Ten Interactive Games for Parents and their Toddlers
Dr. Clare Albright
your child. Toddlers savor their independence but feel more secure
and content when their parent shows great interest in their
2. Pretend that you are
a kitty or a doggy and follow your child around on all fours. If you
can really get into your new role, your child will have loads of
fun. Imagination games can be a focal point of your play together
for the next few years.
3. Keep a selection of
different bubble pipes and bubble wands on hand for variety. Bubbles
- such a low priced toy - can provide hours of connection and
enjoyment for you and your toddler.
4. Keep on playing
variations of peek-a-boo and patty cake, even though you may have
been doing this for a couple of years already!
5. Hold your child
firmly in your arms and spin your body around three or more times
while saying, "I spin my baby around and around!" When you
stop spinning, hold your child until the dizziness passes for both
6. Hold your child in
your lap like an infant - and roll them up towards your face - and
down - over and over again. This movement will make you look like
you are lifting weights - and your child may howl with laughter....
7. Say, "uhhhh
buhhhhhhhh!" right in your child's face. Most children howl
8. Put a "rasberry"
on your child's tummy by blowing on their belly button. This one is
usually good for a squeal of delight followed by laughter and
9. Put your child in
your arms on the bed and roll from left to right singing,
"Sailing...sailing....over the ocean blue." This game is
easier if you are laying down and you roll your child to the left
and then to the right while singing...
10. Make funny sounds
with your child and purchase books that focus on funny sounds.
Toddlers love funny words like "zap" and "pop".
Written by Dr. Clare Albright, author of "100
Tips for Parents of Two-Year Olds", Psychologist and Parenting