3. “Simon says”
What to do: Similar to ‘Go-Get Game’, ‘Simon says’ involves instructions. You are Simon and you call out commands. The key in the game is that the phrase “Simon says” should precede the order. If the action is simply stated without the prefacing words, the direction should not be followed. This game will help your toddler to learn to listen carefully and will help them to identify their body parts, colors, and other objects.
Skills developed: Understandingdirections, attentive listening, and memory
4. Number Squares
What to do: If your house has some space to spare, this game might be just right for you! Put squares, on the floor with tape (masking tape will do). The number of squares will depend on how many numbers your child can recognize, perhaps in the range of 0-10 or0-20. The square numbered ‘0’ will be the starting point. Ask your child addition or subtraction questions – when they have the answer they should hop into the square of the answer. For example, if they are on the #4 square and you tell them,“plus five”, they should then hop on to #9 square, and so on.
Skills developed: Arithmetic, attentive listening
5. Pitching pennies
What to do: Line up 5-10 bottles on the floor, with each succeeding bottle being farther away from your child. Then, give your child pennies/coins, ping pong balls, or marbles. Tell them to toss the coin/ball/marble one at a time into the cup. By successfully throwing the object, they can proceed to the next cup.
Skills developed: Hand-eye coordination