Children between the ages of two and three love making things and they also love imaginative (pretend) play - perhaps being the mummy to their doll or running around pretending to be noisy lions or superheroes.
They’re becoming more curious about other people’s feelings too, e.g. they’re starting to notice when other children are happy or upset, and they are often fascinated by facial expressions.
How CBeebies can help
You can encourage their creativity and pretend play by making puppets and creating funny faces together.
Why not head over to the Jackanory Junior web pages and click on the Make & Colour section? In there, you’ll find details of how to make your very own puppet theatre. Or you could click through to the Tikkabilla pages and have a go at making some Animal Finger Faces (they’re just made out of small pieces of card and sticky circles). Put them on your fingertips and put on a show!
You could also have fun playing the Bobinogs ‘Foody Face’ game on the CBeebies website. The activity simply involves making a food face out of pieces of fruit and vegetables by clicking different buttons on the screen.
How to make a magic moment
Have a giggle together making funny faces out of play dough or by using fruit and veg (e.g. grapes for eyes, a small potato for a nose and a banana for a mouth).
If you have a bit more time to spare, why not sit down with them and make some finger puppets together. Or you could act out some role play scenarios with some cuddly toys. If your child loves moulding shapes out of play dough, you could have some fun together creating some silly faces.
You can draw a recognisable puppet or face whilst your toddler experiments with making marks or squeezing the play dough. If they do want to make their own one too, you can really help by encouraging them and accepting their creation, however it turns out!
You can also talk about whether your puppets and play dough faces are happy or sad, you can have fun making them go down a pretend slide or whizz through the air. Or maybe your child likes singing and wants them to join in with a song. Follow your toddler’s lead and enjoy sharing adventures with your puppets and faces.