What kind of games do you play with your toddler? Does it help them learn?

Kim - posted on 12/18/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I want to do stuff with Madison(shes gonna be two) to help her learn, but I want to make it into a game for her to have fun with it. I know everyone does things differently, so Im just looking for some ideas. What do you do with your toddler?

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Audrey - posted on 01/08/2010

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my son is 14 months and i put to each part of his body and tell him what it is and he then does it back to me. i also play games where he helps me clean and put things away. i say wyatt go and pick up your red book and put it in your the square toy box. and he thinks its so fun. i also put on childrens music all day long while we do the chores around the house and we dance and i sing along. simple things like that are fun games for younger children. i dont know about the older kids cause i only have is him. have fun!

Tiffany - posted on 01/08/2010

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my son is 21 mos now, but by 19 mos old; he knew is numbers and all letters. Now he can almost "Say" the letter. But if i point to it on his alphabet board he knows exactly where it is. Also he'll say the letters as we walk by stuff in the store, on ppls clothes, numbers for the prices, ect. HOW DID I DO IT? I really have no idea... I have a book he loves, and we would just read it over and over. Also, I got a banner of the letters and numbers from a school supplies place, made for teachers, but i put it in his room. I'll hear him in the am when he wakes up, saying the letters. we are going to start colors soon. I got some flash cards with colors and shapes, at same teacher supply place.
OH, i forgot, i also got the FULL alphabet and numbers foam play set for the tub. he loves that. Just repitition, and do it in a way she likes. My son loves books, so I use that to my advantage.

Christine - posted on 01/07/2010

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I would say let her play games. My 2 and a half year old LOVES to play games...we play UNO (works on matching and colors), and he loves some of the new games from the Cat and that Hat series...we also have homework time for him (he wanted to do it because his brother gets homework time)...he works on things like colors, number recognition, cutting (his favorite) and other 'age appropriate' skills. He also loves play-doh...

Karen - posted on 01/07/2010

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Just make sure you talk constantly to her, sing to her, read books with her, play with her when she is using her toys. By working in things as simple as saying, "I'm going to tickle your tummy. I'm going to tickle your arm", etc. She will begin to learn her body parts. I always asked my daughter (and still do since she is only 2) if the faces in her books are happy, sad, or angry. She now will come tell me she is sad and will make a sad face, or she'll say she's happy and make a happy face. Anything you can do with her IS teaching her something. But the biggest lesson you are teaching her is that she is important to you and that you love her deeply.

Elina, Mamaista.com - posted on 12/31/2009

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Yes, I think reading, play and just talking are great. My son is 21 months and we've just started drawing on chalk and paper and (sometimes on the walls). This product is really cool and allows kids to express themselves through art without damaging your walls. http://www.mamaista.com/2009/10/12/and-t...

Melissa - posted on 12/31/2009

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I never really played games with my dd to get her to learn, but I talked about EVERYTHING that we did or saw, from counting to naming colors. Just engage her in conversation in all that you do. We also got a big Elmo sticker book that has counting and matching things in it and we talked about all the pictures and what things are...not really a game but she enjoyed it.

Anna - posted on 12/18/2009

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My son has only just turned one, and just started walking. My favourite things to do with him are swimming at the pool, putting him in the backpack and going to walks, especially in the forest & letting him play on the ground with the leaves & sticks, letting him help me in the garden, music - he loves to play the harmonica, dancing, songs, lots of physical play, like aeroplane rides.

Brandi - posted on 12/18/2009

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She's pretty young for traditional games, but can still do stuff like matching. I used to let my daughter play memory with the cards facing up and she was just to pick out the matches. She is almost 4 now and REALLY good at memory played the way it is meant to be played. Also, you might try songs instead of games. Kids love to sing and you can make up songs and they love it. My daughter LOVED to read books. By the time she was 2 she knew all her letters and was starting to learn the sounds they make only because she was obsessed with books and her favorite ones were always ABC books. I also used to have her count her crayons, or tell me which colors there were. At 2 EVERYTHING is a game. Point out shapes in your house and ask her to name it. The window is what shape. Try to look at the world thru her eyes. EVERYTHING is brand new and exciting (for her, it will probably seem really boring to you) I find the excitement in the "boring" games when I look into my daughter's eyes and you can just see her figuring out parts of her world. It's amazing to watch kids learn. they are SOOOOOOO enthusiastic and mesmorized. It's as if the whole world has such magical potential for them I LOVE IT.

Chestina - posted on 12/18/2009

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With my son i make everything a game! For example...bath time we will sing about body parts to help him learn all his body parts, which it didnt take him no time to get them! Gettin dress, we will name the colors on his outfits! Everything with us is a song, it might not rhyme or anything but it works, and i found it to be a very excellent strategy! Also when my son was 2 i got him v tech game for christmas, which i highly recommend them because they are very educational but yet fun at the same time which makes the child more interested!



i wish you and little madison the best of luck!! but i know some ideas will come to ya!! :)

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