Little ones say and do the funniest things! It’s no wonder we love hanging out with them! But as I’m sure everyone can admit, sometimes you get a little stuck on what to do with them. What activities keep their attention and what games can you play? Well, whether you’re looking for things to do on a rainy day or fun games to play at the next birthday party, you’re going to love the tips we’ve got to share with you!
Have fun with feet!
Have fun as everyone enjoys taking of their socks and engaging those cute little toes! Show your young friends how to pick up small toys with your toes and put them in a bucket. For kids that are more ahead of the game, try picking up all of the yellow objects, then the blue, the red, etc. This is such a fun one and a great way to make cleaning more fun, when you can put toys away or clothes in the laundry.
Try a balloon toss!
Start by blowing up several balloons and then have the kids toss them back and forth. Try having them moving closer to each other and farther away from each other. Show them how to use different body parts (hands, elbows, heads) or blowing the balloon up in the air. See how many times your preschooler can bounce the balloon up before it falls to the ground. This is good because it also gives the small child a chance to be coordinated, as the balloon spends more time in the air.
Use those legs!
Have an adult or older kid in the room give directions like “run to the big tree, touch the bark, and come back,” or “run over to the slide, go down one time, and come back” or “run around the tree three times.” This one’s great not only for gross motor skills, but for listening carefully and following directions. Feel free to use less commands in the beginning and make them more challenging as you go along.
Hawaiian hula time!
This one needs some advance planning but it’s totally worth it. Invest in several different colored hula hoops. With this one, simply lay them on the ground. Next, give the child or children fun instructions such as “run to the red hula hoop and pretend to be a car,” or “hop over to the green hula hoop like a bunny.” They'll learn colors while exercising their fast thinking muscles too.
As you can see, playing and engaging with little ones helps them grow healthy, smart and strong! Whether it’s at home or for a fun party, Ontario Bakery has you covered with both the fun and the treats! We specialize in all the custom baked goods you’ve been looking for and we want to make your next party a hit! Contact us today and see what’s possible for your next celebration!