How do I get started doing activities with my toddler?
Some parents don't know where to start, so today we're sharing our tips! Do you have any to add? Let us know!
- What is my toddler interested in?
- What does my toddler play with the most?
- Does my toddler like sitting down or moving a lot?
- Does my toddler like to get messy?
- What are some skills I want my toddler to work on?
- What are some things my toddler is always getting into?
- Is my toddler a builder or a destroyer?
- How to communicate (language skills)
- How to get their bodies moving (motor skills)
- How to make nice with others (social skills)
- How to get their brains thinking (early learning skills)
- How to use their imaginations (pretend play/imagination skills)
- How to control their bodies & minds (self-regulation skills)
For example, my toddler likes trains and we want to work on communication skills.
Boom! It's like a choose your own adventure.
Try some train pretend play or build a paper train table for some train play. You can chat and work on vocabulary building while you play.
Not sure where to start?
- If you are wanted to get a break from your toddler, try these activities for when mom & dad are busy.
- If you want the day to go quicker and be more structured, try setting up a simple schedule with your toddler. You can see our toddler schedule here.
- Big roll of paper
- Painters tape
- Colored/white cardstock
- Washable paint/markers
- Plastic storage bin (32QT)
- Sensory bin fillers (rice, dried beans, flour, dried oats, etc.)
- Cardboard boxes
- Favorite small toys (dinosaurs, plastic animals, mini Cat-6 trucks, stuffed animals, LEGO bricks, magformers, etc.)
You can also grab our Year of Play ebook for easy activity ideas that are already organized for you!
What to do? Start with simple low-prep ideas so that you aren't frustrated if you set up an activity and it's a "no go" sort of day.
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