Ashley Braswell
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
High School
  • Child Development
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practices
  • Early Childhood
  • Early Learners
  • Lesson Plan
  • Toddler
  • early-childhood
  • early-learners
  • photography
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    Top Three for Toddlers

    Top Three for Toddlers


    This is a lesson plan/learning activity for Child Development. In this activity, students will use what they have learned about toddlers to create a digital marketing product, such as a poster, to present to the "board of directors" and a "company" that is developing a new department for the creation of toys and activities. The student's final product will show how three activities help toddlers physically, social/emotionally, and cognitively.

    Utah Core Standard:

    Child Development, Strand 5, Standard 1: Describe the growth and development of the toddler. 

    Performance Skill: Evaluate three age-appropriate activities for toddlers and explain how each activity stimulates the toddler's development (physical, social/emotional, cognitive).

    Thumbnail Picture: AnnaFayett-Holmes; Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International


    This lesson is about analyzing appropriate activities for toddlers. The students analyze the activities for physical, social/emotional, and cognitive development aspects.

    Time frame: 30-40 minutes

    Format: In person or online


    Background for Teachers

    To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of developmentally appropriate practices for toddlers, an understanding of what falls under physical, social/emotional, and cognitive development for toddlers, and knowledge of digital citizenship skills that include copyright and citations.

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes


    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to analyze the physical, social/emotional, and cognitive developmental benefits of various activities for toddlers.

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will create a digital marketing product to present that analyzes three activites for toddlers, including physical, social/emotional, and cognitive benefits.


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction


    Student Background Knowledge

    Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of developmentally appropriate practicies, the three areas of development, and the developmental stage of toddlers.

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    To help diverse learners, this lesson and project can be done with partners, use a variety of different programs and apps for whichever the student is most comfortable with, examples are given, and toturials can be made to help learners.

    Step 3 - Instruction

    Step One: Brainstorm (5-10 minutes)

    Teacher hands out the brainstorming paper to the students.

    "Today, we will be creating a digital marketing product that you could present to a company's board of directors to explain the top three activities for toddlers. I have included a sample list for you to choose from, but you can choose any three activities that are appropriate for toddlers."

    Give the students 5-10 minutes to fill out their brainstorm. They should be including how each of the three activities help toddlers physically, social/emotionally, or cognitively. The Toddler DAP Activities Reference page can help students with their brainstorm.

    Step Two: Digital Citizenship Skills (5 minutes)

    Before the students begin their digital marketing products, remind them that it is important to use good digital citizenship skills. Before we use any pictures, we should make sure that they are not copyrighted and can be used for our projects. Whatever pictures we used also need to use proper citations on the pictures. You can reference the example product for a better idea of what that looks like.

    Step Three: Digital Marketing Product (20-30 minutes)

    Once the students complete their brainstorm, they should get on their computers to create their digital marketing product. The students can use any digital tool or app of their choice to create their product. A list of possible choices can include:

    • Adobe Express
    • Canva
    • LucidPress
    • Google Suite

    Step 4 - Assessments

    Students will be assessed using a rubric to make sure that their product includes all of the criteria.