Never before in this period are we forced to spend a lot of time at home. It is therefore necessary to think about games and activities to do with the little ones both at home and outside, even if only for a short walk. After one year of age, children begin to walk and move more and are able to walk around the house by themselves even going down and up the stairs. The first thing to do therefore is to organize a space in complete safety, where the child can move freely and in total safety, perhaps following the Montessori model.
Children need their own routine, adapted to their needs and their age. After a good breakfast and after changing nappies and pajamas, here is the time for fun. Reading is always a good idea. You can start with the soft and large ones, and then proceed with the thick cardboard ones, so that they can manipulate them without damaging them. Remember that children copy what they see adults do. Seeing you with a book or magazine will bring them closer to reading from an early age.
Let’s see together some activities you can do with your child.
The sounds of animals
Even if your child has just started talking, they actually already know a lot of animal sounds and noises. One of the funniest games for the little ones is knowing animals and their sounds, both to stimulate language and to stimulate the sense of hearing. You can use characters, cards, stuffed animals and recreate the farm, the forest and the different habitats.
I play with the colander
Take the colander, the one you normally use in the kitchen. Invite the child to thread thin materials – such as straws, toothpicks, or colored cleaners – into the holes, or you can create a treasure box with a tissue container. All you have to do is put in the box many scraps of fabric that the child can pull or put inside at will.
Cubes to stack
Whether they are made of wood, rubber or the classic Lego Dublo, stacking cubes is a favorite activity. Take a soft mat and place the container with the cubes there. First the child will use the larger ones, which are easier to handle and use for construction. That way a lot of time will go by.
All you need is a mat, two identical bowls and a special tool or the use of your hand to do the pouring work. From pasta to rice to sand.
Take the washable colors suitable for the little ones, which can be used with hands and feet. Cover the floor with a plastic sheet and place a large sheet on the floor. Put the colors on a plastic plate and then let your child’s imagination run wild!
Here are many fun games to play outdoors
Loved by younger children, the girotondo is one of the classic games that, over the years, has only undergone variations in the nursery rhyme that accompanies it. To the sound of “Giro-girotondo, the world falls, the earth falls and everyone down to earth!” the children are holding hands and all walking in the same direction, training balance and coordination.
Take a small ball, which your child can take on his own with his little hands. Sit on the ground in the park and slowly begin to pass the ball to him. It is a fun game to develop his motor skills.
Bathe toy cars and games
Playing with water is always a great idea. Just take a bowl, the one you use for the cloths and take all the cars or washable toys. Use a mild, foamy soap.