Looking for outdoor games to play with your little ones? Here are a few great ideas that will they will enjoy!!
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For this game, you can use a radio or iPod, or you can sing. Play or sing a song, and you and your toddler can dance around the yard. The sillier, the better! Then stop the music and shout “Freeze!” and everyone strikes a pose until the music starts up again.
Cut out large fish shapes (or another shape such as hearts, starts, etc) from colorful construction paper. “Hide” the fish outside in the yard. They will, of course, be mostly visible and reachable. Then have your toddler find all the fish. They can put them in a basket, a net, a bucket, or clipped on a string. Help them along the way, and they’ll be delighted to find all the fish.
Grab a bucket of thick sidewalk chalk, and let your toddler go wild on your driveway and walkways. If you’re a little artistic, draw different animals and ask your toddler what sounds they make. Draw letters, numbers, and shapes, too. Ask your toddler what they see, and have them repeat after you.
Want to make your own chalk? Check out this recipe!
All toddlers love bubbles. You can blow bubbles with your toddler and have them chase them, popping them. There are many different little gadgets now that make bubbles even more fun. Automatic bubble makers, bubble guns, different shaped wands, and even scented bubbles!
If you have more than one little one to entertain, or a group of toddler friends. fiill up a small plastic pool outside with water and stir in some dish soap. You can either find giant wands or you can shape wire clothes hangers using a pliers. Have all the kids gather around the pool for giant bubble fun!
Baby Steps, Big Steps
You start singing or chanting “Baby steps”* and demonstrate tiny little steps with your toddler. Then shout, “Now BIG STEPS! One! Two! Three! Four!” and make four large, exaggerated steps. Simple and fun. Your toddler will do Baby Steps, Big Steps over and over, excited about the anticipation of the Big Steps. It’s good for counting to four and for listening skills.