Playing games with your toddler is a fun and engaging way to help them develop important skills like communication, problem-solving, and creativity. Many people don’t realize, but when your child is a toddler is the one time in their lives where they learn the fastest and also need more interacting to understand how the world work and how to maneuver through life.
As my daughter is coming close to the age of 4, I have truly learned a lot about myself, but at the same time, have learned a lot about my daughter. Family time and daddy/daughter days have allowed me to be able to show my love for her, but also build communication skills, learn about shapes, understand the power of numbers, alphabets and more.
When people told me that the years before the age of 5 will be some of the best years of your life with your child, I listened and I do not regret any amount of time I have been able to spend watching my daughter grow. Within this time, we have played a lot of games, but some she has come to love more than others.
Here are five creative games you can play with your toddler:
- Simon Says: This classic game is great for helping toddlers develop their listening and following directions skills. You can start by giving simple commands like “Simon says touch your nose” or “Simon says jump up and down”. If your toddler does the action without you saying “Simon says”, they’re out.
- Treasure Hunt: Hide small objects around the room and give your toddler clues to find them. For example, “The treasure is hiding under something that makes a noise when you step on it.” This game is great for developing problem-solving skills and encouraging your toddler’s curiosity.
- Build a Fort: Use blankets, pillows, and other household items to create a fort with your toddler. This game encourages creativity and imagination while also developing fine motor skills as your toddler helps build the fort.
- Dancing Game: Put on some music and dance with your toddler. Encourage them to come up with their own dance moves or copy yours. This game helps develop gross motor skills and is a great way to get some exercise together.
- Color Match: Find objects around the house that match different colors and encourage your toddler to find them. For example, “Can you find something red?” This game helps develop color recognition skills and encourages your toddler to explore their surroundings.
Remember, the most important part of playing games with your toddler is to have fun and enjoy spending time together!