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
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
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
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.