5 Fun and Educational Games to Play With Toddlers
Toddlers are brimming with energy and curiosity; if you can utilize this opportunity to teach them their cognitive and emotional skills will develop well and they will grow up into a well-rounded personality. Here are five games that make learning fun for your toddler.
- Simon says: This is a classic game of childhood where Simon calls out some instructions and everyone must follow; you can play with a group of kids or even one to one. What makes the game so enjoyable is that you can practically say any quirky or silly thing and the crows must follow. This game teaches little kids to follow instructions, learn about their body parts, learn about actions, colors etc.
- Hot and Cold: A simple game to teach toddlers patience, perseverance and the love for exploration. In this game, any object like the mickey mouse toys for 1-year-olds can be hidden and the child encouraged to search for it; when the child is near the object you call out “hot” and when far you shout “cold.”
- Parachute: A very interesting game that teaches the skill of listening, being sharp and following instructions; it also teaches kids to work as a team. Hold a large sheet in all four corners and then when you call out, “Up Up Up,” the kids raise the sheet and “down down” they bring it Little kids really enjoy when you say, “under under under,” and they get to huddle under the sheet together.
- Scavenger hunt: A jocular way to teach about colors, shape, and improve the cognitive skills of the child as it tries to remember the command and find the object of a particular color, shape or material.
- Hide and seek: Probably one of the favorites of not only toddlers but even elementary schools’ kids, hide-and-seek teaches many things to kids. It teaches that even though things are not visible they exist; it teaches them about space, coordination,and agility as they try to fit into the tiniest of hiding places.