Your toddler is active and playful – they’re sleeping through the night (ish) and things are getting easier.
Now they’re moving more, their inquisitive little minds need entertainment and stimulation – they’re keen to learn and are curious, looking for new things to do.
But spending the day at home and keeping up with your little adventurer can be exhausting, and it can be hard to think of places to go and things to do.
So here are five fun activities to play with toddlers that you’ll both enjoy.
1. Obstacle course
The only limit to this game is your imagination, and the variety of items in your house.
Gather together any of the following:
- Sleeping bag
- Bean bag
Lay them out on the floor as an obstacle course . Use cushions as stepping stones, a sleeping bag to wriggle under, an unturned bucket to balance on – then set the timer, and go!
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Dance like no-one’s watching.
A good boogie with your little one is a wonderful stress reliever for you too so do your stretches then get moving to your favourite tunes.
Add some excitement by pausing the track at intervals and directing your toddler to FREEZE when the music stops. This works all those little muscles and helps improve balance and coordination.
3. Get outside
A change of scenery is good for both of you, and getting outdoors can produce rapid improvements in mental wellbeing and self-esteem.
The benefits of getting outside are well known, but competition from tablets, smartphones and TV means children are spending much less time outdoors than their parents did when they were growing up.
You can nurture your child’s love of nature from a very young age and make it fun when they’re toddlers by spending time exploring nature, whether that’s going for a walk in the woods or simply laying on the grass looking at the clouds.
4. Indoor bowling
Remove all breakables, lift the vases off the ground, and round-up all those plastic bottles and cups from the cupboards in the kitchen. It’s time to go bowling.
Line up six to ten bottles or cups at the end of the hall and place a stick at the opposite end to show where to stand while bowling.
Using a medium-sized ball, stand behind the stick starting line and aim at your bottles. Try drawing numbers try and knock down just the number threes.
5. Hide & seek
Ready or not? Here I come!
Classic hide and seek creates much excitement for toddlers. It helps develop their problem-solving skills as they try to work out the best hiding places and track down the hiders.
The exercise of racing to find a hiding spot also helps build stamina and aids muscle development, while tucking into small spaces helps coordination and balance.
Take it in turns to be seeker and set rules on where to hide to stay safe.
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