It’s an adorable age when little ones start to toddle around and make cute noises and words. It’s also an age of exploration and discovery, demanding new and engaging toddler games at every twist and turn.
While children develop at different times, typical 18-month old milestones include refering to themselves by name, and echoing what people say. They are also receptive to lots of praise, so be sure to praise them for good behaviour, like eating all the food on their child's plate, or for sharing their toys.
To help inspire some fun ways to play together, here's a couple of great games for toddlers you might want to try out:
A great way to help with coordination skills, and especially for warmer summer days. Get a bucket and a couple of soft balls and invite your toddler to throw them in from a reasonable distance. Make it fun by moving the bucket a little bit further every time!
Catch the bunny
This one’s great for encouraging toothy giggles! Find your child’s favourite soft toy, be it a bunny, a dinosaur, a toy train, or baby dolls, and bring her downstairs for some fun and games. The simple game of throw and catch can be made more fun (indeed hysterical for kids) when you tell bunny off for jumping out of your hands, watch them laugh!
Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
A great way for your child to familiarise themselves with body parts and have fun along the way. Sing the classic ‘heads, shoulders, knees and toes’ rhyme, asking your little one to point to the part as you go along. It’s less about getting it right and more about having fun!
For this you will need some colourful balls of various colours and some big spots to correspond with them. Mixing up all the balls, tell your child to put the right colours in the right pile. This is a great way to get them to understand colour recognition as well as grouping items.
Hop little bunny
Bunnies aren’t just for Easter! This classic kid’s song invites children to ‘hush’ and sleep like little bunnies, before bursting out hopping around the place. Great fun, as well as a good game for toddlers to run off all that excess energy!
Hide and Seek
Ok, so they don’t quite understand the concept of hiding themselves just yet, so it’s best to be the hider, as they come and find you. Mind, don’t hide anywhere too discreet – keep it obvious, it will still be very exciting for them to come and get you. Watch out!
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