A very important thing you are able to do to support your toddler learn is to invest time with them and stimulate them to play in many different ways.
It is vital that your toddler actively plays every day when possible, go outside and have fun with the fresh air. This isn't always feasible though for some individuals who reside in city flats or in times of bad weather.
‘Indoor Toddler Activities’ are made to promote ideas for parents to stimulate imaginative and brain developing when play indoors.
Several activities can happen to be mother or father direction. When possible, make an effort to follow your child’s lead and use these activities to softly guide and motivate your toddler. Parents can start a concept and stimulate a playful idea and then have a step back again watching their toddler’s creativity go wild.
Please always make sure you watch over your toddler and become aware of the play materials you decide to use. Be careful on water game play and tiny parts to make sure they don’t get in mouths or trapped anywhere they’re not meant to go!
The tips below are suggestions only. Therefore, feel free to change them to meet your desires, resources and conditions.
Tips on starting out with active play:
- Concentrate on activities that are enjoyable;
- You need to be active;
- Provide plenty of options for your toddler to be active every day;
- Give a safe environment to be active;
- Limit Television and internet exposure.
Indoor play for toddler:
- Inflate balloons, kick and run after them throughout the house with your child.
- Let your toddler to help you in your home where safe.
- Play “How many different walks are you able to perform?” for example in reverse, big steps, walking like a cat.
- Put 3 or 4 big cardboard boxes together to make a tunnel for your child to crawl through.
- Make a line with chalk on the floor or lay a long rope on the floor. Request your toddler walking on the line, balancing never to fall off. Change lines to circles, squiggly and zigzags. You can vary the walk style from tip-toe to all fours, moving backwards and so on.
- Create an easy obstacle course at home where your toddler may need to crawl through tunnels, climbs over little cardboard boxes, together with a low beam (ensure this is safe!). Your toddler may take teddy and toys for a lap across the course as well.
- Scrunch up and strapping a piece of paper into a ball, throw it to each other, capture it or beat it with a bat. Or make use of a soft ball that will not smash any home windows.
- Lay a hoop on the floor, request your toddler to hop outside and inside of it. Pretend to become a frog jumping in and from the pond.
- Vibrate a skipping rope on the ground so it goes just like a snake. Your child can make an effort to hop over the rope without touching it.
- Show to your toddler ways to mimic moving as an animal. Encourage them to try hopping just like a rabbit, galloping just like a horse, slithering just like a snake, moving a trunk as an elephant.
- Play hopscotch, by sketching squares with chalk on to the floor.
- Make up silly moves with your child, using various ways to move areas of the body including hopping and skipping, wave your hands, hip and legs and foot.
- Throw a soft ball into a big cardboard box or a laundry basket.
- Place a mattress for your child to roll over.
- Playing hide-and-seek together with your child.
- Have an indoors treasure hunt together with your toddler.
- Play Ring-a-Ring-a-Rosy together with your toddler.
- Play Follow-the-Leader throughout the house with your toddler or using your obstacle course. Change the kind of walk.
- Sit away from your son or daughter with your legs apart. Move a ball forward and backward to one another.
- Play tunnel ball together with your toddler by moving a ball through your legs to one another.
- Move, kick and throw a soft ball that is safe for indoors play.
- Make a carton box with an aim for or color a target on a big piece of paper on the wall structure. Throw the soft ball hitting the target.
- Make indoor active play easy within a part of the house where you can find some space. Use rolled up paper with sellotape or a soft ball to make sure you avoid breakages.
- Watch over your toddler in the bathtub, play with funnels, plastic material water toys, watering can and measuring mugs to move and pour water.
- Walking with a balloon tucked in the middle of your toddler’s legs.
- Find out how high your toddler can hop to touch a balloon suspending from a doorway. Change the height to keep it challenging.
- Suspend a balloon from the door and allow your toddler use a plastic baseball bat to hitting it.