Your child’s turning one? Congratulations, you officially have a toddler! You now have a baby that’s more active, curious and expressive. At this age, your child may begin to use words, be able to stand on her/his own and take a few steps. Your job here, is to encourage them to learn, grow and play. Bringing to you some activities that are suited well for the abilities of your one year old.
1) Flash Cards
Toddlers are like mini sponges, ready to soak up everything new around them. Encourage your little learner to dive into learning the names of colours, numbers, shapes, and animals, and give them a head start before they get to school.
These decks of flashcards for toddlers help turn learning into a fun game that they’ll always want to play. You’ll be so proud! Click the picture below to see our curation of more interesting ways of using the Flash Cards!
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2) Pretend play
Pretend play is a great activity for toddlers to learn social skills and compassion. Pretend play, or imaginative play is a loosely structured form of play, where your child takes up different roles and professions and pretends to be them, all while making a fun play-time out of it. We’ve written a whole blog about it! Check it out here for some fun ways to incorporate it into your child’s play time.
3) Matching lids to their respective jars.
Different sizes of jars, matching differently coloured lids, the list goes on! There’s multiple ways of experimenting with things easily available at home which often get lost in plain sight. This activity develops motor skills, sensory processing and colour recognition.
4) Matching toys to their pictures
After turning one, your child’s cognitive skills are sharpening by the day. They can find hidden objects easily and look at the correct picture when named.
This activity requires some prep time. You need to take pictures of some toys and have them printed in advance. There are a few games you can play with these pictures later, the simplest one being, to ask them to match the picture to the toy.
5) One each day!
It’s easier for a child to understand information one concept at a time. You can use this principle with animals, or any other theme you like.
For example, pick one animal a day, and try to find references to that animal in your house (be it stuffed animals or animal figurines), learn animal sounds, and perhaps some actions that animal does.
We’ve got two really fun games that can assist you in these animal games without any prep before hand! Check them out here -
6) Reading out
Reading books aloud to your babies not only develops vocabulary but also helps in developing communication skills, listening skills and memory while introducing variety of concepts in a fun and engaging manner.
7) Sensory Play
It can be very messy sometimes, but the benefits your baby can gain from these activities is just amazing. Activities that stimulate touch, smell, sight, taste, sound, movement and balance are all sensory play activities.
How likely are you to do these with your kids? Have anything else to add? Share your ideas with us!