Little ones, especially those at the age of three to six, are always curious and ready to learn everything. They are preparing to absorb and explore what this world has to offer. Their attention span is short, so Playtime is there when learning mode is on.
The right kind of game can boost a kid’s cognitive, physical, and emotional skills. First, begin with easy games that do not require many skills and then move on to interactive games that will make them use their brains and improve their cognitive abilities.
Playtime is the time of the day that a kid looks forward to, so it is the parents’ responsibility to dedicate this time to fun and entertainment and educational purposes. During COVID-19, when most of the kids are stuck at home and cannot go out to play, now is the best time to play some indoor games with your kid.
While indoor games for today’s kids are generally video games on the television or smartphone, but, as a parent, you can show toddlers games of your time, which are fun, entertaining, but will help them acquire skills, you had fun playing them too. Didn’t you? Brain games are also helpful for your child’s development.
If you are looking for some fun, entertaining games that will help your toddler acquire skills, you have come to the right place. We have you back with this list of fun indoor games that you can play with your toddler during the lockdown or in general:
- Simon Says: This is a classic game that teaches kids to follow instructions. Calling out commands like “Simon says touch your nose.” and the kid has to follow. The kid must listen to the words “Simon Says” before the following command. Following a command that doesn’t start with “Simon Says” can eliminate the player. This game is excellent if you are teaching your toddler names for their body parts.
- Tape Lines: make 5-10 separate lines with tape, each like a foot apart from each other and label the first line as “start” and last as “end” and give your kid instructions.
- Long jump: See how many lines they can jump over.
- Run and jump: Let them take a running start and see if they can jump further.
- Stretch: How far he can stretch his foot from the first line.
- Treasure hunt: If you set an exciting trail of clues for your toddler to find a prize, How exciting would that get? Kids love finding hidden objects, and if it leads to their favorite toy or a prize may be. Keep the first clue somewhere easy to find. Leave many clues around the house; it may lead to various little trinkets, coins, or anything that would amuse your child. A treasure hunt is an exciting and engaging game that both you and your child can enjoy together.
- Don’t let the balloons touch the ground: This a fun game that kids always enjoy. Keep a balloon between their legs, just above the ground. If your kid is older, you may ask them to juggle another balloon. It is a classic game that kids always fall for. Time them for how long they can do it for. If you have more than one kid in the house, you can engage both and pass the balloon or compete for more time or hits. This game is great for improving arm and hand-eye coordination.
- Backhand balloon balance: Challenge your kid to balance a balloon on the back of their hand and see how long they can do it before it drops. You’ll be surprised how entertaining and fun it is for a kid and how long they keep doing it.
- Balloon blow: Since we are talking about balloons, this is another fun game. Make a start line, and end line put the balloon on the start line and if your child can blow the balloon to the endpoint. This game involves a lot of crawling that will improve their core strength and arm strength.
- Touch and feel: Most preschoolers find this game very entertaining and amusing. Find a box with a lid on it like a shoebox, cut two holes in the sides, big enough for your child to put their hand and keep an object in the box. When you are ready to play, ask your child to touch and feel the object, and tell you what you think it is. It may be gooey and slimy. You may keep a few boiled spaghetti, a slime toy, a piece of fruit, you may use simple items like brush, comb, or anything at all. Allow the kid to ask you a few questions, or you may ask them about what they felt, or what they think about the object and make the game more interactive.
- Hopscotch: Make a simple indoor hopscotch board with masking tape or anything similar connecting nine boxes. You can give a market, and on which number the marker falls, your child has to hop from 1-9 pick the number and go back.
- Hide and Seek: One can never go wrong with a game of hide and seek. It is everyone’s favorite game, and everyone enjoys it. You can hide within your house and ask you, child, to find you. It is a fun game for both parents and children.
- Lemon on a spoon race: You can draw a start line, and an end line asks your child to balance a lemon on a spoon from start to finish line. It is a challenging yet exciting game that also exercises the facial muscles of your child. It improves balance and concentration in a child while keeping them busy, and kids enjoy it thoroughly.
Naturally, you won’t play with your child every time, but a baby can use these games to gain his “Smart.” These games will encourage your child’s overall development. These activities will help improve your child’s eye-hand coordination, sense of direction, vocabulary, balance, and concentration,
Most importantly, these activities Make your kid learn about the world with fun!