Fun Learning Game Ideas: 10 Games Your Toddler Would Enjoy

Every parent wishes for their child to go through holistic development especially when they get to pre-school.

While this is completely achievable inside the classroom, families are also encouraged to actively take part in the process.

Toddlers are in the stage of constant exploration. They yearn for fun and new discoveries. In this sense incorporating play in the form of learning games they can enjoy is essential to develop their love for learning.

If you are looking for learning game ideas to play with your toddler, consider the following learning games that are not just educational but has the word fun written all over them.

 

10 Fun Learning Game Ideas for Toddlers

 

1. Simon Says 

This classic game is best played with other children around. Toddlers are easily engrossed with this simple game because they can socialize with other kids. 

Even if played with just their parent, it gives them the opportunity to develop their motor skills. 

Skills Developed: Toddlers will learn how to analyze and follow instructions. 

How to Do It: 

  1. Assume the role of Simon. 
  2. Whatever Simon instructs the players to do (dance, raise your right foot, or stick your tongue out) should be followed otherwise the player will be eliminated from the game.
  3. But there’s a catch. The players should only follow the instruction if it is preceded by the phrase “Simon says”. 
  4. If they went through the instruction without those magic words, they are also out of the game.

 

2. Shape Sort

Shapes are always fun to play with. Toddlers are able to coordinate their eyesight with how their brain analyzes and categorizes items in particular shapes. 

Shape sort is a learning game that deals with assigning materials to their respective shape. 

Skills Developed: Toddlers will not only recognize shapes but create a connection with their features and applying that connection to everyday objects.

How to Do It:

  1. Prepare the following materials: a painter’s tape or any colored tape and any object in your house that has a definite shape.
  2. Using the painter’s tape, pattern different shapes on the floor like a circle, square, or triangle. Make it big enough to fit multiple items. 
  3. Prepare all the objects you gathered and let your toddler place each object inside the right shape.

 

3. Playdough Mats

Developing a child’s fine motor skills is essential to perform important tasks such as writing and using scissors and other tools. 

In this process, playdough mats provide the avenue for toddlers to practice their hand and wrist movement while also honing their creativity.

Skills Developed: Toddlers will get to develop the necessary fine motor skill through proper brain-muscle coordination.

How to Do it: 

  1. You can print plenty of playdough mats from the alphabet, numbers, shapes, to common objects from the internet. You can schedule one mat per day.
  2.  Prepare the playdough and let your toddler follow the patterns of letters, numbers, etc.

 

4. Paper Tunnels and Balls

Symbolic play is an important learning activity that allows toddlers to play pretend and simulate daily situations they encounter. They could push objects such as toy cars simulating the movement of an actual car. 

Paper Tunnels and Balls is a popular make-shift toy enjoyable to all toddlers and even older children.

Skills Developed:  Toddlers uncover their creativity in pretending to be playing actual sports such as croquet. They also practice muscle movement.

How to Do It:

  1. Prepare the materials: Colored paper, tape, and small balls or moving objects.
  2.  Fold the paper to create arches and tape each end on the floor. The arches should look like small tunnels.
  3. Add as many as you like and strategically place them in different positions while retaining a unidirectional pattern.
  4. Let the players push the ball through the tunnel.
  5.  You can use sticks or other materials as an alternative to croquet mallets.

 

5. Puzzles

Timeless and effective. That’s one good way to describe a puzzle board. You have played with this toy yourself when you were a toddler. 

And despite the many other learning games in the market, puzzles are still a reliable tool for holistic development among children.

Skills Developed: Toddlers do not only enhance their motor skills and problem-solving ability, but they also get to practice patience and other emotional skills.

How to Do It: 

There are plenty of options when acquiring puzzle games. You can purchase them in stores or online, or you can simply make your own by cutting available images in your home. Whichever you prefer, it is important to guide your toddler on the concept of how each piece makes the whole of the object.

 

6. Hopscotch

This is a fun traditional learning game usually played outside. The mere hopping activity in the game can make it enjoyable for your young children, not to mention a good means of exercise.

Skills Developed: Toddlers gain mastery in body control such as muscle strength, balance, and body coordination. Likewise, they also practice counting.

How to Do It:

Hopscotch is a simple learning game that only requires chalk or tape and a clear floor or pavement.

  1.  Draw the hopscotch pattern and make sure to put the corresponding numbers on each box.
  2.  Let the players take turns in throwing a small flat object that serves as their marker into a box. 
  3. Start with the first box, then to the second, and so on. If they throw outside the targeted box, they lose a turn.
  4.  Continue the process until the tenth box is reached. If they do so, they can hop back to the first box while picking their marker.  

 

7. Pom-pom Scoop and Transfer

Colorful, cheap, and easy to set up. The Pom-Pom Scoop and Transfer game is simple yet packed with tactility and fun.

Skills Developed: Toddlers get to control their movement, enjoy the sensation of touch, and delight their eyes into the different colors of the pom-poms.

How to Do it:

  1. Prepare the materials: colorful pom-poms, 1 teaspoon, ice cube tray.
  2. On a separate container, place all the colorful pom-poms and put the ice cube tray right near it.
  3. Let the toddler scoop each pom-pom using the teaspoon and place it on each cube of the tray.

8.Scavenger Hunt

Fun for all ages, that is what the scavenger hunt is all about. Making it a pillar game during birthday parties. For toddlers, the thrill of identifying and looking for a specific object can be exhilarating. 

Skills Developed: Toddlers are able to enhance their cognitive skills ability like identifying objects. It also improves their memory and strengthens their motor skills.

How to Do It:

A scavenger hunt only needs a list of items that you want your toddler to find or bring.

Naturally, you would prefer items that are not hidden in dangerous parts of the house. Basic ones will do like something blue, something soft, a leaf, etc. Close supervision is required to make sure that the game is safe for your young one.

 

9. Craft Stick Name Pockets

Using craft stick name pockets is a great way to learn basic spelling. This learning game allows toddlers to match the letters in the pocket with those written on the stick. 

Skills Developed: Toddlers recognize the letters of words and learn the spelling of their names.

How to Do It:

  1.  Prepare the materials: cardstock, stapler, craft sticks.
  2.  Fold the cardstock in half with one side longer than the other simulating a pocket.
  3.  Create columns and staple each side to create smaller pockets.
  4. Write each letter of your toddler’s name on the pocket. Write them on the craft stick too.
  5.  Let the toddler place the lettered stick to the right pocket.
  6.   Do as many as you can with other words or names.

 

10.  Missing Number Match

This learning game is a fun way to know numbers. It’s simple and easy to make. Toddlers attain full concentration in completing this learning game.

Skills Developed: Toddlers become familiar with numbers and speed up their counting.

How to Do it:

  1. Prepare the materials: clothespins, craft sticks or popsicle sticks, and a marker.
  2. Write numbers one to 10 or more on each clothespin.
  3.  Write the same number sequence on the stick leaving one number blank.
  4. Let the toddler place the right number on the missing part of the stick to complete the sequence.
  5. Do as many replicates as you can leaving a different number blank for each popsicle stick.

 

Conclusion

A holistic development requires the frequent use of toddlers’ different senses and exercise of their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional skills. 

All of these can be developed with the right learning game that they can enjoy. Forget screen time for a second and bond with your toddler with these practical and fun learning game ideas.

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