Fun toddler activities can include anything from blowing bubbles, kicking a ball to singing a song. All these toddler games are not only fun and enjoyable but also an important part of learning how your toddler's body and brain works in relation to the world.
However, getting a list of lots of activities is great and helpful
(we all need inspiration) but in essence, what matters is not so
much exactly what you DO with your child!
What matters is how you ARE with your child!
When you're present, tuned in and engaged, the activity itself actually becomes irrelevant. If you're present, whatever kind of toddler games you play will be fun! This is true!
What matters is the experiential quality - the feeling of deep connectedness that is the RESULT of the activity.
However, in order to get there it is a good idea to have a couple of fun activities for toddlers up your sleeve to pull out when needed.
And stuffing your sleeve to bursting point with fun, educational toddler learning games and creative toddler activities is precisely my aim here.
So lean back, open up to be inspired and prepare yourself to connect and bond with your kid :-)
Well, basically toddler lesson plans are interesting, fun toddler
activities that stimulate your toddler's lust for learning which
thereby teach them new skills and develop existing ones.
Most likely, you don't have to think where what you're doing is a lesson plan or not.
As long as your toddler is enjoying himself / herself by exploring his or her body, brain and not to forget, heart, in relation to the world, it is a lesson plan.
Children are curious by nature and this drive for learning and testing will naturally throw them into the world through their playing. It's very simple. Learning is what they do!
What you can do to pave the way for this stimulation is to provide your toddler with interesting opportunities with which to engage with.
You can help by creating a world of interesting stimuli!
Toddler lesson plans can include a wide range of subjects such as literature, speech, nursery rhymes, songs, crafts, nature and physical exercise.
However, just as important lesson plans are remembering to talk while looking your toddler in the eyes, spontaneous hugging and kissing. These actions are toddler lesson plans, too! Extremely important ones!
Actually they are probably even more important than the traditional toddler learning games that you will get on this page. (If you want to teach your child the power of unconditional love and acceptance, I recommend you read about positive parenting, attachment parenting or unconditional parenting.)
However, for now, let's proceed with some of the more traditional fun toddler activities that are also toddler learning activities.
Interestingly enough, many of the
old nursery rhymes and songs that have been passed down from
generation to generation are actually really rich with various
educational themes for your toddler.
Yes, you will be surprised at how many of these toddler games are actually beneficial for teaching basic hand and eye coordination and rhyming. Also nursery rhymes help to develop listening skills as well as increasing your little one's vocabulary.
Nursery rhymes also have a more basic existential function.
The repetition and routine of singing nursery rhymes often will come to be associated with security and predictability.
When engaging in a nursery rhyme or song, your child will come to know what will come next - the prediction of which installs a sense of control which equals feeling secure.
Everyone has probably played 'itsy-bitsy' spider and there will be
no toddler who does not love that song.
What your toddler will get out 'itsy-bitsy spider' is:
The 'Hokey Pokey' is another one of the many
fun games for kids that have been popular for
The best thing about the games involving rhyming and movement is that they teach as well as entertain. Your toddler will learn and have fun all at the same time! Learning can be fun and when it is, children want to learn.
This will teach or introduce your kid to:
Even nursery rhymes that are not necessarily part of a game can help
toddlers to learn.
Some nursery rhymes and songs are ideal for stimulating your toddler's perceptions of sound, expanding their vocabulary and introducing new objects and elements in their life world.
Repeating the nursery rhymes, especially with a book that contains
pictures, helps them to learn about a variety of animals and their
world, from the moon to the stars.
Important research has shown that imagination, confidence, humor and fun are all part of beneficial early development.
Games and toddler activities provide all of this and more.
As the parent of a toddler, you know there is never a dull moment.
Experiencing the world through your children's eyes is a learning
experience for you as well.
As you listen and learn from your child, you will be reminded of the things that you believed in when you were a child. For instance, toddler activities often include games of pretend
Many toddlers - at one time or another - have a make-believe friend that shares in their experiences.
It is not unusual for them to make up their own games and hold conversations with someone you cannot see or hear. Imagination is the beginning of creativity and resourcefulness and is an important part of problem-solving later in life.
Here are a couple of examples of pretend games:
This one of toddler activities can be played on the beach or in the
sandbox at home in the garden.
Before you get going with the baking, go out to find some 'cake decoration'.
Gather leaves, small stones, twigs - whatever small things that nature offers wherever you are.
Toddlers can learn to enjoy playing alone for short periods of time.
Although most toddlers will not entertain themselves for longer than
15 minutes or so until they are a little older, many enjoy drawing,
playing with pots and pans or stacking blocks.
These toddler activities can give parents a few moments to relax, fix lunch or perform one of a million other tasks.
One of the favorite indoor toddler games is to make a tent.
This can consist of nothing more than a bed sheet draped over a table or a couple of chairs. With a couple of pillows to sit on, the tent provides an area for toddlers to take their stuffed animals, books or other toys to play.
And remember not to forget the flashlight! The flashlight is definitely the cherry of the cake!
Making a tent allows them a space that is all their own and of which they have full control and authority, which is just as important for toddlers as it is for older children and adults.
There are many crafts for toddlers that can be enjoyed outdoors or indoors.
Some of the outdoor activities can even be modified for indoor play when the weather is bad.
A variation of the shadow art is to draw your
toddler's feet or hands on paper and let them color them.
If your toddler shows an interest in drawing, coloring or painting, there are a variety of crafts that they will enjoy.
Below you'll find a video giving you a few east tips on toddlers and crafts :-)
Easy crafts for kids can include making something they can wear.
This project can be fun for both toddlers and older kids.
A plain white t-shirt can be decorated with their handprints or foot prints.
Let your older kid experiment a bit more by using various tools and methods.
Toddlers love to get outdoors and explore the great unknown
world in which they live. There are many adventures waiting for that
eager and curious toddler of yours.
Let's see, your backyard can be a terrific place to start.
Well, perhaps not Indiana Jones exactly but
close enough anyway! :-)
Take your toddler on an exciting discovery tour in your garden or a nearby park if you have one.
You'll be surprised at the things you may discover:
Getting your child interested in nature is a truly wonderful and
If you sense that your child is interested in animals and nature, grasp this window of opportunity and feed your kid's curiosity in this area. You won't regret it.
From the age of three, my son has been utterly fascinated by the animal kingdom. So much so, that he knew the names of up to 20 dinosaurs (and no they are not easy to pronounce or remember, try saying Parasaurolophus and you'll get my point), how they ate, what their 'weapons' and defenses were etc.
Nature and animals rock!
All children enjoy playing in water
especially when summer days become warm.
A pool can provide hours of fun and filling it with water toys will make it even more entertaining for toddler activities.
Squirt guns, floating toys such as fish, frogs, ducks, boats and submarines and more are available and add to the fun.
A variation on outdoor activities in the pool is the 'toddler pool party':
Remember never to leave your
toddler unobserved when being near or playing with water!
Also, this is a great activity for developing coordination.
A game of hide and seek adapted for the little ones could include hiding an object so they will not get upset if they cannot find you.
Spending time outdoors will allow them to
expend energy and there are a variety of activities that provide
learning experiences as well as just plain fun.
Outdoor play will benefit all children by providing plenty of physical activity as well as fresh air and sunshine.
Here is a quick list of other outdoor activities:
There are numerous math games for kids
If you are to play with
numbers, the basic starting point is learning to count. There are
many ways that you can help your child to learn to count.
Parents have found the easiest way of doing this is to count the things that toddlers are around every day.
Their toys are one. Food is another.
Toddler activities that are part of math
games include finding shapes such as triangles, squares and circles
around the house. Go around the house exploring shapes.
Cut shapes out of play dough while you explain what the shapes are. Put the shapes together to make things such as a train, a house or animals.
Songs are part of the
toddler activities that can help your child learn how to count.
'This Ole Man' (Knick Knack Paddy Whack) is a favorite of children.
'Five Little Monkeys' is another.
Children love to sing as well as looking at books, which can also help them to learn numbers.
There are many books available that include pictures of the numbers as well as the objects that are being counted and this will help your toddler to recognize the numbers and associate them with objects.
Toddler activities that promote learning numbers, shapes and colors can include games such as 'fishing.'
Your toddler will love going fishing
and this is a game that makes learning fun.
Almost all children enjoy cooking whether it is pretend or real.
There are many easy recipes for kids that even your toddler can help
Spending time in the kitchen with your child can include toddler activities that will be just as much of an adventure as a trip to the zoo, the circus or the playground.
There are a variety of recipes that little ones can help to prepare. While they are helping, they can learn. Assisting with a snack or a meal will help to teach shapes, nutrition, measuring and coordination. You don't have to use cookie cutters just for cookies.
If you're making pizzas, you can have your
toddler help you make funny faces on them.
Your toddler might not eat all the stuff that
is on the pizza (e.g. rucola can be a bit strong and bitter) but the
vision of the pizza will surely delight your kid.
The more imaginative you can make this experience, the more they will enjoy the time you spend together in the kitchen.
Here are a few places you can go for more easy recipes for toddlers:
Your Positive Parenting Ally,
21 Inspiring, Educational and Fun Toddler Games
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