Written by Sahana Charan and published on 22 April 2021.
Children in the 2-3 year age group love spending time outdoors and are quite adept at playing on their own. Here are a few games that your little bundle of joy can play outside while getting some fresh air
Toddlers can be quite a handful, as they are at a stage where they are learning new things and having new experiences every single day. Children in this age group are stimulated by the world around them and are eager to try new activities.
That's why it's the best time to take them outdoors to explore and play some simple games. According to the UK-based Infant and Toddler Forum, toddlers should get at least three hours of physical activity daily.
At 2-3 years of age, they will be able to jump, hop, climb on a climbing frame and kick a ball. So, it's a good idea to design games that involve these skills. Moreover, toddlers are usually comfortable exploring by themselves and may still not have learned to play with other kids. So opt for games that can play by themselves. However, they will need adult supervision while playing outdoors.
Here are some unique and fun games that your toddler can play outdoors:
This game can be played in your garden/backyard or any small neighborhood park. Take some colored cardboard pieces and fashion out different things out of it – fish and animal shapes, flowers and so on. Make no more than five pieces or your child may get tired. These should be big enough for them to look for and identify. Hide these in various corners of the garden and tell your little one to look for them. Since they are learning to retrieve things, this game would be a good game for this age group.
Get a softball or a light plastic one, which is not too big and play catch. It's a simple game but it will keep your toddler busy for a long time. Point out spots in the garden or a safe place outside your house and ask her to throw the ball at that spot. Alternatively, you can make some holes in the ground, mark them with colored flags and ask your child to throw a ball of the matching hue into the right hole. This is a great way to teach her about colors.
Who doesn't love playing with bubbles? Sometimes, even adults can't resist it! Toddlers love to have fun blowing bubbles, catching them, and splashing about in the soapy water. You can make your own soap solution by creating a mixture of water, liquid dish wash and a little glycerin. This will be safe for your toddler and will also be the perfect way to have fun outside.
This is an innovative game to expand your little one's vocabulary, while also having loads of fun. Go to the backyard or to a park/sidewalk near your house and encourage your child to walk around, while identifying different things present there. Ask her to name the alphabet or sound with which the name of that particular object begins. For example -- for a bench, she should say 'b' and for a tree, she should say 't'. In this way, your toddler learns alphabets and phonetic sounds.
For toddlers, every activity is a learning opportunity. It's important for parents to make the most of this time so that children learn new things playfully. Just ensure you're around to supervise them.