Activities for Toddlers: Fun Toddler Games & Activities


Like all moms, I found once my son
started walking, playtime got a lot more active. I spent a lot of time running
around after my son. Sometimes it would seem like we were
just playing the same thing over and over again. But that’s OK, because little ones like
and need repetition in order to develop new skills. Play is so important at every stage
for their mental and physical development. And once babies are walking and
running, it changes again. Their ability to interact with others,
their ability to make believe and solve problems, makes playtime more
interactive and fun for both of you. Here are a few favorites that kept
short attention spans and active bodies entertained. As children develop new mental skills,
puzzles become a great tool, as well as a toy. Puzzles are a favorite in our house. And they are an excellent way
to help brain development. They help teach shapes and colors, and
they help with eye coordination and fine motor skills. And of course, they are fun too. We kept them simple at first
with large pieces that couldn’t be eaten or swallowed. A four-piece puzzle is a great way to
start, working your way up to more complex puzzles. At first it felt like he was
just being a rascal. But at this stage, my little one really
did love running away from me and being chased. He loved the movement and
the anticipation. And that’s good for babies. They’re putting together multiple skills
they’ve learned in order to play with you. I’d make a big deal out of
it when I caught him. Then I’d let him chase me. Running around was a great way to burn
off a little extra energy, especially for active babies. Babies’ fine motor skills begin
to develop around this age. Finger painting and drawing
help this right along. My little one loved the feel of
the paint on his fingers and making marks on paper. And believe it or not, that messy paint
stimulates the senses and let’s toddlers experience a
variety of textures. I know it looks like a mess, but it
is a learning experience for them. At home, we’d spread out some butcher
paper and turn the floor into a toddler art studio. We also learned the hard way to make
sure we were on a surface that could handle a few stray marks. An important milestone happens around
this age, the ability to make believe. We’d hear our son talking to his toys
alone, or watch him imagining adventures in the living room. We’d turn our couch cushions into
a cave or a fort to play inside. Or we’d use sheets to make a tent. There are pop-up tents on the market,
but I always thought that the homemade kind helped my son imagine
possibilities. It was fun to create play spaces with
items I already had around the house. Throwing or kicking a ball sounds easy
enough, but there are a lot of different skills coming together
in that simple game. Toddlers learn to coordinate many
different movements in their body while they watch an object. It’s amazing when you think about it. And my son loved it. Something as simple as tossing a
ball back and forth was endless entertainment. Plus, watching his little face when he
kicked the ball across the room was a lot of fun. As my little one became more active, it
was almost a gold medal event when it came to changing him. I found that using high quality big boy
pants made changing a breeze so we could keep the play time going. Play times during this stage are some
of my favorite memories with my son. Whatever games you play, I’m sure you’re
enjoying this time together. Each child is unique and your love
and play are just what they need at every stage. On behalf of Pampers, this is Kathleen
Fisher with Howdini. Visit Pampers’ YouTube channel
for more parenting tips.

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  1. Playing the same thing over and over again, making a big deal/celebration over little things like catching each other, being OK with messes – So many great highlights to this video! Love the unstructured play and make believe aspects too!

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