Have some fun right now!
When it’s too cold to go outside, keep her busy indoors with these energy-burning activities
Using some double-sided sticky tape, make a criss-cross web at toddlerheight across the width of a door frame. Scrunch up balls of newspaper and place them in a bucket. Ask your toddler to throw the balls as hard as she can at the open door frame. She might have to stand back or throw some harder than others. When she’s thrown all of the balls, she can pick them all off and start again!
CIRCLE OF NOISE
Give your toddler a wooden spoon and go on a treasure hunt around the house to find objects that make a different noise when they’re banged. As well as a saucepan, you might end up with a plastic bowl, soft cushion, tin of baked beans, cereal packet, welly… Take them all into the living room and arrange them in a big circle. Your toddler can run around her orchestra and make a proper racket!
Find a floaty scarf each for you and your toddler – muslins will do if you don’t have any. Don’t tell your tot, but start copying whatever she does with hers. She’ll take a while to twig what you’re up to, but then she’ll go wild!
Gather all of his cuddly animal toys and dot them around the house. Choose which one you’re starting with, and encourage her to make that animal sound, and move like it too. When you get to the next animal, then impersonate that one instead. You’ll soon find out which creature she enjoys being most!
Stick two parallel lines of masking tape onto the floor, making lots of twists and turns, and going from room to room and even up onto the sofa! Challenge her to walk between the lines, but then mix it up – can she crawl, tip-toe and jump along, too? Call it a road and she’ll play with her cars on it, or a track for her trains, a path for her cuddlies…
Tape sheets of A4 paper to the floor with masking tape, and tell her these are stepping stones and the living-room carpet is a big lake. Can she cross from the sofa island to the chair without getting her feet wet? She’ll love it if you play along and pretend to dip a toe in to find that the water’s very chilly – or fall in!
Got a wooden board puzzle? Lay the empty board in the middle of the living room and hide all the pegged pieces. To start with, put the puzzle pieces in plain view but, once she gets the idea, start to pop them in places where just a bit is poking out. She’ll love racing round to find the pieces.
Get a stack of bright, different-coloured Post-it notes and stick them all around the room – your toddler will love helping with this job. Then ask her to collect the green ones: time her, so she races around to collect them. Then challenge her to get all the yellow ones in less time… then the orange ones!
Toddlers love a boogie and, so far, she’s probably only had chance to dance to music that you like! Head online to radio.garden and you can listen live to thousands of radio stations around the world. Who knows whether she’ll love shimmying to an Asian beat, rocking out to American metal, or kicking her legs to some Serbian folk? But, be warned, she’ll expect you to join in too!