How time flies! 2 year old kid isn’t a baby anymore, and this toddler is full of questions! Toddlers are keen to work on their motor skills and eager to learn new things. What a great opportunity to get them inspired and excited about brand-new experiences. Their concentration skills might not be great yet, but this is the time to impart fun learning, while still keeping gaming sessions short and sweet.
These games come highly recommended, as they are rich with pictures and sound, require short sessions and by playing them, you teach valuable emotional intelligence, teamwork and motor skills:
Kids respond to positive encouragement, and boosting the fun factor around potty training can be rewarding for both child and parent. Experts say it’s best not to start potty training during stressful or transitional times, and games can help make the whole process feel more relaxing and comfortable for your child.
Playing games can help improve children’s fundamental movement skills. Object control and hand-eye coordination can be improved, strengthening observational skills and interaction.
Words and pronunciation and listening
They say that the more you practice a language, the more you improve it. Games are an excellent tool to help your child learn new vocabulary, getting immediate feedback and response without a teacher present. Associations of words with pictures provide the building blocks of language development. Pictures allow the child to establish words in a sentence and the audio hones pronunciation, reinforcing knowledge of familiar words. The repetition of tasks and game playing, helps imprint words in the memory and focus a child’s listening and attention skills in a fun way.
When you celebrate a child’s success you are sending a signal to their brain which says “do it again”! Positive reinforcement and providing feedback helps your child feel good, impacting memory, learning, motivation and cognitive function. Game playing is a driver for building self-esteem and motivating your child to further accomplishments.
Numbers from 1 to 10
Children aged 2-3 are at the perfect age to start building and developing basic numerical skills and familiarity. Game progress is often made by solving very simple problems and counting, and it is the best way to make number learning engaging for both you and your child. After learning their basic numbers, children are able to develop to the next level of maths learning in no time.
Stacking and puzzles and logic
Puzzle solving used to be confined to classroom lessons, but now there is an almost limitless universe of educational games out there to make cracking them together with your child an endless joy. From stacking, to maze running, unraveling and piecing together parts of a jigsaw, your children can enjoy having their brains flexed and logic enhanced by trying out all kinds of fun conundrums.
Bliss, relief, pride, surprise, curiosity, excitement, awe and wonder experienced through playing games all help your child to develop emotional intelligence. Self-expression, relaxation and overcoming challenges all help your child to regulate and manage their emotions, going through them in a safe and comfortable way that is socially rewarding for the whole family. Emotional development is key to sparking and boosting a child’s character both in understanding and recognition of feelings.
Working in a team is a skillset that’s necessary for our entire lives. Teaching your children to be team players early on comes naturally when interacting with each other while playing a game. Listening and helping each other through challenges and learnings can be a magic experience for you and your child. Connect through team play and feel a mutual sense of achievement that they will carry with them, as they develop this skill further in life.
Try these Hatch Kids games with your toddler:
Sago Mini Toolbox
My Hungry Little Caterpillar
Sago Road Trip
My Little Farm Life