A child lives playing games. While playing, he learns the world, communicates with it, and remembers the rules of behavior. It is important to provide a continuous series of fascinating activities and games for the kid, not stopping his activity for a moment. And what can you do if your child isn’t interested in toys anymore? Makeshift games can greatly help you entertain and develop your toddler.
Activities with clothes pegs: both fun and benefit
Clothes pegs are remarkable means to develop a child`s small motility. There is a great variety of games that will entertain your kid for a long time.
1. Cut out templates of the sun, a cloud, a fir-tree, a small fish, a flower, a hedgehog, or a hare from dense paper or a cardboard. Teach the child to attach clothes pegs to templates to complete the picture (for example, to make rays for the sun or prickles for a hedgehog). At first it will be difficult for the kid to attach clothes pegs, but he will remove them with pleasure. Over time his fingers will get stronger, and he will be able to perform the task properly.
2. String clothes pegs of different color on a rope. Alternate colors, create color pictures. The strung clothes pegs can be used as abacus.
3. Little children like to imitate their parents. Give your kid such a chance. Stretch a rope and let the child hang out washed things (it is better to take small ones like socks or shorts) and fix them with clothes pegs. Your little one will do this with great pleasure.
4. Ask the kid to make beads for you. Give him a rope and let him string clothes pegs, alternating them by color. Decorate the beads with ribbons or bows. You can create a ritual with these beads, for example, every evening play with “a magic necklace of desires”: the child puts on it solemnly, makes a wish and says what he will make for it to come true.
5. Clothes pegs are also good for amusing outdoor games. For example, play “Find a pin”. Attach some pegs on your clothes, and your kid has to find a certain color and remove them at the definite time. If there are two children in a family, organize “Clothes Peg Contest”: one child looks for clothes pegs on mother, another do it on father.
6. If there are lots of kids in the house, entertain them with the tag game using clothes pegs. Attach a rope tail to every child, fasten a clothes peg on it. A task is to collect as much clothes pegs as possible from all participants. A winner is that one who will have the biggest number of clothes pegs.
Games with buttons: we train fingers
It is possible to think up many interesting games with usual buttons. It is heavier to play with them than with clothes pegs, therefore wait until the child`s fingers become more obedient. Add to your arsenal some fascinating activities and the games given below.
1. Make an exercise tool of buttons. Sew some buttons of different colors and sizes on a dense fabric and give it your toddler. He will twist, rumple, taste the buttons, study their colors and forms (you can find even square and oval buttons). Such activities will promote his intensive development. You can place buttons as a picture (for example, as a flower or a tree).
2. The following exercise machine is more difficult: the child will learn to clasp buttons. Sew some bright buttons on green fabric: this will be a clearing with flowers. Cut out templates of flowers from multi-colored fabric slices and cut a hole through in the middle of each of them. Give the child a task “to put flowers on a clearing”, in other words, to fasten each flower to the sewn buttons.
3. Children over one year of age like to push different small subjects into different openings. Buttons can be perfect for this purpose. Take a can with a lid, make two or three openings of different size (considering the size of buttons) in the cover, give the child a set of buttons and tell him or show how to play: push buttons of different size into the corresponding openings.
4. Children are carried away also by the activities when they need to fill templates with buttons. Cut out any subject or composition from a dense cardboard (for example, a car or a flower in a pot). In the drawing cut out round openings by the size of buttons. Suggest the kid to decorate drawing by placing a button of a certain size in each opening. You can make all the openings of the same shape and size. Your toddler will rearrange the buttons changing colors.
Developing Activities in the kitchen
Every mother spends much time in the kitchen. Your kid will try to be there where you are. If you want him not to get bored and not to disturb you, when you are busy preparing dinner, for example, provide him with an interesting pastime. Here are some tips to help you to perfectly cope with.
1. Children enjoy playing with grain, pouring or touching it. Fill a deep bowl with a little amount of grain and give the child two glasses and one more bowl. It is desirable to use a transparent container. Your kid will pour the grain from one bowl into another with great joy, taking it with two glasses in turn.
2. Mix haricot, peas, and large pasta in a bowl. Put three containers in front of the child and let him sort the foods. This way you provide him with an intensive work for a while. The same activity can be performed with pasta of different shape.
3. The kitchen conceals many opportunities for children`s creative development. Pour a thin layer of cereal or a usual salt on a tray or a wide plate and let the child draw with a finger. You can do appliques: apply a thin layer of plasticine on a plate and show the kid how to make patterns and pictures from peas, haricots, different cereals. Ready application can be painted afterwards.
4. If you cook various dishes (for example, for a holiday dinner table), give the kid a chance to show his imagination. Cut vegetables and fruit into slices and let him decorate the ready dishes the way he wants.
5. Give the child a box of candies, a pea and a tubule, draw a goal and let your kid play the improvised hockey by blowing on the pea for it to get into the goal. Such games promote development of dexterity and speed of reaction.
6. If your kitchen is rather big, arrange sports entertainments for the toddler: give him some plastic bottles and suggest forcing down them with a ball.
7. Put some jars of different size in front of the toddler and open the lids. Give the child a task to select lids for every can and to close them.
8. Hide any subject in the kitchen. The child has to find its location according to clues (it is cold, hot, warmer, etc.).
Fascinating games and activities with water
Kids like water very much. It charms them with the splashes, fluidity, causing curiosity and desire to investigate it. Here are some interesting games with water and activities below. They will help your child not only spend time cheerfully, but also get acquainted with some properties of water.
1. Fill a basin with a little amount of water and throw some tennis balls into it. Direct the child’s attention to the fact that balls float on a water surface. Let the child catch them with hands, with a strainer or a spoon.
2. Turn your kid into a fisher. For this purpose make a rod and cut out small fishes from color plastic. The simplest variant of a rod is a long stick with a strong thread with a small magnet on its end. Fix a paper clip with an adhesive tape on each fish. Fishing equipment is ready. Pour a little water into a basin, put your plastic fishes there and catch them with a magnetic rod.
3. Imagine that water in the basin is a raging sea. “Heave off the ships” together with the child: cut slices of foam plastic and throw them into water. Make a storm in the sea: blow on the slices of foam plastic and watch them floating on waves.
4. Show the kid how sponges absorb water and how it can be squeezed out. Then let the child play pouring water from one container into another with a sponge. Organize a contest between two and more children: let them pour water from one container into another as quickly as possible. But remember that kids at this age can’t be winners and losers, so praise them and present some little gifts.
5. Investigate properties of water by throwing different objects into it. Let the child guess, whether they will sink or will float.
6. One more interesting idea how you can play with water while being anywhere: at home, outside, in a line, etc. Fill a plastic bottle with water, put multi-colored foil slices or cut brilliant candy wrappers, for example. The toy is ready. Turn the self-made kaleidoscope over, and your child will watch the spangles falling down as a brilliant rain. To slow down the speed of their falling, add a little glycerin into the water. Your kid won’t get bored with such a toy for a long time.
As you can see, it is easy to entertain a kid. Usual everyday things can be used to create lots of fascinating games so, your toddler will never get bored.