skills: role playing, observation, fine motor
Vocabulary: camouflage, chickadee, cardinal, jay
Colors!

Students identify patterns and color recognition.

Early Childhood Indicators: discover—observe and question, investigate, experiment
Skills: fine motor, observation, color recognition
Vocabulary: red, yellow, blue
Diggin’ in the Dirt Most Popular

Students use science tools to explore soil and identify insects and components of soil.

Early Childhood Indicators: sorting; discovery: observe, question, investigate; integrate
Skills: fine motor, observation
Vocabulary: soil, antennae/tentacles
Going on a Bear Hunt Most Popular

Students will engage in large motor activity and engage imagination to explore bear habitat. They will handle black bear fur and discover the rue size of black bear paws and scat.

Early Childhood Indicators: observe and question: Child demonstrates awareness and engagement with phenomena, materials, and environment Investigate: Child actively shows wonder by demonstrating curiosity of self, others and surroundings
Skills: observation, fine motor, creative play
Vocabulary: Black Bear
Home Sweet Home

Students will explore MN wildlife and their habitat through hands-on activity and creative play.

Early Childhood Indicators: Discover—observe and question, investigate; counting; fine motor
Skills: role playing, observation, fine motor
Vocabulary: hornet, den, burrow, weaving
Hop, Waddle, Leap

Students will use large motor skills to discover the many ways MN animals move. They will identify MN animals and habitats.

Early Childhood Indicators: Discover—observe and question, investigate; counting; fine motor dexterity
Skills: role playing, observation, fine motor, large motor
Vocabulary: raccoon, track, hoof, waddle
Incredible Insects Most Popular

Students will learn about insects through song and art activities.

Early Childhood Indicators: sorting; discovery: observe, question, investigate; integrate
Skills: fine motor, observation
Vocabulary: soil, antennae/tentacles
Let’s Roll!

Students will engage in large and fine motor activity with round objects and ramps to discover movement.

Early Childhood Indicators: observe, question, and investigate; counting
Skills: sensory exploration, fine motor
Vocabulary: cylinder, cone, sphere, circle
Nuts About Squirrels

Students will build a drey and explore how the squirrel adapts to the four seasons.

Early Childhood Indicators: Discover—observe and question, investigate; counting; fine motor dexterity
Skills: role playing, observation, fine motor
Vocabulary: acorn, oak, drey
Rocks of all Sizes

Students will shake, rattle and roll and stack rocks to learn about color, size, shape and weight.

Early Childhood Indicators: discover—observe and question, investigate, experiment, evaluate; measurement; data analysis—sorting
Skills: observation, sorting, fine motor
Vocabulary: pebble, sifter, funnel
Seeds on the Move

Students will experiment with various seeds to discover how they are transported through wind, water and animals. They will identify how the characteristics of seeds play a role in transport.

Early Childhood Indicators: Discover—observe and question, investigate; counting; fine motor dexterity
Skills: role playing, observation, fine motor
Vocabulary: funnel, sifter, parachute
Sheep in a Jeep Most Popular

Students discover gravity, push and pull through creative story and play. Simple math is also involved.

Early Childhood Indicators: discover—observe and question, investigate, experiment
Skills: problem solving, logical thinking, motor skills, critical thinking
Vocabulary: force, push, pull
Water: Solid, Liquid, Gas

Students will experiment about states of matter and how the addition and subtraction of heat influence each state.

Early Childhood Indicators: Discover—observe and question, investigate; fine motor dexterity
Skills: observation, fine motor
Vocabulary: solid, liquid, gas
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