Games to play with toddlers
Toddlers are just starting to discover how this big, exciting and complicated world works, using their bodies to explore everything from the kitchen floor to the sandbox. Playtime gets to be even more fun with toddlers. They are in full discovery mode and learning to communicate better with gestures, sounds and words. In addition, they are learning to stand on their own two feet and walk both forwards and backwards.
Even better, soon they’ll be running, jumping and climbing. They’ll also use their fingers and hands to explore in more complex ways (so make sure you are ready for some exercise).
Every child has a different style of exploring. Some toddlers are very action oriented. Others will enjoy a calmer play and get greater pleasure from quiet playtime.
Try a few toddler games recommended below and see what works best for your toddler.
Running, Climbing and Action Games
Classic games for kids like “Ring Around the Rosie” and “London Bridge” are games that most toddlers enjoy and encourage them to move, sing, listen, take turns and cooperate.
As always, going to the park, playground and play dates in the backyard provide opportunities to run, climb and play with other children. On a rainy day, try activities for kids like creating an obstacle course indoors or building a tent and telling a story.
Let’s Do It Again…and Again…and Again
Repetition is how toddlers learn to figure out how things work and fit together. They may fill a box with toys and dump them out repeatedly to comprehend full and empty and in and out.
In addition, toddlers may want to hear the same story over and over or sing the same song again and again. This type of repetition helps a toddler to know what to expect and provides a sense of security and control.
Even better, it helps them to explore through learning, mastering new skills and helps boost their self-confidence.
Name That Tune
As toddlers learn through imitation, they’ll enjoy singing songs and you reading books with words that rhyme to them. Words are easier to learn when they rhyme or are put to music. To engage your toddler, try pausing a song. Do they know the next words? Dance to the music with them and exercise their legs and arms.
This is a wonderful way to help a toddler express themselves and experience the freedom of movement.
A large part of exploring for toddlers is discovering and learning how to make things work. Toddlers use their fingers and hands to push buttons, put things into boxes and dump the box, or turn pages. Knowing how to push and pull allows your toddler to play music and enjoy a treasured book. In addition, your toddler may also enjoy finger painting, coloring, playing with dough or squeezing water from a sponge.
JOHNSON’S® recognizes the importance of toddlers using their hands to engage and explore the world around them, touching and feeling everything they get exposed to, and in this making them more exposed to dirt and germs on their hands.
Hand washing is an important part of a toddler’s routine and can help protect them from germs and expand their development and growth by simply teaching them the importance of hand hygiene. JOHNSONS Pure Protect has developed a hand wash which is mild and gentle on your toddler’s hands, ensuring that no matter what activity they engage in, they are always gently protected.