Toddler Development - Cognitive Gamesby Martha Scully • April 26, 2012
As children grow from infant to toddler, they start to interact more. You'll see them talking up a storm and becoming more aware of their surroundings. They're now thinking of different ways to communicate and fit into their big world. One of the best ways to keep your active toddler stimulated is by providing them with various cognitive activities during the day.
Hide and Go Seek
This is fun for any age, but hide-and-seek games can help toddlers learn problem-solving skills. You can either hide yourself or an object for them to find. My favourite is when they hide their eyes and think they're gone, even though they're right in front of you!
There are so many things you can use blocks for, they give hours of learning fun. Stack some blocks up, or fill various containers with water. The best part is always having them fall down! Stacking blocks and knocking them down teaches cause and effect.
"I spy with my little eye..." Older toddlers simply love this game, and it's great for parents or caregivers because it can be played anywhere you are...the grocery store, the car, even while snuggling on the couch! Taking turns works best, so everyone has a chance to spy and guess. "...something that is ROUND!" There are no limits to learning potential with this, and it's fun for everyone.
Follow the Leader
Everyone knows this game in one variety or another. The animal version is exciting because the leader acts like an animal and the others must guess what animal they're being, or they can simply follow the actions of the leader. There's nothing better for a child's confidence than to have other follow their lead. Your toddler will use their analytic skills to determine what to make the others do.
Simon Says/Head and Shoulders
These games are a perfect way to help the older toddler lean their different body parts. To change it up, do the game reallyfast, or s l o w i t d o w n... "Head and shoulders knees and toes"
What are your favourite games for this age? What's the most unique place you've hid during hide and seek? Please feel free to share in the comments!
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