EduKids Early Childhood Education Centers

Toddler Games

Posted on: August 8, 2011

One of my favorite books that I share with parents and early childhood educators is Brain Games for Toddlers and Twos by Jackie Spilberg.  This is a great book that includes simple games to promote early brain development.  It’s easy to read, easy to use and children really enjoy the games!

I’d like to share some of these toddler games with you.  These little games can be played indoors or out – with one child or including a friend.  

Watch the smiles!  Be part of the fun!

Jack in the Box  (develop fine motor skills & eye contact / attention)

Say the following rhyme and do the accompanying motions:

Jack in the box, Jack in the box (make a fist with your right hand and hide your thumb inside)

It’s time to wake up and smile! (knock on your fist with your other hand)

One Two Three Four (keep knocking)

Out Jack pops from his round little door! (pop thumb up)

Play many times and encourage your child to do actions with you.

Yum, Yum  (develop language & expectation of location)

While you prepare foods with your child, sing (Farmer in the Dell) or chant:                                                                                        

It’s time to find the milk 

It’s time to find the milk

Milk is yummy in my tummy  

It’s time to find the milk!

Move through the kitchen with your little one using this model with other foods. 

Block Fun  (develop motor skills, coordination & creativity)

Make disposable blocks out of small boxes and milk cartons.

Tape all ends together and cover boxes with contact paper – let children choose colors and patterns   decorate blocks with stickers and crayons

sort blocks  * carry blocks  *stack blocks and knock them down!  *place blocks in larger, open containers

Can You Find Me? (develops sense of permanence and expectation)

Pick a favorite toy.   Hide the toy while your child is watching and say the following;

Where is bunny rabbit?

Where can he be? 

Let’s find him quick one, two, three!

Go to the place the bunny was hiding and discover where it was.  “Here is bunny – hooray!”

Continue game with other toys, encourage your child to hide a toy.  Each time repeat rhyme.

Always favorites:  Peek-a-boo/Reading and Word Fun/Sand & Water Play/Singing and Dancing



“A toddler’s brain is twice as active as that of a college student and can absorb

 and organize new information much faster than adult’s brains can.”


-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director



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