Toddlers are like sponges. They often want to do everything you are doing just for the sole purpose of learning. Learning can absolutely be fun, especially if you incorporate bright colors, different textures and different obstacles. The toddler stage is a great stage to introduce educational games.
This does not mean they will be adding numbers or reciting the continents, but through these games, they may better refine their motor skills and memorize shapes and colors. Read ahead for your next activity with your little one that will help them learn while they play.
10 BUILD A HOUSE
By using scrapped pieces of paper of man different shapes and colors, allow your child to decorate on big, piece of paper a large house. Whether this is to represent their own home or an imaginary place, allow their creativity to run while.
This activity will not only allow you to reuse scraps of paper you would have otherwise thrown out, but it will teach the child shapes and colors. It will also allow them to independently form a picture of a home, their own creative land that they made on their own.
9 POM POM NUMBERS
On a large piece of paper, write out the numbers 1-10. Whether you put the numbers in order or scatter them amongst the paper is according to the skill of the toddler permitting. Then, give the toddler a bowl of large pompoms. Preferably of a larger size so that they're not intrigued to eat them.
Regardless, we highly recommend staying next to them during this educational activity. Demonstrate that you would like them to put the right amount of pompoms onto each number. So, on number 5 they must put 5 pompoms.
8 SORT SHAPES
Shape sorting is a great way for the child to recognize when items match. Whether you do this with blocks that you already own or have shapes cut out like the previous activity, allow the toddler to match the shapes and put them into their right pile. So, you will have a pile of circles in front of them.
Next to that there will be a pile of triangles. Continue into as many shapes as you'd like. Give them a bowl of remaining shapes that they must place into their appropriate pile.
7 COLOR HUNT
A scavenger hunt is always a great way to encourage the child to be curious, explore and creative. Because toddlers are so young and do not know many different item's names, begin a scavenger hunt simply by listing colors. Have a piece of paper with colors written one by one.
Then, they must search their backyard or home for items of that matching color. Allow them to carry a basket or a purse for added fun. Don't be surprised if they return with multiple items for each listed color.
6 ALPHABET COOKIE
Learning the alphabet is a great lesson to teach early in life. Not only does it come along with a song that is sung nearly every day at preschool and play centers, but it's a great, educational activity to trace the alphabet letter by letter.
To add to the fun, place an alphabet cookie, found at your local grocery store, beside the letter they must trace. Each time they successfully trace the letter, they may be rewarded with a cookie. You may want to break up each day into 4-5 letters so they're not consuming 26 cookies at a time.
5 ORGANIZE CRAYONS
Crayons are a great starter tool for coloring at a young age. Not only are they virtually mess-free, but they are easy to hold and are inexpensive to replace if need be. Crayons do not necessarily need to exclusively be used for coloring. They can be used for a sorting game, too!
Similarly to the game listed previously with shapes, welcome the child and/or children to sort the crayons by color. Many crayons have different variations of colors. This is a great game to better their knowledge of color and practice their organizational skills.
4 LOCATE THE NUMBER
It's a great tool to teach your young child how to identify numbers. Even if you begin with the numbers 1-5 by the age of 2, this can benefit the child in their coming years. It's easy to practice number identification, with books and pieces of paper. But, to make this educational practice more fun and easy, children love to be independent and know that they're doing the best they can on their own.
So, cut out the numbers 1-5 into squares with tape on their back. Write on a long piece of paper 1-5. Allow the toddler to place the correct number on the correct spot. It'll be a fun and rewarding game they'll want to continue.
3 ORGANIZE FRUIT AND VEG
This is a very practical, helpful and productive game to play. The best time to play this game is right after you've arrived home from the groceries store. Sorting fruits and vegetables is a great way to identify which food item is which.
It can be tricky to tell which is a fruit and which is a vegetable, so you may have to guide the child in the first few tries. Have two large bowls in front of them, along with the grocery bag of produce. Indicate which bowl is for fruit and which for vegetables. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
2 BIG TO SMALL
Toddlers love to organize if you haven't watched our drift. A great educational game to play is sorting items from big and small. Whether you encourage the child to have two piles: one for big blocks and one for small blocks; or: have a line of blocks ranging from small to big (or the other way around) will give them a visual of what small to large truly is.
It will be a very challenging yet rewarding game to play. You'll need to help every once in a while, but it will be a very fun and education activity for your toddler to partake in.
1 PREPARE INGREDIENTS
Preparing meals is one of the most rewarding activities a young child can do. It's amazing to see their creativity come to life; so why not make it a fun and educational game? Making parents and/or caretakers love to bake because it follows a specific recipe.
So, allow the child to read the recipe (the numbers most likely considering age), and assist in the baking game. It's a great bonding experience and they will consider baking and cooking a fun activity, not know it's quite educational.