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.)
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.3. How can I get my toddler to play alone?
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