Written by Aarthi Arun and published on 29 April 2021.
Toddlers are quite a handful, especially during the holidays and weekends. If youre wondering how to engage your toddler without losing your mind, youre reading the right article
Another weekend or a holiday? and you're breaking your head to come up with ideas to engage your toddler? Going to the mall may seem like the best option, as the safety and comfort of the indoors may be inviting and you can get to shop and relax. But is it fun for your toddler? Does it count as quality time?
To a child love is spelled T-I-M-E, said the American author and motivational speaker, Zig Zigler. How profound! No expensive toy can replace the comfort of your lap for your toddler. Do you know you have only 940 weekends before your child turns 18? That's not a lot! So, hurry up and don't waste a minute. Here are some fun activities that you can do with your toddler to bond and connect.
The name says it all indulge your child in a messy play. The messier, the merrier. If you're put off by the cleaning up, remember, messy play is one of the best ways for your child to explore and learn. Toddlers learn through their senses, by touching and feeling. Your child's chubby fingers also develop through messy play. What's more? Getting your hands dirty along with your child is an excellent way to unwind, relax and spend quality time.
|Messy Game Ideas|
Take a big tub and offer your child household items like flour, dry pasta, rice, lentils, water, and ice to play with
Add a few drops of food coloring for more fun
|Add accessories like cars and animal figures to encourage the imagination|
|Now allow your child to scoop, pour, mix and explore|
Placing an old sheet/newspaper underneath the tub can minimize the cleanup later on
Watch out for the choking hazards when you're offering items like pasta and lentils
No, you don't have to pack your bags and visit an exotic location. You can camp right in your living room to cozy up with your little explorer.
|Indoor Camping Set-Up|
|Pull a couple of chairs and cover them with a blanket to create a makeshift tent|
|Now, sit inside your camp, have a tea party, enjoy a special snack and read your munchkin's favorite book.|
|For an added thrill, bring a torchlight inside your camp to play shadow games|
Treasure hunts are such fun, but if you're thinking of a proper treasure hunt, hold that thought right there. Your toddler is too young to go for treasure hunting. Instead, take him outdoors and let him collect his own treasures.
|Nature Trail Treasure-Hunt Ideas|
|Go to a nearby park, zoo, or beach, and ask you're curious George to collect stones, twigs, leaves, or shells|
|Hear birdsongs, chase butterflies, dig bugs and feel the sand underneath your feet along with your tot|
|You can also teach him to identify bugs, birds, plants, and trees through this special outing|
|Tip: Bring the collected stones, twigs, leaves, or shells back home for creating artworks|
Can there be anything as exciting as your toddler's oohs and aahs? Create something with your child and gift them a sense of pride and accomplishment. Unlike adults, your toddler is obvious to the rules, and she is not self-conscious of the outcome. Just let your child enjoy the process, and heartily praise her for the efforts. The bonus? You're also boosting her self-confidence.
|Ideas to Create Art and Music Masterpieces with the Little One|
|Make a book with your little artist's artworks|
|Add sticks, stones, beads, and googly eyes to it will take your little artist's creativity to another level|
|You can also dump all the building blocks and create marvelous architecture with your budding engineer|
|Bring some pots and pans from the kitchen to make novel music, singing silly rhymes, and making up tall tales are also considered masterpieces|
Your child is going to reach for the stars no doubt. For starters, show him the beauty of the moon and stars by soaking in the tranquility of the night sky.
|Step-up for Sky Gazing Night|
|Pick a mat and head to your terrace with your little astronaut|
|Lie down on your mat, snuggle up and start counting the stars (Good luck with the counting!)|
|Help your child identify shapes and constellations.|
|If possible, have an exclusive moonlight dinner with your little darling|
At around 18 months, your toddler realizes that he is a person on his own. He will sprint at every opportunity to test his independence. Use this time to teach important skills and help him channel his energy productively.
|Day-to-Day Activities that you can Introduce to your Little One|
|Show them how to water the plants, fold napkins, put away toys or feed the pets.|
|Ask your child to help you crack an egg or arrange socks in pairs|
|Disclaimer: This could be a prolonged process but the experience will stay in both of your memory banks forever. So keep going and don't forget to chat while doing so|