Playing with kids under three years old, how do you play?

@property (453)
United States
May 5, 2008 4:04pm CST
I was playing hand games with my 20 month old daughter today, and after the itsy bitsy spider, and 5 little sausages I began to wonder how other parents play with their little ones. I could always use fresh ideas of simple quick games. Does anyone have ideas that can hold a child's interest for a least a few minutes in a grocery cart or at a doctor appointment? I was originally thinking on the lines of hand games but any responce would be appreciated. Thanks!
3 responses
@slothgurl (503)
• United States
9 May 08
When my son was small, I used to make him his own list for the grocery store. His list would just have colors on it, the basics- red, yellow, blue, and green. When we would go down the rows, he would check off the color when he found that color on a product. Same thing in the fruit and veggie section, but he always said the same thing "No blue fruit Mama!" As he got older I made the colors into letters. He would have to find a red "h" or green "d". Now he's old enough (8yrs) he can actually have his own list and basket, and I let him pick out the fruit and bread. #:)
@property (453)
• United States
10 May 08
This is just the kind of suggestion I was looking for!! I will definately be using this idea and I love that the game grows with the child!! thanks so much!!!!
@danzer (2732)
• Philippines
6 May 08
I admire you for having the time to play with your daughter. I do play with them but not much. I just let them play alone and they're okay. I usually buy a little toy and my boy is already happy with it that when I told him to just sit and keep quiet, he obeys and just play with himself. Good day to you and happy playing with your daughter.
@property (453)
• United States
6 May 08
Thank you for your comment. I realize we are all busy, and don't always have the time to play with little one's, but when you do have a moment to spare, how do you interact with your son? Sometimes we play with our kids with out even realising that is what we are doing. For instance, we might stick out our tongue and wait for them to copy us. As simple as that is, it is a game. Singing songs with hand gestures is a type of play. Do you do any of those types of things?
@freak369 (4717)
• United States
7 May 08
When I am babysitting I drag out all the toys that my brood used to play with. Most of them are still in excellent condition and are for ages 1 through about 5 so no matter who is here for the day, there are tons of great things for them to play with and learn from.