Toddlers are full of energy! The question for most parents is how to channel all that energy into some sort of meaningful activity without squashing their child’s enthusiasm.
Play Educational Games
Most toddlers love to practice skills like the alphabet and counting. The key to keeping your toddler happy while practicing is to allow them to move. Have your toddler jump each time you say a number or clap each time you say a letter of the alphabet.
Practice Acting Skills
Most experts recommend that parents read to their children for at least 20 minutes a day. This is something that is important, but it’s hard to do when you have an active toddler who can’t sit still for more than a few moments.
Choose books with lots of action and have your child act out the events in the book. If there is barking, shouting, roaring or other sounds, have your child mimic the sounds. Ask your child to point out different characters or animals in the book to keep their attention focused.
Most toddlers love to get messy and make a mess. Tactile activities are perfect for this age group. For example, you can help your child to write his name in shaving cream that has been spread over a mirror. Your child will also love to finger paint! If possible, have your child paint outdoors where you can contain the mess and have them wear old clothing in which to paint.
You can create more tactile activities for your child by filling a large bowl with rice. Put different objects in the rice and have your child sift through the rice to find the items . Be sure to supervise your child as some of the objects may be small enough to create a choking hazard.
Most toddlers don’t like baths, but they certainly do enjoy playing in the water once they are in the bath tub. Turn tub time into learning time by purchasing foam letters which can stick to the side of the tub when wet. Help your child spell out his or her name with the letters.
You can make or purchase tub crayons to use during bath time. These crayons can be used to draw on the bath tub and the crayon marks wash off easily with water.
You can also purchase foaming bath soap in different colors. The foaming soap is an easy way to get your child to get washed up without too much trouble. Who knows, you child may actually ask you to take a bath!
These are just a few of the fun, educational activities that may interest your toddler. Other than watching television, what are some activities that your toddler enjoys to do?