5 Backyard Games for Toddlers
Cut out large fish shapes from colorful construction paper. (You and your toddler can even decorate them with crayons and stickers on a rainy day!) “Hide” the fish outside in the yard. They will, of course, be mostly visible and reachable. Then, have your toddler find all the fish. He can put them in a basket, a net, a bucket, or clip them onto a string. Help your toddler along the way, and he’ll be delighted to find all the fish.
Don’t like fish? You can also make hearts, stars, balls, smiley faces, other animals, bugs … anything you can think of! If you don’t have construction paper handy, you can also alter this game and hide stuffed animals, balls, or even shoes.
Baby Steps, Big Steps
This game was invented by the makers of Yo Gabba Gabba. You can watch Muno and the whole gang play Baby Steps, Big Steps in the “Together” episode.
How it works: You start singing or chanting “Baby steps”* and demonstrate tiny little steps with your toddler. Then shout, “Now BIG STEPS! One! Two! Three! Four!” and make four large, exaggerated steps. Simple and fun. Your toddler will do Baby Steps, Big Steps over and over, excited about the anticipation of the Big Steps. It’s good for counting to four and for listening skills.
* Actual lyrics: “Taking baby steps, baby steps. Little tiny baby steps. Some steps.” Repeat.