Loud and Quiet Shakers: Create an activity for auditory discrimination using empty plastic water bottles and materials you have in your home or classroom. Fill a few bottles with materials that will make loud noises when shaken such as jingle bells, beans and plastic beads. Be sure to glue the caps on tightly to avoid the materials spilling from the bottles. Fill a few bottles with materials that will make little to no noise when shaken such as feathers, rice or colored water.
Classifying: Use a plastic children's tea set for this activity. Allow toddlers to separate the components of the tea set by use. For example, make a stack of small plates, a stack of larger plates, a grouping for tea cups and a grouping for spoons. Or, if your tea set is multi-colored, encourage your toddler to create a tea setting all in one color or incorporating one of each color for each place setting. Allow toddlers to explore these materials on their own and see what other ways they choose to classify the objects.
Sequencing: Use a simple peg board, plastic or wooden with different colored pegs, for sequencing activities. Allow toddlers to explore the pegs and board on their own. At first, they will probably not make any kind of sequencing pattern with the colored pegs. After several attempts, though, you may notice a pattern emerging. Encourage each toddler to keep making the pattern by adding another peg or just asking, "What peg comes next?"