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Games Parents Can Play with Toddlers

Playing games with toddlers is a moment of joy and fun for both the toddler and the parent. Here are simple games which parents can play with toddlers.

Playing is essentially a learning activity for your toddler. As the kid grows up, he becomes more and more active and you would want him to engage himself in a positive manner. Games are an excellent way to engage the high energy of the kid and also aid him in his development. For a toddler game helps him to condition himself with the
learning environment that he is soon to be in, in his preschool. At the outset it will be difficult to get the kid follow the rules of any game, but you need to be patient with him and slowly he will not only understand the rules, but soon grow smart enough to beat you in it!

Toddlers are always high on energy. They would love to move around a lot and play something where there is a good deal of circular movements. You can select a game of your choice and get your toddler, be it one or more than one and be present at the say, the center and you will have the activity happening all around you.

Games for Toddlers

Here are some games which parents can play with toddlers.

Board Games

There are numerous varieties of board games that you can choose from, to play with the toddler. Go for the ones that require counting. Counting of squares, units where the kid is required to count as per the dice is an excellent way to teach them numbers. Then if you are choosing something that has counting through ladders, the kid learns about the direction of movement too.

Word Games

This can be a part of the board game too. You have to form a word with the given set of alphabets. It is a wonderful way to teach words to the kid and enhance his vocabulary.

Two Little Blackbirds

This requires hand motions accompanied with songs. The toddler learns a good deal about opposites through this game. Instruct the toddler to keep his hands behind his back when you say “Two little blackbirds sitting on the hill”. Then one hand is brought affront with the index finger extended, when you say “One named Jack”. The other hand is brought in front with the index finger extended when you say “One named Jill.” Now, the hand that represents Jack is put behind when you say “Fly away, Jack!” Repeat the same motion when you say “Fly away, Jill!” with the other hand. Jack is again brought in front when you say “Come back, Jack!” This is a sort of exercise that you can repeat in different manners accompanied by actions to teach the toddler the variations and difference in motions.

How to Play Games with Toddlers

You need to remember as a parent that games should be a fun occasion for the kid. He should be able to enjoy himself and learn something too. But in order to make him learn, do not emphasize too much on the rules right at the onset.

Allow the toddler some time to get accustomed to the rules of the game, as you explain it to them with patience time and again. At the beginning, he might think any move is justified. Make sure that you are gentle, patient and firm when you explain why he is wrong in his understanding. When you make your move in the game say aloud the rule, it would be a nice way to demonstrate and it also helps the toddler to learn better. Within a couple of weeks you will find that the kid has got a hang of it and understand that there is a certain way to play a certain game and will play accordingly.

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Divam.5 years ago
Toddlers love when parents play with them. simple games help in learning and development process. Toddlers learn the value of rules and regulations
Susheel.5 years ago
Parents should play with toddlers as this will enhance their learning power. Kids will be able to comprehend and grasp easily. Board games are n excellent idea.
Lekha Tondon.5 years ago
Nice game ideas given....will play with my kid. do suggest some more game ideas.
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