Bring the carnival into your living room to play games that build muscles and coordination.
Toddlers love to "help" their caregivers with mundane tasks like laundry and sweeping. Even if it's not really helping YOU, this type of play is enormously beneficial for your toddler!
Dancing builds flexibility, strength and coordination. And it's too much fun!
Your toddler follows you around all day. Turn it around and let him lead!
At this age, toddlers are more interested in experimenting with paint than creating "artwork."
Simple games like this one help your toddler learn new words while providing important bonding time.
Turn laundry time into learning time, and get your child dressed in a fun way.
Learning can be messy—but it’s also great fun!
With his eyes closed, have your child use his other senses to identify familiar objects.
Parts of the body and face are some of the first words many babies learn. Play this little game to help your toddler learn new words, and have some silly fun!
When cleanup time comes, encourage your child to create a toy display.
Playing games with everyday objects helps children distinguish their common attributes--the fundamentals of classification.
Can toddlers really measure things? In a way, yes. While their attempts at measurement do not look or sound like that of adults, toddlers are beginning to understand the difference between big and small and long and short.
Play a sorting game with your child’s own toys. Familiar categories might be dogs, cats, farm animals and those exciting jungle animals (wow, an elephant!).
Your child's own toys can be a handy tool for helping him control his toddler tantrums.
Being able to follow directions and perform specific actions help children learn to listen and can increase coordination.
Fingerplays are great for giving toddlers an opportunity to coordinate fingers motions and words.
Use different voices while you read aloud to your child. This emphasizes that stories have different characters and helps your child engage with the story.
Play Simon Says to teach your child the parts of the body, from head to feet.
Help your child learn to correctly name the parts of the head and face.
If You’re Happy and You Know It (Clap your Hands) is a great song to help your child develop physical skills and follow directions.
Teach your toddler her numbers while exercising her growing body.
Even if you don't speak a second language, you can provide early exposure to language with bilingual toys, books and lullabies. When should you introduce a new language? The earlier the better. Your bambino is listening!
Read the ABCs! Don’t worry if your toddler doesn’t yet recognize the letters in his alphabet book. Letters are just one of several symbol systems your child is beginning to notice. Encourage this awareness by pointing out the letters in your child's name. Point out letters everywhere—on cereal boxes, on signs and on blocks.
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