Toddlers and wobblers are starting to appreciate the joy of imaginative role play, particularly anything that involves copying grown-ups like food shopping. Spend some time collecting your used boxes, bottles and cartons or cutting out photos of food from magazines. Make sure the containers are clean, flaps are taped backed together and that it is in reasonably good condition. You can wash some fruit and vegetables and stack them on.
Just because you’re inside doesn’t mean you can’t go anywhere! Why not go on a train ride? Start by lining up your kitchen or dining room chairs one behind the other in a neat row. Explain to your toddler that you’ve made a train and it needs someone to drive it and it needs passengers too (teddies make the best passengers). Use a lid from a pot and take it.
This is a fun, creative project for a toddler that lets their artistic side shine through! Decorating a flower pot is not only fun, but it’s a great chance to introduce gardening to children as well. You can pick up some small terracotta pots in some of the supermarkets, or DIY stores and they aren’t too expensive. Use paint, construction paper, glue, glitter etc, maybe cut out some flower shapes.
Playing with food is not always such a bad thing! Give your toddler an opportunity to work on fine motor skills at the same time as getting a healthy snack. You will be surprised at the concentration and effort that will go into this game! Choose a couple of soft fruits that have been peeled and washed already. Good choices are bananas, watermelon, large grapes and strawberries. Get a plastic.
It doesn’t matter what the weather is, toddlers absolutely love playing with water both inside and outside the house. Try new ways of experimenting with this great sensory activity such as this idea below. For safety and to avoid confusion, I prefer to buy a special water spray bottle for this game and only ever fill it with water, rather than use an empty household one. The small ones are.
Yes, we know it’s terribly old-fashioned, but who doesn’t remember the joy of drawing with chalk from their own school days? These days the varieties of this wonderful art medium are never ending, as are the ways in which toddlers can play with them. Take a look below for some new inspiration about an old favourite! Chalk can be white, coloured, big and fat for toddler hands, or thin and.
Take your toddler on a walk outside with the mission being that together you are going to collect rocks and stones. The great thing about this kind of adventure is that it doesn’t matter what the weather is like – even if it’s raining your little one will enjoy seeking stones and jumping in puddles along the way! Start the play off by telling your toddler to choose an easy-to-carry.
Would you like to come to a tea party? Imagine the rush of independence that comes when your little one is allowed to be in charge of her very own tea party! This is a great game to play after nap-time. Start building up the suspense in advance, “I have a surprise for you”, “wait till you see who’s come for tea!”. Hopefully you’ve had time to invite some “friends”,.
Very young children enjoy this sensory activity especially when they can’t go outdoors to the sandbox when the weather isn’t co-operating! You’ll need a large bucket, play sand, large plastic tub (the Tupperware type is good), small plastic frogs, snakes, insects, etc. You can place some large towels in the middle of the floor just in case there are some spills. I use an old wipeable table-cloth for these kinds.
Gather about 10 items to serve as bowling pins, (empty milk cartons, plastic drink bottles, upside-down paper cups, kitchen roll cores etc). Set up the “bowling pins” like in a bowling alley. Mark a line with tape. It’s a good idea to try this in a corridor as it will help your little bowler with rolling the ball in the right direction. Have your toddler stand behind the line of.