Five Activities to Improve Toddler Development

Your little one is a bundle of energy who’s always looking for something to do. Here are some activities for your toddler that will keep them happy while encouraging development.

Start measuring

Take everyday items, and use them to teach your child how to measure. You can use a measuring tape or a ruler to determine how tall your child’s stuffed animals are, or you can use toys or other objects as a unit of measurement. How many blocks tall is your child? How many oranges tall is the couch? Get as creative or as silly as you want.

Your child will have a blast while also developing spatial understanding and knowledge of numbers.

Different textures

Toddlers love to do crafts of all kinds. Be sure to incorporate a wide range of textures for them to explore. Sensory learning at this age is important, so give the child plenty to touch, smell and taste. Some popular items include sandpaper, construction paper, glue beans, pasta, pipe cleaners and Magic Markers.

Refrain from coaching too much, and let your child’s creativity run wild. Once the child is beginning to recognize letters, you can encourage them to sign their name.

Get your ducks in a row

Embracing organization in your home, while always challenging with a toddler, is a smart move. Not only will you be able to keep the toys off the floor, but you can encourage your toddler to be a helpful member of the household.

If your child is resistant to helping with cleanup, feel free to make it into a game. For instance, get a set of kitchen tongs, and see how many toys the child can pick up. Or make it into a race—who can clean up the fastest?

Scavenger hunts

Children love solving any kind of mystery. They also love exploring, so that makes scavenger hunts a natural fit. If you’re having a tough trip to the grocery store (we’ve all been there), you can ask your child to find a food that’s red or a food that begins with B. You can do this at home too: Hide objects around the house; then give your child clues until they’re able to find them.

This is a quick and easy way to improve your toddler’s development.

Start labeling

Pick a few items, and label them. Try to use the same size labels and the same font so that it will be easy for the kids to pick them out. Then read each of the labels with your child. This is a great way to begin letter recognition and sight words.

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