We all want to help our little ones grow and develop into happy, healthy, and well-rounded individuals. One of the best ways to support their growth is through engaging and age-appropriate educational activities. Activities for babies and toddlers can promote cognitive development, motor skills, social skills, and emotional development. Plus, they provide a fun and stimulating way for your little one to learn and explore the world around them!
- Sensory play is a magical way to engage your little one’s senses while promoting their development. You can set up a sensory bin filled with items like rice, beans, or pasta for them to explore with their hands. You can also add different textures like soft toys or squishy playdough to enhance their experience. We <3 our Eco Cutters in many of our sensory play activities. They come in a range of different shapes, and can be used with play dough, cookie dough, as stencils, and even as border shapes for when your little ones are playing with rice or beans.
- Crafting with your little ones is a beautiful and engaging way to spark their creativity and imagination. You can have fun with finger painting (don’t forget your Cheeky K aprons to avoid mess!), paper crafts, or even simple DIY projects like building a cardboard princess castle or a fort. Even though it may feel like it’s pure messy fun, craft time is also filled with activities which promote fine motor skills in your little ones.
- Haven’t you noticed just how much little one’s love to move and bop to music!? It’s just the sweetest! So why not throw a dance party at home, or a little talent show? Put on some upbeat tunes and encourage your little one to dance along. Learning rhythm and beat is important for your little one’s development.
- Cooking with your toddler is a great way to introduce them to healthy foods and teach them basic cooking skills. You can start with simple recipes like cookies or homemade pizza, and let them help with tasks like mixing ingredients or adding toppings. Doing it together with your kids is also a special way to bond and create lasting memories! (And the mess in the kitchen after? It’s just proof of all the fun and love shared!). They can also play alongside you with Wooden Bickies, Felt food, or Magic food.
- Puzzles are a great way to promote cognitive development and problem-solving skills. We also love that they aren’t just made for home now but can be taken with you on holiday and to meals at restaurants or family and friends, as they come in easy and cute travel-size carriers you can take on holiday and to meals at restaurants or family and friends.
Card Fun for the whole family!
- Card games are a wonderful way to promote cognitive development, memory skills, and social skills in toddlers. Playing card games can help to teach the concept of taking turns, following rules, and playing with others. The card games can also be educational in fun and can promote problem-solving skills, spatial awareness, and literacy and numeracy skills. We also <3 how card games are a fun way to spend time together as a family! We particularly LOVE the Jo Collier Number and Numeracy flashcards.
There are so many fun and educational activities that you can do at home, and even out and about. These activities not only promote their development but also create lasting memories that you’ll both treasure. <3