Get ready for a bunch of
games for toddlers and - and I bet you SO need some of those!
We all do! No shame in that!
Fun, unique and energetic (and perhaps short-tempered :-) - are all words you could probably use to describe your toddler.
Extraordinary little people with a couldn't-care-less attitude
and an urge to do everything at 10 million kilometers per
However, despite perhaps giving the impression they have the concentration span of a goldfish, do not be fooled - toddlers are constantly taking in their surroundings and absorbing selective information like a sponge.
This is why, despite patiently teaching your toddler to count, it is the swear word she overheard you say once - just that one single time - that she proudly shouts in the middle of the grocery store.
Toddlers do not miss a thing and are constantly looking for something to do and learn. What a wonderful attitude and what a grand potential!
They are also at a crucial stage in their development, as they make the transition from baby to preschooler.
Keeping a young kid entertained is often easier said than done, especially as parental supervision or participation is so often needed - hence the need for fun activities for toddlers.
This page on fun activities for toddlers in divided into two sections:
not find many toddlers who do not appreciate running around in
the fresh air, no matter what the weather.
Therefore, fun games for toddlers that involve the great outdoors will always be a sure-fire hit with your youngster.
simple toddler game may look like every parent's nightmare on
the face of it but it promises hours of fun.
All you need are several water balloons, sidewalk chalk and water.
This fun game is not as messy as it sounds and is nothing
that a pair of wellingtons will not put right.
If you want to put an educational slant on the game, write numbers on the sidewalk and ask your toddler to hit the numbers in a random order.
this one of the outdoor games for toddler, your kid gets
to play with her sense of balance and challenge it.
Here are few examples of fun toddler exercises:
Normal kites are difficult for a toddler to fly themselves, as well as being a possible crash and fall risk; you will need to rely on high winds to get the most from your kite flight.
You can do this kind of outdoor activities for toddlers
with your little one when you are walking the dog or going to
the store. You know, when you're doing something you need to
every other toddler your toddler is probably also fascinated
by phones. And really thinking about it, they are true
miracles. A voice comes out of a 'thing'.
Here is the recipe for a simple toy phone ... and it actually works.
You can make
this string very long, 20-30 meters should work just fine.
Besides exciting your toddler, you can explain to him the very basics of how a stationary phone works (if you still have one of those) - that the voice travels along the line.
This type of activities for toddler are great for improving coordination, training balance and fine tuning motor skills.
This is a really simple game, but you can spice it up with
some imaginary effects by letting your girl toddler dress up
like a circus princess or finding some green clothes for your
boy toddler so that he can imagine being Robin Hood climbing
the thin branches in the Sherwood Forest.
What better way to spend time outside
than to go exploring the fascinating creatures of Mother
Earth. (Obviously, if you live somewhere with dangerous
animals, make whatever reservations you need. You most likely
know better than I what to be careful of in your area.
I come from a temperate zone, so there are practically no dangerous animals where I live.)
What you find on your trip will differ according to the weather. For instance if it has just rained you might find lots of snails, frogs and earthworms.
This is also a great opportunity
to teach your toddler how to be nice to the small animals,
telling him how they are very fragile and that you have to be
very careful with them if he decides that he wants to hold a
This one of
the fun games for toddlers is great for improving his
balance and precision skills.
All you need is a vehicle for your toddler - a tricycle, or one of the great balancing bikes (they look like a normal bike but have no pedals) - and some pavement chalk.
I probably don't need to tell you about the importance of
physical exercise for development of both gross and fine
Here is a small free handbook with ideas for physical
activities for toddlers.
If the weather is grim
outside a toddler's restlessness can intensify.
Keeping them occupied with toddler activities they can play while you get on with your household chores is one way to prevent your blood pressure from rising.
Here is a great video with a few creative indoor games tips for you and your toddler:
Egg decoration is a fun activity that will encourage your toddler to tap into his creative side.
According to the
American Academy of Pediatrics, taking
part in arts and crafts toddler activities encourages and
strengthens your child's problem-solving and organizational
Again, these types of skills will come in extra handy when he is ready to attend preschool.
This can also become an educational activity if you introduce numbers and colors.
This fun toddler activity makes full use of your child's developing imagination.
This game teaches him about amounts
and introduces him to the rather abstract concept of money.
Encourage him to watch you count out change or ask him for a specific amount of something, such as two apples or three cans of soup.
While toddlers are always learning, they educate themselves much better doing something they enjoy or find entertaining ... I mean so do we, so why wouldn't they :-)
It is pretty much
a given that toddlers enjoy noise, especially creating it. Of
course not all, but most toddlers do.
Therefore, helping him make a shaker bottle will give him the opportunity to get all his noise-making needs out in one go.
Fun toddler activities such as this one encourages your
child's imagination, as he creates his own tunes.
You can even ask him to put on a performance later in the day for the whole family. Noise and being thrust into the limelight will definitely appeal to your toddler's vivacious side.
Okay, so the idea of allowing your
toddler near the oven or microwave may seem like insanity but
- when supervised by an adult - cookery toddler activities are
a guaranteed hit.
Just like we do, children love to feel important, to feel that they contribute with something valuable. Having your toddler 'help' you out in the kitchen (even though the cooking will end up take longer) is a great way to naturally boost your child's self esteem.
So if you are too busy to dedicate some special cooking time to your toddler, have him help with the family meal.
Things your toddler could help you with:
This does not
involve cooking as such, but it does involve a lot of fun for
both you and your toddler.
Toddler games in the kitchen can do more than encourage cognitive development; it can also give your child the inspiration he needs to try new foods.
She might not like some of the ingredients,
but hey, we don't like everything either :-) This is just a
fun way to introduce your toddler to the tastes of new
Toddlers and worms go together like strawberries and cream, so your toddler is sure to love making his own worms in the kitchen - especially when he realizes he can eat them without going to timeout.
Your toddler can either watch you make one and then do his
own - or, if you are feeling brave - have him make one while
you offer directions.
If you have a big box with lots of clothes pegs, this one of
fun toddler activities can be great laugh for toddler as there
are many things to do with the clothes pegs.
And you can do whatever chores you need to do as your toddler will be well occupied next to you.
There are many activities for toddlers that can involve the
whole family, such as scavenger hunts or hide the item. Again,
these games do not have
to be extravagant or expensive and yet they will teach your
toddler the importance of working as a team.
If you have a spare couple of hours, invite a couple of his friends over for a play date. Invite them into your toddler's pretend grocery store, this will add to his imagination for when he is next playing the game alone.
Enjoy your time with your toddler because he won't be at this stage for long and you may find yourself at some point in the future longing for the days of making worms and going for balloon kite walks.
Toddler games are meant to be fun for the youngster but having fun is very much allowed for you, too! :-)
I will end this article with a reference to an fun article that help you identify your kid's play style via children programs - I don't know about the accuracy of the play style test but is a fun read never the less.
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