As every parent of an energy-filled toddler knows all too well, keeping them entertained can be a tricky task. Whether you are a stay at home parent, or you work, you will want to make the time you spend with your little one count, and be enjoyable for both of you. Of course, toddlers aren’t always the easiest age group to please, as any parent of a threenager can testify too, what was fun last week may be tantrum-inducing this week. 

The first 1000 days of a child’s life are widely recognised as being among the most important stages. During the first 1000 days of their life, a child’s brain develops rapidly, which means that this stage is full of opportunity for giving your child a great start in life. However, it’s not always easy to find activities that are engaging, educational, and lots of fun. 

Keeping the activities fun is essential, as children of a young age often learn best through play. A child is more likely to learn if they are enjoying themselves and feeling enthusiastic about the task, rather than feeling like they are being made to do something boring. 

If you are searching for some ideas and inspiration to keep your child active, learning, and entertained, then these suggestions should help:

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Start Swimming

Swimming is not just a great way to keep active; it is also a valuable life skill. Swimming is something that everyone able to, should learn to do, as one day it could just save your life. 

Starting swimming lessons from a young age is an ideal way to get children interested in the sport, and to develop their confidence in the water early in life. If your little one is intimidated by the crowds at a public pool, and wouldn’t suit learning to swim as part of a group, why not book some private swimming lessons for them? Booking one on one sessions will enable them to build up their confidence and technique at their own pace.

Between lessons, swimming is a perfect family activity for everyone to enjoy together, and to keep the kids away from their electronic games and the TV.

Get Closer to Nature

Nurture a love of nature in your child from the start, by teaching them all about the beautiful creatures that inhabit your local area. Why not put together a bug hunt sheet, and then you can spend time exploring together, in search of beautiful butterflies and other fantastic creatures on your bug hunt list. 

A bug hunt provides the perfect opportunity to chat with your child about nature and to talk about the characteristics of the creatures that you come across. It’s the ideal chance to get active, explore, be out in the fresh air, and learn new facts, so it ticks all the boxes!

Mini Olympics

Toddlers often have a big problem when it comes to sharing, after all, this is a new concept to them, but one that they will have to develop to get on in life. Trying out sports that naturally lend themselves to taking turns is a great way to practice the art of taking turns, being patient, and being a good sport. Of course, they may not like the whole idea of waiting for their turn to start with, but they will soon get used to it if you do this often enough.

Creating a mini Olympics isn’t about digging a long jump pit in your backyard; you simply need a bit of imagination and creativity to use items you already have and turn them into a sporting event. Try bean bag throwing, a jumping race, a soccer penalty shoot out, egg and spoon race, etc. to keep everyone having fun and being active.

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Brilliant Books and Special Stories

The importance of being read stories and looking through books is something that every parent knows is key to their child’s learning and education. Starting to read stories to your child as early as you can, will nurture an interest in books from a young age. Once your child is old enough, expand the stories further, by talking about them and develop their comprehension and vocabulary by asking their opinion on the story and why they think a particular event in the book happened.

A regular visit to the library to choose new books is also a fun way to pass the time together and could turn into a weekly trip that your child looks forward to each week.

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