Having fun with a toddler is easy—everything they do is fun, cute, and/or entertaining. But making sure the fun you have with them is also educational can sometimes be a struggle. If you are having a hard time bridging the gap between what is fun and what helps your toddler learn and develop, consider trying out these fun toddler activities that are educational.
Kids love scavenger hunts, and if you focus on an important skill—such as recognizing and categorizing colors—you are doing a lot more than just playing around. Getting this started is easy; just pick a safe space and grab a basket, then gather up the items of a specific color. If you want to make it a little more challenging, you can then arrange the items when you are done from light to dark, creating a gradient.
You do not need a ruler for this. In fact, it is best you do not use one. Instead, use objects to measure other objects. How many apples tall is the chair? How many cars long is the rug? In addition to teaching the basics of measuring, you will also be helping your child with other concepts, such as special recognition and comparisons.
Every child has a favorite book they love to read with their parents. Why not take their love of their favorite book further and turn it into a play? By doing so, you will be going over big concepts, such as setting and characterization, all while having plenty of fun.
This is a great game to play no matter where you are, and it helps your child to develop his or her vocabulary. There is no need to explain the rules here—we all know this game—so just get started with it and have some fun.