It doesn’t have to cost money to keep your tot entertained. Children often have the most fun when things are free, and activities simple.
Try these fun ideas.
1. Blow bubbles
Your tot will love blowing bubbles and chasing them around to see if she can catch them. Not only is this loads of fun but it also enhances hand-eye and hand-mouth coordination.
2. Read a book
Make reading interactive by collecting books with flaps and asking your tot questions about the story.
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3. Build a tower
Stacking wooden blocks helps improve grasping skills and hand-eye coordination.
4. Build a puzzle
Simple puzzles, as well as shape-sorting ones, reinforce your child’s ability to learn colours.
5. Play a card game
While your little one might not be ready for complex card games, you can still have fun with cards. Take an empty ice cream tub, cut a slit in the lid of the container, big enough to slide cards through and then let your toddler post all the cards. She’ll love it.
6. Build an obstacle course
Stack up piles of pillows to make an obstacle course for your toddler to climb over. You can also build a box tunnel for your little one. All you need are a couple of empty boxes. Open up the bottoms and the tops of the boxes and tape them together to make a long tunnel.
7. Shadow tracing
Take advantage of the sunny days, and head outside when the sun is out. Stand still as your little one traces your shadow and plays a guessing game. Ask her to guess what your shadow looks like – a tree or an animal, maybe. Change positions and trace your little one’s shadow, and start the guessing game again.
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