Priority: Play & Learn
Call it the “terrible twos” or the “horrible threes”, the truth is, your child is trying to figure out how this world works! The kids are breaking all the rules because there are no boundaries in their 2 years of experience! Be patient, set clear expectations, and give your child lots and lots of play! Playing is a wonderful distraction and it comes with rewarding results! Incorporate our fun activities into his/her daily play and watch him/her play and learn Mandarin Chinese.
Create a print-rich environment at home with your child. Get your child involved in the process of making the labels, signs, and charts.
Expose your child to Chinese numbers and Chinese characters with pictures to help him/her build connections between the characters and the functions they serve.
Engage your child in his/her play and print out relevant Chinese flashcards or activities to add to their playthings.
Read aloud storybooks in Mandarin Chinese (or use audiobooks) and encourage your child to ask questions about everything.
Allow independent exploration of Chinese books and give your child the opportunities to tell a story.
Sing songs with rhyming and repetition that will help build Chinese vocabulary.
Build a simple routine for daily immersion in Mandarin Chinese. It can be as simple as a daily activity chart or a weather chart in Mandarin Chinese that your child looks through with your every day or an hour of any type of activity in Mandarin Chinese (crafting, drawing characters, reading, playing, listening to audiobooks and more).
Add these printables to your child's daily play activities! Here are planning tools to help you organize your child's schedule.
Every month, or even week, your child's perception and senses are developing rapidly which means their preferences for playthings change very fast as well. For printouts that don't seem to interest your child, simply re-introduce them again next month or so. You might be surprised at how suddenly your child is showing interest in something that he/she didn't care for just yesterday! Also, it's helpful to take mental notes of what your child likes as your guide to selecting future activities for him/her.
*Please note that all printed material is not safe for babies or small children. So please be careful when showing your child the printouts. Attach printouts to the wall securely or laminate them.