Trying to keep up with a child of nearly three is like running a marathon at the speed of a sprinter. She runs fast and quickly around the universe, always on the lookout for new stuff to try.
She’s ready for some new toys, games, and experiences at this age, hopefully, ones that will encourage her to continue learning every day. That doesn’t mean that you have to run out and restock the playroom.
These activities we have for you will keep your little one occupied, amused, and educated all at the same time:
1. Challenging + Fun games
To stimulate the busy brain, puzzles; simple, non-competitive board games; and lacing beads or cards are great. You know your child best, so pick the level of the challenge accordingly. The concept is to keep your tot on her toes without throwing her off balance, most importantly not into a tearful balance.
Older infants dig toys that encourage them to imitate and make-believe, from dress-ups to dollhouses to doctor kits. Watch as their pretend play gets more and more complex, and they start telling complicated stories in which the sky’s the limit.
3. Choosing the right games
If you make it a game, your child can actually enjoy following instructions. Teach her a classic game that allows her to follow instructions or set a simple obstacle course in your garden or drawing room with lots of toys. Encourage her to build a blanket fort or build a building using legos. In the kitchen, host a snack session as she follows your step-by-step instructions. For example, write down simple easy-to-follow instructions and host a treasure hunt for your kid. They will have the time of their lives and this will improve their cognitive horizon as well
4. Expose them to art
The big hits for little kids are drawing, painting, gluing, and sculpting with clay. But creative endeavors develop fine-motor skills beyond pure fun and teach the principles of color, form, and scale to children.
5. Block games
Block play is an almost perfect activity for children. It is open-ended so that your child can use her imagination to come up with designs and solve structural issues. It also increases their large and small motor skills and it’s a perfect way to play cooperatively with a small group of kids. Why not enter, Mum, what a wonderful chance to improve your growing vocabulary.
6. Outdoor activities
Make sure that your child has a lot of time and space for active play to burn steam. Also, dress them in comfortable children’s clothing, it allows them to be more comfortable. Cotton is a preferred fabric for kids’ clothes. Experts claim that children need organized exercise for at least an hour like playing soccer or attending a dance class. Unstructured physical play for 60 minutes or more every day. Go outside, play ball with them, ride a tricycle or take the frisbee. Engage in physical outdoor activities with your kids, it will benefit both you and your child. It will also create a bonding space for your child. If the weather is not suitable for outdoor activities you can always skip, dance, or even play hide and seek with your child. This is quite enjoyable and your child will like you for it.
7. Introduce them to music
Simple instruments such as drums, flutes, and tambourines are excellent teaching resources, apart from the fact that children enjoy them. Children learn about cause and Tips for engaging children effect and phonemic knowledge which means differentiating one sound from another which is very important to be able to read. Also, learning to play instruments at a young age will give them a creative outlet for their emotions and a way of expression. It can get loud but find a space for them to practice.
8. Practicing cleanliness
Clean-up time can also be a time for learning! Classifying and putting items away, especially if you have labeled your shelves and toy bins with photos, enhances early math skills that teach them sorting and organizing skills. It can also push your child to solve problems, how can I fit all my toys neatly into this space? And it can also bring a sense of discipline and responsibility to their life. It will teach them to have a clean and organized space.
Gardening for kids School and domestic gardening is a perfect way to get children to try new fruits and vegetables and to learn to develop them through sustainable practices. It’s a perfect way to teach science to children, as well as boost their physical activity as they pull weeds, sow seeds, water, and sustain the gardens. Gardening, however, can become tedious, tiresome, and even dull for some of us, particularly for children.
Have them start, by growing a few seeds in a pot inside, for them to tend to if your children are new to gardening. It is highly recommended that you put a pot on the kitchen table where your child can see it several times a day and will be able to watch as it develops all the subtle changes of the plant. When your children see the unbelievable phenomenon of growth, they witness life and magic. And before you know it, they will be tending to their plants. It will teach them responsibility for a living being and values that are otherwise difficult to embed into a child.
10. Teaching children ownership through activities
Give them a plot of their own in your larger garden to tend to until your kid has some experience with gardening. With a few square feet of the garden out to them, such as some vegetables or flowers for you. Let them determine what to grow in it and sustain it during the growing season. They will choose what they want to do with the remainder of their harvest.
Author – Lana Murpy, a post-graduate in humanities and communications, and an inquisitive person who loves writing. Her forte is a digital marketing and everything that has to do with phones and screens. She is working for Tiny Twig. She is someone who believes that one person can make a change and that’s precisely why I took up writing which is the best tool to communicate these days. She has a decade of experience in writing and marketing.