Ever wonder how you can keep your toddler preoccupied while still learning something at the same time? There are actually many types of games that you can play with your kid, and not only will they have fun with these, but they will also learn something in the process. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone.
To help you get started, here are a couple of simple yet educational games you can play with your child:
Color comparison game – this game will require flash cards that carry the basic colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. You can also add black and white to this mix. You will also need some sort of reward system, or even a star card that you can stick stars to for every correct answer they give you. This game will help them to recognize the different colors in the color wheel, and to associate items with these colors.
What you will need to do is to show the child a color, and ask them to bring you an item in their room that is of the same color as the card that you are holding. You can also do this outdoors and have them point out items outdoors that are the same as the color you are holding. Each correct answer will get them a star or a point. You can also make this into a contest for siblings, with each one taking turns to answer.
Numbers game – this game will teach your child to count and to associate a number with how many of an item they have. You will also need flash cards for this, only this time, you will need cards with the numbers 1 to 5. You will then need to make your child’s toys available to them for this game, as well as other items that they can use safely, like socks, caps, and the like.
Show them one of the number cards and tell them to bring you toys that correspond to that same number. For instance, if you show the number 4, ask them to bring you toy cars in that particular number. You can also ask them to do this with their fingers, if you don’t want them messing up their room getting items that you ask them to get. This will be less fun though, so it might be a good idea to simply have them get items for this. You can have them help with the cleanup afterwards anyway, and you can do this without protests by making the cleanup into a game as well.
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