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Toilet Training Step by Step Cards

  • Duration

    short

  • Age

    , toddler, child

  • Skill for Bub

    Mind builder, Just for fun

Summary

Turn a fun craft project into a learning tool by making cards that illustrate their trip to the bathroom, step by step.

For successful toilet training, children need to feel like they are part of the process and have control. Turn a fun craft project into a learning tool by making cards that illustrate their trip to the bathroom, step by step.

What you’ll need

  • Construction paper
  • Blunt safety scissors
  • Washable markers
  • Plastic zipper bag

What to do

Trace your child’s handprint onto one colour of the construction paper. Do at least 10 to start. Help your child cut the handprints out with their blunt scissors. Next, cut out the shape of a potty chair or toilet seat in another colour of construction paper. The last shape will be a large circle. Once all the circles have been cut out, help your child draw a smiley face with a marker on each. Place all the pieces in a plastic zipper bag and give them to your child.

Now, explain the game to your child. When they feel the urge that they need to go to the bathroom, they bring you one of the potty or toilet seat cards. Then it’s off to do their business. When done, they wash their hands and then turn in the hand card to show that their hands are squeaky clean. The final card – the smiley face – is then turned in for a reward for doing such a fantastic job.

Other ideas to enhance the fun are:

  • If they turn in at least six cards in one day, they get an extra reward.
  • Once all the cards are turned in to you, they get a special treat or privilege, and then the cards are returned to them to start all over again.
  • Mum and Dad can make a set of cards too, and turn them over to the child when they need to visit the bathroom. Child will get a kick out of that!

To make the cards even more sturdy and to help them last longer, laminate with laminating sheets available at the craft store, or have them laminated at a copy store.