12-18 months

PLAYING: Toddler Toys & Games

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Toddler Toys & Games

Your toddler can be over stimulated or confused by too many toys offered all at once. If you have a lot of toys for toddlers out all the time, try packing half or a third away in containers and rotate the containers each week or every few days depending on how much time you spend at home.

2 mins to read Jan 3, 2016

Here are some things you can enjoy doing with your toddler or encouraging them to do on their own:

  • Simple puzzles;
  • Link-up and stacking toys like trains, blocks and toys with knobs and buttons to push;
  • Dress ups – have a box full of hats, shoes, bags, coats, ponchos skirts and pants for your toddler to pull out and put on as many times as she wants during the day;
  • Suitable toddler books have pictures and objects, animals and family photos to identify;
  • Give your toddler the opportunity to choose what things are the same, such as colour and shape. You can use this as a game when packing away toys together before rest time;
  • Encourage your toddler to join in with household activities, such as sweeping the floor, bathing the dog, gardening or washing the dishes;
  • Help your toddler learn space awareness with jumping in and through hoops;
  • Encourage creeping and crawling along an obstacle course;
  • Roll down a gentle incline together;
  • Throw and catch a ball together – use different sizes, textures and weights.