Shape board for toddlers

The time has come when Little L. started to have great interest in shapes.

She enjoys playing with the shape sorting cube or the Tomy’s shape and colour sorting eggs:

Her favourite shapes (the ones that she can also say):

  • star
  • crescent moon
  • circle
  • heart (although she always says “szívecske” in Hungarian in the first place)

So I made a shape board for her with some basic shapes and, of course, her favourites.

What you need:

  • a bigger piece of cardboard (mine is a side of a big box)
  • sticky Velcro
  • felt and/or foam sheets
  • shape template (if you can’t draw like me)
  • scissors
  • black marker
  • envelope (optional)
  • If you have an elder child, they can also help with the preparation (mine was too busy watching Alphablocks I wouldn’t have disturbed her for all the world.

How to make it:

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  1. I cut out the template shapes printed from the internet.
  2. I drew the shapes on the cardboard (add strong contours with a thick-tip black marker), then on foam and felt pieces.
  3. I cut out the shapes from felt and foam.
  4. I stuck the velcro on the shapes and on the cardboard (in the middle of the shapes).
  5. I glued an envelope on the back where we can store the shapes when we’re not playing with them.20170903_115817

Ever since I finished it she’s been loving to play with it.

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Checking the rough surface of the Velcro
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Starting the matching
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Busy working

Finished!

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If you want to read about what other shape activities we do or did with E. when she was a little toddler checki it our on the link above.

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Language developement for L.

I really need to catch up with Baby L.’s vocabulary for the 19th and 20th months as she is getting closer and closer to her 2nd birthday.

 

In the 19th month she started babbling A LOT but with more and more resemblance to real words could clearly be noticed:

English expressions                              Hungarian expressions

cheese                                                                                     sajt

Ok                                                                                             –

bus                                                                                           busz

pigeon (pronounced as ˈpɪdʒi )                                           –

(to)mato                                                                                  –

windy                                                                                     –

sit down                                                                                –

cake                                                                                       –

happy                                                                                   –

pushing (the button on the lift)                                      –

knife                                                                                     –

–                                                                                             nemakami (I don’t want to)

–                                                                                             nemtud (I don’t know)

–                                                                                             puszi (kiss)

–                                                                                             tessék (here you are)

–                                                                                             bicicli (bicycle)

–                                                                                             azta! (wow)

– choo-choo t(r)ain                                                            vonat

– money                                                                              pínz (pénz)

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Favourite activity

With the 20th month her utterances were more and more understandable. She started chanting songs in both languages, counting, imitating animal sounds, making her first word combinations, to mention a few of her fantastic speech development. It’s fantastic to see that even her grammar is slowly developing (She can say Mommy’s, E.’s, L.’s or the plural of the Hungarian greeting word sziasztok).

English expressions                                 Hungarian expressions

Sit down, Mommy!                                                                      –

naughty                                                                                         –

Sorry (sounds like sorray)                                                  bocsi

tap                                                                                                  –

cold                                                                                         (h)ideg

broken                                                                                    eltört

second                                                                                         –

come/coming                                                                            –

Hi/Hello                                                                                    szia, szia(sz)tok

wait                                                                                             –

banana(nana)                                                                        banán

fork                                                                                          villa

(s)nake                                                                                      –

miaow                                                                                    miáú

Mommy’s                                                                                 –

he(l)p                                                                                        –

other                                                                                       másik/másikat

mine (from Spot goes to the Circus)                                enyém

I’m hot, I’m sick (from Doctor duck)                                 –

dirty                                                                                        –

head                                                                                        –

fall down                                                                               leesik a maci

yes                                                                                          igen

back                                                                                       vissza

man                                                                                        bácsi

lady                                                                                        néni

–                                                                                               pici (tiny)/ kicsi (small)

–                                                                                              nagy (big)

–                                                                                              pecsét (stamp)

–                                                                                              telcsi (mobile phone)

–                                                                                             Ne sírjál! (Don’t cry)

–                                                                                             kész-passz (finished)

knife (last month’s word)                                                kés (this month word)

girl                                                                                        kislány

boy                                                                                        –

–                                                                                             pancsi (bath)

–                                                                                             vacsi (dinner)

–                                                                                             nyaka (his neck)

–                                                                                            fakanál (wooden spoon)

–                                                                                             feldőlt (fall over)

–                                                                                             pukkan (burst)

–                                                                                             tapéta

–  nice                                                                                   szíp (szép)

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The Hungarian rhymes and songs she is chanting or singing (not perfectly, but it’s recognisable and some words a really clear):

Pont, pont vesszőcske (this was E.’s first Hungarian chant, too)
Boci, boci, tarka (and this was the second)
Hinta, palinta hintázik a tickle, tickle tickle (a little bit of mixing languages)

English rhymes and songs:

Incy-wincy spider
Wheels on the bus (she knows the end of the lines, like swish, open and shut, beep-beep, up and down and the last line of each verse: all day loooooong)
1-2-3 I’m L. who are you? (the Helen Doron lesson beginning greeting part)

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She loves music and dancing

E. taught her funny words or word combinations in Hungarian like “kicsi pecsét” (small stamp) and “kis próba” (small rehearsal) and they have fun time when L. repeats these expressions.

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She learns everything from her big sister

She is very communicative and social with everyone. She says hello on the street to EVERYone, identifies the people: man, lady, girl, boy, doggie, miaow, pigeon, bus, truck etc. Sometimes it feels she talks from the moment she opens her eyes in the morning till she closes them in the evening.

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The three of us on a choo-choo train ride

Sometimes she stops me in whatever I’m doing because she wants to say something. She talks for minimum a minute or two. Here and there I catch a few words but I don’t really understand what she’s talking about. But she’s dead serious about her message. She’s just too cute and loveable.

 

Merry Christmas

I’ve been really busy lately: we’ve had some illneses and I started to learn Spanish, which kept me away from the blog. But next year I’ll catch up. Promise… to myself mainly.

Of course, the last few months have been full of preparation for celebrations (Thanksgiving, Advent, birthdays, Santa Claus day – the Hungarian speciality – and Christmas). We had a lot of English usage in connection with these and in our everyday life too.

Santa arrived on 6th December

Shapes are in – a post will be comming soon on the topic.

Food shapes

We still take part in Helen Doron English sessions – some negative, some positve expereinces. Might share with you later, too.

E. is getting more and more interested in numbers (big numbers in the first place) and letters as well. I’ll also write about how far we’ve got and what we are doing with letters and numbers.

Andvent calendar and its numbers

We’ve put a hold on flashcards as E. doesn’t seem to be excited about them any more (sometimes we do a little revision), and as she speaks continuously and more or less fluently (3-6 word sentences) with a wide range of vocabulary, flashcards are pointless in introducing something new to her. (I have some ideas of car logos, starsigns and Christmas vocab, but she knows a lot about these things aready)

Baking gingerbread was one of the highlights of this season – the time when she learnt how to pose and say ‘cheese’ when someone takes a photo of her.

Is it going to be a Gingerbread man?

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I wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a successful New Year with a lot of second (or third) language.