Yabba Dabba Do!
Our Toddler Sense Father’s Day celebration is packed with
champion entertainment from sporty warm-ups to fun ball games, a parachute
bonanza, marching with Tod (our mascot), balloons and bubbles. And if you can’t
bring Dad, Mum will have lots of fun too!
Father’s Day is just around the
corner and Toddler Sense is getting ready to celebrate the important role that
dads contribute to their children's lives. We have plenty of fun activities
that dads and toddlers will enjoy and remember forever!
The adventure play area
is a great place to start and the equipment offers endless opportunities for
exploration, problem-solving and imaginative thinking. You can encourage your
toddler to crawl through tunnels, bounce, balance, climb or clamber over
obstacles and teach important life skills at the same time.
When dads join in,
toddlers know they are fun to be with!
Then it’s time for an adventure
with your toddler starting with our ‘How do you do?’ song and then a champion
warm up activity before we
introduce a wonderful bonanza of sporty games to get dads as involved as possible!
Every week is different so if you can’t make
‘Father’s Day’, you can look forward to zooming to the moon, meeting aliens,
putting the hatches down on Captain Tod’s yellow submarine, going ape at the
African Zoo, digging for dinosaurs, crossing the high seas to Treasure Island,
discovering the magic of the jungle (there’ll be monkey mayhem so wind up your
windows and hide the sandwiches), and being a firefighter rescuing Tod from
danger with your toddler.
When you join in with the fun, you add to your child’s development in
unique and important ways. For example, encouraging physical skills supports
the development of independence, confidence and achievement; making music fosters brain
development; singing expands language and communication skills; playing fishing
games develops imagination; helping your toddler post, sort, organize and deliver the daily mail encourages thinking,
reasoning and problem-solving skills; going on a nature trail fosters an
understanding of the world. It’s impossible to name all the activities
and benefits, but you are sure to enjoy them all!
What the research says….
large-scale study conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies
showed that fathers who engaged in fun play with toddlers had a far-reaching
impact on their social skills and behaviours.
Research by the Fatherhood Institute
showed that paternal
interactions equipped children socially and psychologically and made a
real difference to their lives.
Black, researcher and professor of paediatrics at the University of Maryland
School of Medicine, found that children with an actively involved father had improved
language skills and fewer behavioural problems, even if he lived apart from
at the University of Oxford, concluded that children who benefitted from
paternal involvement from an early age were more likely to get good grades in
Wilcox, associate professor of sociology at the University of
Virginia, stated that girls and boys were much
more likely to thrive when they had the benefit of the father’s interest,
involvement and attention.
studies have shown that spending
quality time with children makes fatherhood more rewarding and enjoyable. Dads
also develop lifelong bonds with their children that cannot be formed in any
Father’s Day celebrates the unique
contribution that dads make to all aspects of their children’s lives. Toddler
Sense provides a wonderful opportunity for dads and children to spend quality
By Dr Lin Day (http://www.babysensory.com/en/toddlersense)