Here are some general activity ideas for babies and toddlers to enhance all areas of their development, including, motor, language, social, and cognition.
Please always remember to supervise your children as they participate in these activities.
Let your baby swim and splash in a baby pool. Give your child a variety of water toys, buckets and bowls, spoons and shovels to explore with. Babies and toddlers all love to explore in a sand box. Run and play in a sprinkler. Teach your little one some new dance moves and an appreciation for all types of music. Mirror play is great for self-awareness and for practicing making silly faces. Play with balls, practice kicking, catching, and rolling. Blow bubbles and encourage your toddler to chase and try to catch them. Have a pillow fight. Play hide and seek or Ring Around the Rosie. Go to the park. Have a puppet show to entertain the kids.
Arts and Crafts:
Try sidewalk chalk if you think your little one is old enough to refrain from munching it! Make tie dye T-shirts. Allow your toddler to paint outside or use spray bottles to paint. Make play dough and then let your little one use his imagination to create all kinds of new things. Try handprint art, fingerpainting, or watercolor. Use stamps to create new pictures. Make streamers with ribbons, scarves, and crepe paper then dance the night away.
Plant flowers or a vegetable garden; your toddler will enjoy playing in the dirt and helping with watering. Even better, make mud pies. Have a picnic in the backyard or the park; try flying a kite. Lay in the grass and cloud or bird watch. Have a water fight. Give your child the job of pulling weeds. Go on a nature walk.
Read books and take a trip to the library, or try books on CD or tape. Sensory play in water, cooked noodles, rice, and/or beans. Make sure to provide pots and spoons, too. Make sensory bottles with colored water and sink/float items (hint: use a hot glue gun to seal the cap). Discovery box: empty a tissue box and fill with a variety of toys/objects, baby can feel and discover what’s inside.