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Discover These Activities for 24+ Month Old Children - It's Game Time!

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Let him learn by playing

Exploring shapes and sizes

Toddlers love playing with uncooked rice, uncooked beans, dry noodles, dry rolled oats and so on. They can sharpen their fine motor skills by picking pieces up, and they can measure, scoop and pour. Of course you can only do this with toddlers who are not putting things in their mouth, because these objects are choking hazards.

Get down and boogie

Turn on a kids' CD or a toddler music channel on TV. Your child will move and play, especially if you join in by singing and dancing. This play hones your toddler’s gross motor movements plus language and listening skills as he sings along to the words.

Name the animal

Print off some images of animals, paste them on a piece of cardstock or poster board, and label them: cow, goat, pig, dog, etc. Show your child the poster, and teach him the names of the animals while pointing to each picture. Make the animal sounds as well. Hang the poster on a wall or the refrigerator at your toddler’s height. You can use this to 'quiz' your child as his language skills develop and he is able to make the animal sounds or point to each and say the name.

Make a “personalized” puzzle

Cut a large photo of your child into simple geometric shapes. The more pieces you cut, the harder the puzzle will be. Give the puzzle to your toddler to put together. He will be delighted to see his own face.

Bat the ball

Tie a string to a beach ball or balloon and fasten the end to the top of a doorway or the ceiling, or to a fence outside. The string should be long enough to allow your toddler to just reach the ball when he is standing up. The goal is to have your child bat at the ball while maintaining balance. For older toddlers, you can shorten the string so they have to reach higher (making balancing harder) or jump to hit the ball.

Tube Bowling

Line up paper towel or toilet paper tubes on the floor in a bowling arrangement. Show your toddler how to roll the ball at the tubes to knock them over and to count how many are down. Have a competition with him to see who can get the highest