“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Toddlers like me don’t like to sit still (as you may already know). We usually wriggle from your grasp and want to be free. It can be tiring for my parents sometimes, but they know the importance of it, and hence encourage me to EXPLORE.
These days a lot of families let their children watch TV – but did you know – that we actually don’t need to watch TV? For instance, in our home there is no TV and I don’t even care. To me educational programs aren’t as enriching as real-life activities, such as figuring out how a toy works, playing games, or singing songs together.
In our household we simply encourage active playing and spending quality time together! So, if you have TV in your home you might want to limit TV watching to keep your child active.
Below are some tips for keeping your toddler(s) active:
- Listen to music and dance together
- Explore the backyard or playground together
- Climb stairs and use climbing equipment, with supervision
- Play “Follow the Leader”, “Ring Around the Rosy”, and other easy games
- Play ball
- Imitate animals
- Play on a playground, with supervision
- Enjoy imaginative play
- Build with blocks
- Draw with crayons
Now, you tell me…who wants to watch TV if you can do the fun things above?