Games for Toddlers
As toddlers, kids are discovering the world through their
five senses. And they learn best in an environment
of fun. Here are a few fun and educational games for toddlers
that don't involve computers or TV.
Music is a good tool for learning and toddlers love to sing
and dance. The rhythm and the lyrics teach hand-to-eye
coordination, tone and memorization. Once kids are two
years old they can usually walk without wobbling too
much. Their balance is even between both feet and they
are learning to jump and run.
These skills are helpful in songs like “Hokey Pokey”.
They learn the right from the left foot and the right from the
left arm. Perform the song once for them and then have
them try it with you. Both kids and parents will get a
laugh out of the song and the game. Don’t worry about how
well they perform the movements. Over time, they will
improve. “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Row, Row, Row your
Boat” are also good songs for movement and rhythm.
We can still remember nursery rhymes from when we were
infants. Why? Nursery rhymes are told over and over
to kids. Even though your child can’t read yet, use
picture books to tell the story of the nursery rhymes.
When you recite them, use a sing-song rhythm. Start off
with simple ones like “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and “Mary
had a Little Lamb”.
Picture books are excellent for familiarizing toddlers with
animals and their sense of touch. The book “Pat the
Bunny” has soft surfaces that imitate the furry coat of a
bunny. Children can feel the softness and associate it
with a bunny rabbit. Other picture books have foods and
other items in it that kids see in their homes. After
reading the book, you could take your toddler around the house
and see if he/she can find any of the book items in the
You can take a nature walk outdoors with your child.
This is a chance to teach your child about the world beyond
their home. You can examine trees, leaves and the
grass. Let toddlers feel each thing and see if they can
repeat the words that you say. Taking them outdoors in
all types of weather introduces them to the idea of rain, snow,
cold, heat and wind. Tell them that their outerwear will
change depending on the weather for the day.
Kids like to pull things out and spread them on the
floor. Use that behavior as a chance to teach them about
fruits and vegetables. Purchase the fake fruit that
usually comes with play kitchens. As the child picks up
each piece, call out the name.
When your child learns to say the names themselves you can
play a game with the food called “Fruit Basket Upset”.
Throw the fruit up in the air. As you call out the name
of the fruit the child has to pick it up and put it in his or
her own basket. The child with the most fruit in their
basket gets a prize.
A board game that combines fun with exercise is The Yoga Garden Game. This is a hit with
my own kids.
Learning doesn’t have to be boring. When you start off
making learning fun, toddlers will continue to enjoy the