5 great games for toddlers

5 great games for toddlers

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Narrator: Play is key to your toddler's social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Now that your child is a little older, his play will become more imaginative and complex.

Here are five great game ideas for toddlers age 1 and older. Each game helps your toddler build important skills.

It's important to remember that each toddler develops at a different pace. If yours isn't ready for a particular activity, try again in a few weeks.

Toddler game: Block Party

A good game for younger toddlers is called Block Party. It's ideal for kids around 14 months old, but older and younger children may also enjoy it.

To play Block Party, join your toddler on the floor with a pile of blocks. Stack the blocks on top of each other, and talk about what you're doing as you stack them. Once you've built a tower, knock it over or invite your child to knock it over. Then repeat the game.

Roni Cohen Leiderman, Ph.D., Dean of Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida: Block play is a fun activity for toddlers. It gives them the opportunity to do constructive play like building. It gives them the opportunity to use language, "give me the big one" and the child hands it to you. Learns different colors and shapes, sizes. And also it gives children a sense of accomplishment.

Toddler game: Under Cover

Narrator: Our next game is called Under Cover. It's ideal for toddlers around 13 months old, but older and younger children may also enjoy it.

Leiderman: Under Cover is played with children by taking an object or yourself and either partially or fully covering yourself or this object with a small blanket or towel, and letting your child find out where that person or the object is.

As you're playing Under Cover you're saying things like, "Where's the turtle?" or "Where's mommy?"

Mother: Where's the turtle? Where is it? There it is! Good job!

Leiderman: and letting your child know that this is a fun back and forth exchange game. At some point you might want to cover your child if it's not too scary for them, and pull it off very quickly. "There's Jonathan! There's Ryan!"

Under Cover is a great game for toddlers. Under Cover is a game that allows your child to have an idea of object permanence, which means you know something exists, you hold it in your mind, and you have to look for it. And we know children have that when Mom leaves the room. A child can't see you, but they cry for you because they remember you exist. Well that's the same thing with objects.

Toddler game: Beanbag Basketball

Narrator: The next game, Beanbag Basketball, is ideal for toddlers around 18 months old, but older and younger children may also enjoy it.

To play Beanbag Basketball, join your child on the floor and give her a beanbag. You can also use a ball, a rolled-up sock, or anything that's not breakable.

Place a basket or container next to you. Drop the beanbag in and then take it out a few times. Suggest that your child give it a try.

After a few rounds, move the basket and show her how to throw the bag into the basket. Clap when your child throws the bag, whether she gets it in or not.

Supervise your child closely when playing with beanbags since beans can be a choking hazard.

Leiderman: The skills that are developed with Beanbag Basketball for toddlers include sharing, cooperation, turn taking. It's also about eye-hand coordination. It's also about the idea of following Mom or Dad's model, paying attention to instructions, following directions. And really about self-esteem, doing something and having Mommy or Daddy hooray you once you did it makes a child feel really good about themselves.

Toddler game: We’re on a Roll

Narrator: Another great game for older toddlers is We're on a Roll. It's ideal for kids around 23 months old, but older and younger children may also enjoy it.

To play We're on a Roll, set up something flat and long to be your ramp, like a tray, a firm sheet of cardboard, or a large book. Prop the high end on something like a pillow or pile of books. Start trying to roll and slide things down the ramp. Then let your toddler do it.

Leiderman: We're on a Roll is a game about objects that can slide or can't slide down an incline. So, for young children, have various objects on the top of the incline. It can be everything from balls that will obviously go down easily and quickly to things that maybe have a rubber base or are flat like a squeeze-y toy that might stick and not go down quite as easily.

"And she didn't go all the way down but the balls did!"

Talk about the colors, talk about the textures, talk about the shapes, give a lot of hoorays when they make things go down, and give a lot of feeling of self-esteem for your child that they're able to release it, go down and find it and bring it back to you. So those – again: rules, sharing, cooperation, language and motor skill development, all in one game.

Toddler game: Ring-Around-the-Rosy

Narrator: Our last game for toddlers is one that you probably played too – Ring-Around-the-Rosy. It's ideal for toddlers around 19 months old, but older and younger children may also enjoy it.

A quick refresher on how to play: Clear a space so that everyone has enough room to hold hands, walk in a circle, and sit down without hitting anything. As you're walking – or galloping – in a circle, sing:

A pocket full of posies
Ashes, ashes
We all fall down!

Narrator: On "fall down," sit quickly on the floor – and expect big laughs.

Leiderman: Ring-Around-the-Rosy is such a hit with toddlers and has been for generations and generations and generations. And there's a reason for that. Children love being with other children – or Mom or Dad or teacher. Doing something where you know something fun is going to happen. We see children holding hands and as soon as the song starts they start giggling in anticipation. So they're listening, they're anticipating, they're cooperating, they're doing all the things we want young toddlers to do. And having fun on top of it. So Ring-Around-the-Rosy, I think every child in the world has played. Whatever the language or culture you're in, it's a hit.

Narrator: Of course, there are many, many more great games to play with your toddler. Search "toddler games" on our site for more ideas. And have fun!

Watch the video: Matching u0026 Logic Games for Kids. Developing Logic Skills for Preschool. Kids Academy (May 2022).


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