Games to Play with Your Toddler

Here are some game you can play with your toddler if they are 16 to 20 months. These games will help them their motor and coordination skills.

Tea Party for Two
Take a child-sized plastic tea set outdoors and fill a large plastic bowl with water. Then pretend you’ve “come to tea” and encourage your toddler to fill the teapot and pour the tea. This funny little game will challenge her coordination skills and help him learn about the properties of water. Like that it always flows down, not up. 🙂

Making Block Patterns
This game requires some concentration on your toddler’s part, so it’s best played after he has had his nap. You can use his building blocks to make simple patterns, such as three in a row or “two up, two down” to make a square. Be sure to encourage him to use other blocks to copy your pattern, then let him try making his own pattern and then copy it yourself. The process of sorting objects like this into shapes will help encourage your toddler’s problem-solving skills.

Roll the Ball
Balls are always popular toys for toddlers. Bouncy balls, are of course, best kept outside, but soft, foam balls make great indoor toys. The best ball game to start playing with your toddler is an simple version of “catch.” In this game, both of you sit on the ground facing each other with your legs apart and toes touching. Then you roll the ball backward and forward to each other without letting it go out of bounds. This is a fun game that is good for building arm muscle strength and hand-eye coordination.

The Collector
Go for a walk with your toddler and take a bucket with you. Collect small objects that interest them — stones, leaves, pine cones. Your toddler will most likely want to carry the bucket, but don’t be surprised if he also dumps its contents and starts again. Toddlers this age love to fill containers and then can empty them again. This helps him with practicing his hand movements and developing dexterity.

We hope that you and your toddler will have lots of fun playing these simple games, and they’ll help her development too!

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