Activity Ideas & Tips

Activity Ideas & Tips

Following are some activity ideas and talk tips for parents with their young children.

Good Manners

Model good manners such as “thank-you” and “please”

Giant Obstacle Course

Set up an obstacle course and encourage children to complete, play some music and for older children make it a race.

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Consistent Routines

Have consistent routines to help your child feel secure

Play with Rattles and One Toy at A Time

Offer opportunities for your infant to play with rattles and one toy at a time to begin to learn grasping skills.

Household Tasks

Cook with your child and encourage daily help with chores and cleaning.

Rubber chicken & pig

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Smile and Cuddle

Smile and cuddle your child as often as you can

Help in the Kitchen

Let your child help you in the kitchen and do things like stirring, adding ingredients, and breaking eggs

Ball Play Type Activities

Consider using a variety of balls from our ball selection to incorporate with the many activity ideas provided. Listed activities are ideal for children 0-3yrs of age.

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Tunnel

Tunnels challenge children to move in various ways including the coordination of different muscle groups, turn taking, and evokes problem-solving skills.

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Day at the Beach

Spend the day at the beach

Daily / Bedtime Story Time

Make story time a part of your daily/bedtime routine and ask many questions about the pictures

Sit and Play

Allow your infant to sit and play for periods of time to help strengthen their stomach and back muscles

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Expressing needs

Encourage your child to speak his/her needs

Wavy Tactile Path

Wavy Tactile Path is an 8-piece set of boards designed to enhance the sense of touch, which is a fundamental element of sensory reactions and is essential to learning ability and emotional health.

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Add an extra word

Tell your child about objects they’ve shown interest in and remember to keep it simple. If your child says “ball” answer with 2 words “big ball”; if they say 2 words “big ball” answer with 3 words “big red ball”

Expressing Emotions

Model positive ways to express emotion

Fling sock

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Teach coping techniques

Teach your child simple coping techniques (take a deep breath or count to 10) when they become frustrated

Talk about "Everything"

Talk to your child about “everything” in an age appropriate manner.

Puzzles, matching objects, etc.

Play with puzzles, matching objects and play dough.

Creative Activities

Allow your child to do activities such as coloring, writing, drawing, finger painting, eating finger foods, and play dough

Hello & Goodbye

Fun activity that teaches your child that even when you leave you will return, when seeing new people or going into a room always encourage your child to wave hello and when you leave or say good bye encourage them to wave goodbye. Best to start around 7 months once you’re infant has developed the ability to understand that people and things exist, even when you cannot see them.

Take turns speaking

Take turns speaking and remember not to reply until your child is fully done talking – don’t rush things

Play with Others

Give your child lots of opportunities to play with other children.

Swimming and Dancing

Take your child swimming and dancing.

Play at the park

Get outside and play at the park.

Omnikin Ball Soccer

Instead of using a standard soccer ball, swap out for any sized omnikin ball - these balls are lighter and larger to make the game more fun and challenging.

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Bilibo

A rocking toy that will engage your child's curiosity, imagination and physical abilities.

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Parachute

Providing parachute games for our toddlers is a wonderful way to blend music and group interaction. Children can have fun learning how it moves up, down, and around; they can also have the opportunity to go under and on top.

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Splish Splash, I was Takin a Bath

Children enjoy spending time in the tub or shower, the water provides warmth and familiarity and is a soothing experience. Use this time to bond with your baby.

Hot Potato

Hot potato is a party game that involves players gathering in a circle and tossing a small object such as a beanbag or tennis ball to each other while music plays. Swap out for any sized ball! The player who is holding the "hot potato" is out when the music stops. Play continues until only one player is left.

Grasping Skills

Offer opportunities for your infant to play with rattles and one toy at a time to begin to learn grasping skills

Teeter Poppers

A teeter board that can be used to rock, roll, sit in or stand... kids can use in whatever way they can imagine.

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Hide and Seek

Play hide and go seek or a hide a toy so your child can find it

Tummy Time

Offer your infant lots of tummy time.

Praise

Praise your child at each attempt, celebrate the small success.

Peek-a-boo

This game teaches your child that separation is temporary; this is a fun interactive game that usually has both parent/caregiver and child laughing/smiling. Best to start around 6 months of age.

Use Rhymes and Songs

Use nursery rhymes and songs in your daily routine.

Tobbles

6 vibrant and weighted Tobbles used to stack, topple, spin, balance, wobble, tilt, wiggle and roll.

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