How to Make a Backyard More Fun for Children

Not surprisingly, when a child is suddenly bored with some of his favorite activities, it only means that he needs to switch to activities that are more appropriate for his age and will make him understand his actions.

If your child is only 2 years old, here are some fun educational activities that you can try with him:

Simon Said – Simon Says is a simple but classic game that is enjoyed by children of all ages. In young toddlers, playing such a game will help improve its ability to follow directions and improve gross motor skills and receptive language.

Start by becoming a leader, by saying Simon Saying is followed by simple directions like “touch your stomach” or “raise your hand”. After a while, make the directions a little more complicated like “touch your right ear” or “jump 3 times”.

You can make the game a little more physical so your child can stay energized by asking him to catch something, hide, or go somewhere (to the fridge, beside the bed, under the window). Don’t forget to give him a turn or become a leader.

Body Tracking – All you need is a large piece of paper (big enough so that your child can fit when lying down) and a few crayons and you will have a fun activity for the afternoon. Basically, your child must lie on paper when you browse his body. Once your child’s silhouette descends, you can continue and fill the face – drawing eyes, ears, mouth, nose, etc.

Making him lie motionless while you track helps him develop his sense of self and self-control. Drawing body parts and showing him where they are further enhances his ability to identify body parts. If your child is hesitant to lie down, don’t force him – start by tracing his hands or feet!

Toy Hide and Seek – These are activities that will help improve your child’s listening, problem solving, memory and social skills. Choose at least 3 of his favorite toys and then hide them in various places in his room. Start in easy places like under a pillow or behind a chair.

Ask him to find a toy, give a hint and say “warmer” or “cooler” as a guide. Finally, you can choose a more difficult hiding place or move to a bigger room.

Actually there are still lots of fun games for your child, you can find some references in educational books or on the internet. To be sure, if you have a large yard, then that is a big advantage for you and your children.