This game can be played with very young children. One and two-year-olds…
Place your magic carpet (a blanket, sheet or duvet cover) on a tiled, wooden or laminate floor.
Sit or lay your child on the magic carpet, then gently, carefully, and slowly pull your child around the room.
Young kids love this game. Watch them try and hold on and laugh and giggle as you pull them around.
Walk around your house with your child creating lists.
Make a list or draw pictures of things that make light. Do another list of things that make a sound.
Other list ideas include things of a particular color, large things, small things, things that Dad uses, things that Mom uses, things that begin with a particular letter of the alphabet, heavy, light things, etc.
Think of something that your child is extremely familiar with e.g. a vehicle, an animal, a place, person or toy. Then give out clues so that your child can attempt to guess what you are thinking of.
For example, if you live in North America you could describe a school bus by starting off with “The thing I am thinking of is yellow”, continue with other clues.
Such as, “it has four wheels”, “it has a steering wheel”, “it takes you to and from school”, etc.
Start with obscure clues and then move on to more obvious ones as the game progresses. Keep going until your child guesses correctly.
This is a game for 3+ year-olds. Find a large bag that you cannot see through, for example, a pillowcase.
Next, find a number of objects that are of different sizes and textures. For example a toothbrush, a ball, a TV remote control, a feather, a pine cone, a small cuddly toy, etc.
Show all the objects to your child and then place them in the bag.
Next, say what the object is and ask your child to try and feel for it in the bag.
For slightly older children don’t show the objects at the start of the game and try and describe the object without saying exactly what it is.
This game gets your child thinking about different textures and sizes of objects.
One player thinks of a category such as things that fly.
This category must not be revealed to the other children.
The player then names something that fits in that category, for example a wasp, and then the other children have to try and guess what the category is.
If no correct guesses are made then the player names something else that also fits into the category, for example an airplane.
Play continues until someone guesses what the category is.
The child who guesses the category correctly gets to start the game by picking the next category and naming an item that falls into that category.
This game can be quite difficult for young children so you might want to divide the children into teams.
A great game for 2 year olds is to finish the nursery rhyme. Sing part of the song to your child and then leave the last word or two out for them to sing back to you.
I sing “Three blind ….” and then my son loves shouting back to me “Mice”. Although at the moment mice sounds more like ice. But we can work on that later!
He’s also pretty good at finishing the Yankee Doodle Dandee song with the word “Macaroni”… “He stuck a feather in his cap and called it ……..”.
Put some music on with some rhythm and a beat. This could be anything from a waltz to your favorite dance or pop track.
Hold your child’s hands and get them to stand on your feet as you dance in time to the beat. Hold young children that are unable to stand on your feet in your arms.
Be imaginative and pretend that you are the DJ at a night club. Comment on what people are wearing, the disco lights that are flashing.
Count out loud the number of steps that you make to a beat or sing out loud to the song and get your child to join in.