Six fun activities for your toddler proven to foster their development
These are really helpful and will bring your toddler on leaps and bounds.
Watching your child figure out what they want to eat, play with, and wear is one of the most rewarding things in the world.
At two-years-old, your toddler is developing their independence and it's important to aid them in that as much as you can.
We've compiled some of the best activities you can do with your child to challenge their thinking and keep them engaged thanks to the experts at Mother.ly.
Sensory activities are a must with toddlers.
- Pick up some lavender, vanilla or lemon scented play-dough. It promotes sensory development and relaxation in children and would be a great addition to your toddler's play station.
- Sensory bins are a great way to get your kid exploring different textures. Fill trays or bins with rice, sand or beans and allow your child to have a feel around them. You can even throw in some of your child's small toys to keep them entertained.
- The big dig. This is an interesting activity that will promote fine motor skills, problem-solving and a cool sensory experience for your child. Freeze your child's small toys in a block of ice and allow them to chip away and dig for it. It's great fun, they love it.
Development activities to do with your toddler.
- Shape hide and seek. Hide cut out shapes (all in different colours) around your house and help your child find them - just like hide and seek. This is incredible for their development and will bring your two-year-old on leaps and bounds. It builds shape recognition, problem-solving, and motor skills as they collect the triangles, squares, circles and stars.
- Alphabet matching. This is a fun and quick game you can do with your toddler that'll give them strong foundations heading into primary school. All you have to do is create flashcards with uppercase and lowercase letters and have your child match the corresponding pairs. After a few days, ask them to find the letters in their name which promotes letter recognition, memory skills, and early literacy development - amazing.
- Grab and go. This is almost like a game you'd play at a Halloween party. Put some different shaped balls (tennis ball, sliotar, golf ball) into a basin, give your child a tong or spoons and ask them to scoop the ball up and place it into another basin. This strengthens their hand-eye coordination and concentration. You can even ask them to pick up a specific ball each time.
There are lots of things we can do to help out child grow and flourish so give these a try.