8 Activities to Do with your Toddler
I think we can all agree that toddlers love fun games and activities. So much so, that once they’re done with one activity, they can’t wait to find out what the next will be! Naturally, it can be tough to think up new ways to keep your toddler entertained.
Thankfully, we’ve got 8 ideas for you to consider!
1. Making Cards
Kids love creating things. Give your toddler access to pens, crayons, magazines – anything and everything they can use to make a masterpiece. Get your toddler to make a card for somebody close to them. It can be a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, or even their daycare teacher!
Plus, there’ll be the added bonus of making someone’s day when they receive the card.
Two for one – keep your toddler entertained, and tire them out! A simple game of tag will keep your little one entertained for ages – just make sure you can keep up while they use some of their seemingly endless supply of energy!
Talk about keeping your toddler entertained for ages…
Hide-and-seek is a fantastic way to keep your young one entertained. They will revel in outwitting you – even when you can see their toes sticking out from behind the curtain.
4. Create a Fortress
Have fun in your living room. Collect a bunch of blankets, sheets, and cushions. Create a tent-like structure and fill it with toys and other interesting things. If you’re feeling daring, you could even initiate a sort of camping sleepover, where you pull out some mattresses and shake up the normal sleeping arrangements.
5. Watch a Movie
Pull out a DVD and watch something with your toddler. Ask them what they want to watch, and keep them enthralled for the next 90 minutes. Don’t forget to make some popcorn and something to drink, and snuggle up with a blanket if it’s cold! This one is particularly useful if the weather is rainy outside.
6. Messy Games
Kids love getting messy! Most of the time, the game doesn’t really matter – it’s just about getting completely filthy. If you’re playing inside, make sure you use something to protect your furniture. Playing with finger paint is always a great option, but if you want to get out in nature, muddy puddles are always a blast. Good luck with the washing afterwards!
7. Read a Book
You’ve probably done this before, but try adding some spice to your storytimes. Your toddler will love it if you use special voices for different characters. Never forget that you’re the most important, entertaining person in your toddler’s life – if you make yourself seem silly, they will find it hilarious. Also, try to make storytime more interactive. Ask your toddler how they feel about events in the story, or ask them what they would have done in the same situation.
8. Go Somewhere New
Your toddler will appreciate going to a new, interesting place. Exploration is a huge part of this stage of life, so take part in this process. Examples of good places to take your toddler are parks, zoos, and restaurants. Parks will provide your toddler with a massive amount of free space to express themselves.
Zoos will introduce your toddler to real-life versions of animals they’ve read about or seen on television. Perhaps they’ll even learn about some new animals! Restaurants usually have special menus for toddlers. Some also offer balloons, colouring books, and play areas.
Having fun is important! Not just for your toddler, but for you too. Your toddler will pick up on your positive energy and be happier when you’re enjoying your activities together.