Today we want to bring you some ideas for creative activities for toddlers that can be fun and keep children focused on such activities while developing their creativity.

Creative activities for toddlers

1. HIDDEN OBJECTS

In this game, you have to hide a small object, better if it looks familiar, so the child can quickly identify it. The little one has to look for it and get oriented thanks to your instructions: “Look under the chair,” “have you looked under the cushion?”. So, your child becomes a little explorer. Congratulate him when he finds the object. The game should not last more than ten minutes so that the little ones can maintain their attention and not get discouraged.

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What does this activity bring you?

The game of hidden objects exercises your child’s memory. When he finds what you have hidden, he will say: “Yes, it is the object that I have been shown before.” This game also allows him to start conceptualizing.

2. THE GAME OF PAIRS

The purpose of this game is to prepare the child to associate two identical objects. For example, you can carry out the activity with several pairs of socks. Choose them in different colors, mix them, and spread them out visibly. Give one to your child and ask him to find the pair.

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What does this activity bring you?

Your child learns playfully to classify, organize, and, later, order. If you choose socks of very varied colors, you will start them in the chromatic range. In addition to being a playful and stimulating activity for the baby, it can help make this household task less boring.

3. PLASTICINE

Knead, grind, model, build, deform. Plasticine is not reserved for “older” children over three years old. This activity is also suitable for children, although the aesthetic result is far from perfect.

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What does this activity bring you?

By kneading the plasticine, the child discovers a new texture and develops fine motor skills. Teach him that you can get different shapes with the same material. Make balls or churros, very simple shapes that he can reproduce. By mixing the bars of different colors, he will create new ones. In addition, the plasticine will also stimulate his creativity and imagination. Without forgetting the “soothing” power of plasticine: crushing relaxes!

Is plasticine edible?

Some parents are scared to let their babies play with playdough because they still put everything in their mouths. Although most of the plasticines sold are not toxic, they cannot be ingested. To avoid risks, buy edible modeling clay; many brands manufacture them.

4. READ STORIES

You can start reading short stories to your child as early as 12 months, even if they don’t understand the meaning of all the words. What matters at this age is the musicality of the words rather than their meaning.

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Why do babies like stories?

To begin with, reading is a unique moment you share with your child. You feel him on your knees; it is something comforting; you express your love to him and communicate with him. The sound of the words, called the musicality of it, makes your baby react: he babbles and gestures in response to your reading. And he also stores all those words for later. He chooses simple stories with situations and characters that are familiar to him: the house, dad, mom… Generally, the baby likes always to read the same books. In the future, when he goes through certain situations, the stories will comfort him: he is not the only one who experiences them!

5. PUZZLES TO FIT PIECES

Before solving the “big” puzzles, your little one can play with some puzzles, usually made of wood, in which the pieces fit together. Above all, let him look only for where each piece goes: he has to find it. And congratulate him when he gets it.

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Why is it an exciting game for my child?

Matching puzzles develop fine motor skills. You have to find the right place and, in addition, fit the piece well. It may be easy for the baby to locate the place to put it, but it will take him several tries before he gets it to fit correctly. Thus, he will acquire patience and perseverance, in addition to improving his concentration. And the satisfaction of triumph will be even greater! He will also learn to reflect: later on, he will be able to fit a piece directly into his place.