According to most psychologists, when you are introducing games and toys to help your child learn, the main thing is to keep the entire process stupid and simple. Toddlers are in a phase where they are beginning to learn about the world and their position in it. So, you must avoid toys that have a lot of noise in the form of whistles and bells, because this might cause them to back out. Here are some educational games which can help your kids learn in the proper manner.
The Color Game
At first, choose a particular color and then roam around the house picking up various things which have the same color, ensuring that the color name is being mentioned every time. Once you exhibit this pattern of finding items and naming colors for some time, ask your toddler to search for the items on his own. Always encourage him to loudly speak out the name of the color. Once you see that your child is capable of selecting a few items, move on to another color. When you are sure that he has gained some confidence in identifying and naming colors, mix up two or more colors.
Old Lego’s might have the problem of choking due to small pieces, but you can always make your child play with them in your presence. Now big pieces are there to avoid the choking problem. The prime goal of Lego is to make kids learn through building acts. As they lock pieces for making a particular shape, the manual skills are developed along with the recognition power to identify repetition patterns as pieces are set up. This enhances the memory skills amazingly.
No doubt, puzzles are brilliant tools because they not only teach hand-eye coordination but also build self-esteem, as the child becomes capable of fitting different pieces together. As a parent it is your responsibility to celebrate his small victories, as he feels more and more confident once every correct placement is done. Start off with a small puzzle initially and then based upon how your kid progresses, introduce more complicated puzzles.
The Placement Game
From magazines or catalogues, cut out room pictures along with objects that can be found in those rooms. For instance, if you are cutting out the picture of a kitchen, also cut out dishes, tea pots and so on. Again, if it is a bedroom, cut out things like blankets, pillows, and the like. Ask your child to fit the correct objects in the correct rooms. He might not get everything correct in the first few attempts, but in the process, he will become accustomed to a number of objects that exist on this earth.
Blocks are indeed fun as your kid places one item after another waiting for that huge crash to occur. You can play this block game with anything like plastic cups, bowls, etc. In playing the block game, toddlers get acquainted to pressure and restraint. As they try to decide whether another thing can be added to the tower without making it crash, they learn judgment too. If the blocks happen to be of different colors, you may also teach him names of colors by gathering similar colors together.