Games to play with your toddler

1. Running, Climbing and Action Games
Classic games for kids like "Ring Around the Rosie" and "Piggy in the middle" are games that most toddlers enjoy and encourage them to move, sing, listen, take turns and cooperate. As always, going to the park, playground and play dates in the garden provide opportunities to run, climb and play with other children. On a rainy day, try activities for kids like creating an obstacle course indoors or building a tent and telling a story.

2. Let's Do It Again…and Again…and Again
Repetition is how toddlers learn to figure out how things work and fit together. They may fill a box with toys and dump them out repeatedly to comprehend full and empty and in and out. In addition, toddlers may want to hear the same story over and over or sing the same song again and again. This type of repetition helps a toddler to know what to expect and provides a sense of security and control. Even better, it helps them to explore through learning, mastering new skills and helps boost their self-confidence.

3. Name That Tune
As toddlers learn through imitation, they'll enjoy singing songs and you reading books with words that rhyme to them. Words are easier to learn when they rhyme or are put to music. To engage your toddler, try pausing a song. Do they know the next words? Dance to the music with them and exercise their legs and arms. This is a wonderful way to help a toddler express themselves and experience the freedom of movement.

4. Busy Hands
A large part of exploring for toddlers is discovering and learning how to make things work. Toddlers use their fingers and hands to push buttons, put things into boxes and dump the box, or turn pages. Knowing how to push and pull allows your toddler to play music and enjoy a treasured book. In addition, your toddler may also enjoy finger painting, colouring, playing with dough or squeezing water from a sponge.

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