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Fun Travel Games That Will Keep Your Toddler Busy

“Are we there yet?”, a question children love to ask every few minutes when traveling. Traveling is a challenge for many parents since they need to keep their kids preoccupied until they reach their destination. Hence, travel games come in very handy to keep toddlers happy whether traveling by car, plane, train or boat.

I Spy Alphabet

The I Spy game is a simple, fun and classic game toddlers love to play during trips, perfect for beating long hours of boredom. Start by deciding on a category. Say for instance the category is animals. You can start by saying an animal that starts with the letter A, say for example “ape” then have your little one say something beginning with that letter like “ant” and move on to the next letter until you finish the alphabet. This game is better played during a family outing so a lot of people can participate to make it more interesting. Not only will this game excite your toddler but also challenge him mentally as well.

Backseat Bingo

You will need a pen or crayon (for marking) and printable game boards which you can download online or you can make your own game boards with different categories. Play the game by marking the item when you see it as you travel. The first one to get a straight row going up, down, across, crosswise or until every item in the board is marked must say BINGO to be declared the winner.

Travel Collage

Cut out pictures of airplanes, boats, bicycles, motorcycles, cars and trains using old magazines or newspapers. Together, you can glue these down randomly to create a travel collage. As you work on this project, ask your toddler questions about the various modes of transportation. Which is his favorite? Why does he like it? Which would be best to take to the park? Grandpa’s house? To Disneyland?

The Transfer Station

Now that your toddler is an expert at using his hands and is beginning to understand basic concepts like “empty and full” and “in and out”, utilize  these emerging skills by bringing two covered plastic containers. Fill up one container with toys like blocks, stuffed animals, crayons, etc. and leave the other container empty. Place the two containers next to each other and encourage your young one to move the items from one container to the next, then back again.

Granny Went To Market

Ideally played during car trips, this game also doubles as a memory game. Begin the game by saying “Granny went to market and bought…” Make sure to choose items you can see outside the car windows, say for example flowers. Let your toddler repeat this and have him add another item to the list, for instance, a  bottle of milk. Repeat these two items and add another, saying “Granny went to market and bought flowers, a bottle of milk and vegetables.”. Continue doing this until you have mentioned at least 20 items.

Guess The Animal

Take turns of being the animal and let everyone guess what you are. If you are a giraffe, you can say “I am tall. I have a long neck. I have spots.”. When someone has guessed what animal you are, let that person be the next animal.


Reading is another great travel game. Use board books since they are small and lightweight. Choose his favorite stories, read them to him or read together. Read them as if you are acting in a dramatic play, complete with delighted, scared and funny voices. Point out pictures, a dog for example and act out the sound of the dog. Have him repeat it after you so he will not get bored just listening to you.

The right travel games can make a trip much easier not only for your toddler but for everyone else as well. Be creative, have variety and challenge.

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Popular Websites of Online Toddler Games

With computers being a part of every individual’s life, it does not come as a surprise that toddlers have become more inclined to learn all they can about it. Online toddler games are an excellent way to grow your toddler’s abilities. They are engaging, non-violent and educational.  There are a lot of sites that offer an entertaining and worthwhile experience. Here is a round-up of the best gaming websites for toddlers.

Fisher Price

The most popular website of toddler online games, Fisher Price has over 27 different fun games every infant, toddler and preschooler can play. All games are free and useful in developing your little one’s basic skills. Every game focuses on different aspects of literacy, from learning the ABC’s, introduction to colors, numbers, shapes and the sounds of animals, interactive songs to exposure to musical instruments. Your toddler will surely have fun playing Tap and Color, Little People ZooTalkers Puzzles, GeoTrax Engine Builder and Little People ZooTalkers Memory Match games. The site is easy to access so your toddler can simply browse the games he likes and play at his own pace.

Nick Jr.

Nick Jr., the website of the well-loved kids channel Nickelodeon has loads of surprises in store for every toddler. Online games are directed towards preschoolers but children between ages 1 to 3 can play them as well. Most popular Nick Jr. games are - Dino Dan’s Dino Dig Game, a good introduction to learning the history of dinosaurs. This arranging game also helps your toddler learn about animal bone structure. Second, is the Nick Jr. Free Draw game, perfect for honing your little one’s artistic skills. Lastly, the Coloring Book game where he can choose to color the scenes from his favorite Nick Jr. shows.

Sesame Street

This fun online website’s games are based exactly like the television show that features the beloved Sesame Street characters so you can easily spot which games your little one will truly be interested in. Games are full of color and life which will keep your toddler busy for hours. It is very educational with the numerous counting, rhyming, pairing and sorting games. Some of their best games include – Alphabet Soup, Animal Sounds, Big Bird’s Numbers, Check Out Cookie, Counting With Elmo and Word Games.

Up To Ten

With over 1,300 games available for toddlers from age 0 to 10, Up To Ten games are classified in a very unique way. You can quickly access computer literacy development by clicking the orange icons. Green icons for fine motor and motor development games and red for games which require adult supervision. Some of their most popular free online games include – Marcelino, Delook and Sharpy, Spot The Difference, Sort Shapes By Size, Music Box Dance and creative games like Build Your Own Snowman and Tree Sculpture.

Ziggity Zoom

An interactive toddler gaming website recommended for children ages 2 to 5. Ziggity Zoom is a site wherein both parents and toddlers can play the games together to promote creativity, reading and dexterity. Your toddler will enjoy completing various games (e.g. Beep Beep, Word Cat and Letter Blaster), read and listen to children’s e-books, watch videos and print printable workbooks containing various arts and crafts project both you and your young one can do during his play time.

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Fun Toddler Games You And Your Toddler Can Do At Home

At this point, all your toddler wants to do is to have fun. Playing all day long is your little one’s major activity and the great thing about it is that you can make a game out of anything. Games do not have to be expensive or modern for your toddler to enjoy it. All that matters is that these games provide entertainment and education at the same time. Most importantly, games are more fun for your toddler when you play together.

You and your young one can play games within the comforts of your home. You can have fun playing inside or outside your garden. Just select games that are fun so your toddler will not get bored. The following are some examples of fun toddler games you and your child can accomplish at home.

Do-it-Yourself Projects

Introduce your toddler to the beauty of arts and crafts. This helps your little one to discover that there are fun things beyond his action figures, robots and PlayStation. Look up online and search websites for unique do-it-yourself games you both can play at home. You and your toddler can sit down and make your own version of a castle by using Styrofoam’s, toothpicks, art papers, etc. or you can have a game of Tell Me A Story wherein you both get five to six objects found in the house and put it inside the paper bag. After which, you can take turns removing each item in the bag, create a sentence for every object removed. Your toddler will surely love this game since it gives him control to make his own stories. Another great alternative to this game is to use finger puppets. You and your toddler can draw puppets using washable markers on each of your fingers and create story lines for every puppet character.

Play Dough

Your toddler loves to get his hands dirty and create something out of nothing. This is a fun game you and your young one can do anywhere in your house. Get him clays at your local toy store or bake together to make your own dough. He can squeeze his dough’s and form them into different shapes helping him boost his mind and fine motor skills.

Jigsaw Puzzles

There is no better game to perform at home than completing jigsaw puzzles. Puzzles give your toddler a challenge making him more determined to fill up every blank space. Help him out by assisting him in filling out the blank spaces. Start out with simple puzzles first such as a puzzle forming a circle or a triangle or the letter A.

Treasure Hunt

If your toddler loves to play games that involve lots of body movement, then hold a treasure hunt game. You and your toddler can be partners in hunting for the hidden treasure. Place clues that will lead him to the treasure inside and outside of your home to make it more exciting. You can also try using a ball of yarn and run it around the house (under his chair, table or bed, across the living room, above the dining table, etc.) until he reaches the end of the yarn where his treasure awaits.

Household Chores

House errands can be a game as long as you find ways to make it fun for your toddler. Since toddlers generally like to help around the house; why not let him help you wash the windows, set the table or sort out the laundry. This simple game will not only give amusement to your child but this also allows him to feel good about accomplishing something encouraging him to help you out more often.

Hide and Seek

Hide and seek is one classic all-time favorite game that gives any toddler the thrill of not getting caught. You can take turns looking for each other or you can hide an alarm clock under your bed. Together, look for the clock by following the ticking sounds it makes.

Memory Cards

Use index cards to draw identical letters of the alphabet, numbers, colors or shapes. Place the cards facedown in the table and have your toddler pick out the cards until all the cards have been matched up. This is a good game to increase your toddler’s memory and retention.

Playing games together gives him more confidence that he can do things on his own and that making mistakes is normal allowing him to maximize his development.


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The Top Ten Toddler Party Activities

It is your toddler’s big day and you are completely stressed with all the preparation. But have you settled which party games to hold? If you forgot about it, then take some time off to think about party activities that your toddler and other kids can enjoy. Toddlers basically have a short attention span and their energy level is just ravenous. Choose simple to follow yet fun toddler party activities. Here are the top ten toddler party games that promises to keep toddlers excited and their attention focused until the end of the celebration.

Ten Best Toddler Party Activities

1.) Treasure Hunt

Toddlers always love the game hide and seek and what better way to incorporate this game than by holding a treasure hunt activity during a party. Have toddlers hunt for a certain object and give them a clue. The first one who gets the treasure will be rewarded with an even better reward. The challenge and suspense of being the first to find the treasure excites toddlers. It makes them giddy to run all over the place and search from corner to corner. This is a sure fire way to keep toddlers game and involved throughout the whole festivity.

2.) Obstacle Course

Again, toddlers are not too keen when it comes to taking instructions but this activity allows them to follow directions. Set up a simple obstacle course inside and outside of the house to make it more exciting. Let them feel like they are explorers and navigate them to different corners. Here is a simple and fun idea of a toddler obstacle course - pile up pillows inside the living room they can go over (resembling a brick wall), an inflatable swimming pool with lots of foam balls and a big cartoon where they can transfer all the foam balls. After finishing the task, they must rush outside to straightly cross the path with ropes, go under the table and crawl and finally ring the bell to signal the end of the course. To make it more fun, divide them into two teams and the winners get a reward.

3.) Newspaper Dance

Ask toddlers to pair with an elder. Give each player a newspaper. As the music starts they must dance outside the newspaper. Once the music stops they need to step on it. After which, they must fold the newspaper in half and do the same process until only ¼ of the newspaper is left. The player who steps outside the newspaper gets eliminated. This is a great party game that will surely leave toddlers smiling and asking for more.

4.) Musical Chairs

To make this classic game even more fun, add a little twist to it. Instead of pulling a chair every time the music stops, have enough chairs for all the kids, but adorn one to match the party theme. Whichever toddler lands in that chair at the correct time gets a prize of some sort. Since each child will have more opportunities, this should also serve to limit the possibility for fighting from those that got eliminated.

5.) Circle Games

A great toddler party activity done in groups, play a nursery song that involves body movement from each group. Ring-a-ring-of-Roses, Old MacDonald Had A Farm and The Farmer’s In His Den are fun examples of interactive songs.

6.) The Boat Is Sinking Game

Gather all kids to form one big circle and let them wait for the host to give the instructions. Once the host says “the boat is sinking group yourselves into three”, the toddlers will then group themselves according to the number given by the host. The one without a partner is eliminated and be given a consolation prize.

7.) Red Blue Green

Red for fast speed, blue for average and green for slow. Pick different actions like dancing, hopping, jumping, skipping or walking. Shout out the colors and movements.

8.) Score A Goal

Give 2 balloons to every player, one round and one long. Using the long balloon as a bat, the players must take the round balloon into a box which is used as the target. The player who first takes the balloon into the box is the winner.

9.) Bubble Game

Simple yet very entertaining. Blow lots and lots of bubbles into the air and let toddlers catch them. The more bubbles the better.

10.) Piñata

Get a very colorful piñata and stuff it with lots of goods. Any toddler will love to be the one to break the piñata and have all the candies and sweets fall out.

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Where to Find Free Educational Games For Toddlers

Young children always like the idea of playing. It excites them, challenges them and gives them something to do. Incorporating not just any game but educational games during your toddler’s playtime completely helps his development. At his tender age he is more susceptible to try out new things. The secret to keeping your toddler interested in these games is to use a variety of different learning activities to retain his attention.

Educational games for toddlers are great source of fun and are superb ways to boost your toddler’s learning. Beyond that, it is also a great means to strengthen your parent-child relationship. You can find countless of free educational games for toddlers everywhere. Here are some great resources that provide entertaining yet knowledgeable games fit for every toddler’s age:


A timeless source of everything, the library holds thousands of books about every topic. If you want to find free learning games for your toddler, then check out your local library first. Look for the section with books intended for kids. In there you can find classic yet proven effective learning games.

Online Forums

Using the internet, go to websites that are dedicated for mothers and toddlers. You can find different forums wherein moms across the globe give tips to other moms. Exchanging ideas and tips is very helpful especially when you are looking for fun educational games for your little one. You are sure to come across different learning websites. Plus, there are a lot of do-it-yourself projects that you and your toddler can make together allowing your toddler to not just rely on the web but be hands on with his learning.

Online Game Websites

If your toddler prefers to play games using the computer, then might as well take advantage of it. There are thousands of gaming sites for toddlers. However, not all of them are age-appropriate. It is best to research first and visit top ranking websites to make sure it certainly has educational games. Here are some of the most popular websites that provide free educational games suitable for every toddler’s age:

  • Fisher Price. This website not only offers excellent tips and tricks for parents but as well as online educational games and activities as well. Great for toddlers from 9 months to 2 years old, it offers basic educational games ranging from the alphabet, colors and shapes, numbers, memory match down to simple math.
  • Nick Jr.com. The website of the much adored Nickelodeon kids’ channel, Nick Jr. allows your toddler to play kid-centric characters like Dora the Explorer, Clifford and Team Umizoomi. They have educational games that help your toddler identify different shapes and colors, answer easy counting trivia’s or find hidden objects.
  • Disney Junior. Another all time favorite, you will be sure your toddler will enjoy playing fun and learning games that allows him to enhance his skills.
  • Starfall. Starfall.com is a phonetic focused website that offers toddlers comprehensive games helping them learn how to read and write simple words correctly.

Games create a huge impact on your toddler and are very powerful means of developing your toddler’s overall skills. Let your toddler play educational games to help him advance, enhance and grow fittingly.


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What Your Toddler Can Learn From Toddler Online Educational Games

It is a fact that toddlers love to try out new things since every aspect of their lives is completely new to them. Being curious and inquisitive are the two most common traits they have while exploration becomes their profession. Games are the answer to every toddler’s questions. This is an activity wherein they discover and learn things on their own.

The internet is a priceless learning tool for your toddler. You can find thousands of online gaming websites to help boost your toddler’s knowledge and skills. Apart from books, online learning games are one of the most fun and effective learning instruments that help your tot learn more at an early age in which he can mingle with his favorite cartoon characters and discover early toddler skills like counting and reciting the alphabet.

Lessons Learned From Toddler Online Educational Games

Toddler online educational games relay various learning’s to your child, some of the following are:

An Improved Language Skill

Probably the best lesson your toddler can learn from playing toddler online educational games is the enhancement of his verbal skills and vocabulary. Language is very important since this gauges how your toddler is fully equipped which will affect him towards adulthood. A lot of online learning websites are focused on helping toddlers boost their language. These are a good means of preparing your tot for his playschool and pre-school years. These sites come with bright, clear, friendly and easy to follow audio sounds which encourages your toddler to follow every word spoken in the game.

Letter and Number Identification

Most toddler learning websites have activities that include counting and recitation. This also serves as his introduction to good practice and recognition allowing your toddler to correctly identify a certain number from another number.

Shape and Color Recognition

Colors and shapes are the two most efficient ways that helps your child learn things. With the help of an online game website, shapes and colors become more fun and vibrant allowing your toddler to easily identify red from green and a circle from an oblong.

Musical Ability

Since all online games have music and sound, this helps your toddler create little music allowing him to freely come up with his own composition. By doing so, he learns how to maximize his brain and vocabulary skills to complete the idea. Online educational games also refreshes his resilience and maintain mental innovation.

Correct Spelling

Toddler online games cover all bases when it comes to your tot’s early education. With the help of simple words flashed throughout the computer screen, your toddler figures out how to spell different words especially when he constantly repeats playing certain games. The way various words are spelled out retains in his mind making it easier for him to master his spelling.


Learning proper order is essential for toddlers since this serves as a basic preface for problem solving (Math) and reasoning. Online games involving the order of the alphabet and numbers allow your toddler to be able to identify what comes before and after the letter C and what is the next number after eight.

Develop Math Skills

Math scares toddlers away. But, with the help of toddler online educational games, most toddlers these days have more fun doing addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Online games that includes simple math helps your toddler learn the basics paving his way to becoming an excellent problem solver.

Advanced Motor Skills

Hand-eye synchronization is also developed. Each time your tot clicks and moves over the mouse, it helps him fine tune his motor skills helping him expand his movements and improve his coordination.

Learn How to Face Challenges

The most basic learning your child can get from playing online learning games is that everything has its limits and is a challenge. It enables him to cooperate well with others, ask for other family member’s assistance when having a difficult time solving a certain game.

Toddler online educational games are an effective solution to help your toddler develop his mental, emotional, cognitive, social and physical skills without eliminating fun and entertainment to the equation.

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Best Toddler Learning Games For Your Child

As always, your toddler functions best when at play. His creative mind continues to flow with countless possibilities day by day and what better way to use and maximize your toddler’s ingenious ideas than by letting your child play fun educational games. A lot of toddler development happens with these activities so see to it that your toddler takes advantage of it.

Toddler learning games are fun and wonderful. This keeps your little child entertained and interested. Beyond that, toddler games also polishes every skill of your toddler. Games allow him to develop in different areas such as – the physical, emotional, intellectual, cognitive and fine motor aspects.

The Top Toddler Learning Games For Your Kid

There are various educational games you can introduce to your toddler. Make sure that you let him play games that cover and help his overall development, one that allows him interaction. Here are some of the best toddler learning games:

Warm Up Games

When you start shifting from plain entertainment games to fun educational games, warm up activities must first be introduced to your child. In this way, you prevent him from getting confused and uninterested because of the new game play patterns. Together with your toddler, hold an activity wherein you circle out mistakes. For example, buy a book that allows your child to compare drawing A from drawing B and help him spot the differences. This peaks your tot’s interest and stimulates his brain allowing him to feel more challenged to complete his task and continue on to tackle other games.

Creative Mind and Body Games

Toddler learning games involving the mind and body entails your toddler’s full participation. Through the help of songs (e.g. lullabies, nursery rhymes such as When You’re Happy and You Know It, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, etc.) he learns things through play and is encouraged to discover different kinds of shapes, colors, sounds, the alphabet, etc. along the way.

Board Games

Board games are considered to be the best learning game for toddlers since it solidifies every skill of a child. It assists your toddler in recognizing and retaining what he has learned. The ability to identify alphabet, colors, numbers and shapes is enhanced making a huge impact with his visual and hearing perception. Get your tot a board game that is suitable for his age. Here are some examples of board games:

  • Snakes and Ladders. An all-time favorite even of parents, this board game guides your toddler towards different numbers. It helps increase his agility and improves his fine motor skills. Great for your toddler’s early years (from 12 months to 18 months).
  • Zingo. A bingo type of game that requires your toddler to match the picture to the words on the play card. This game improves your toddler’s matching and recognition skills as well as fine motor skills since the contestants need to compete in order to complete a particular line to be declared as the winner. Best played by toddlers from ages 1 to 2.
  • Junior Monopoly. Another classic favorite amongst thousands of learning games, monopoly helps in developing your toddler’s math, reading and social skills. His sense of reasoning is also enhanced. Fit for toddlers from ages 2 to 3.
  • Scrabble. Fit for older toddlers (ages 3 to 7), this type of learning game helps your toddler discover new words, corrects his spelling and language as well as his matching proficiency since he has to think of new words and match letters to words already written on one side of the board.

Puzzle Games

Whether it be a wood, jigsaw, foam or floor puzzle; puzzle games help your toddler develop the ability of being a problem solver. His ability to think things fairly, retain memory and immediately come up with a solution is increased.

Online Educational Games

Another popular learning technique, learning games found in the web helps your toddler become more dexterous. Playing learning games online helps you keep your toddler’s attention focused on a specific topic for long periods of time. Since most online games are animated and are equipped with audio and music, this effortlessly assists him to correctly identify objects and categories in a shorter time. His verbal and written skills are also enhanced.

Games always give toddlers a great time. Just remember to choose educational games instead of violent and rough games. In this way, you are secure that your toddler gets all the proper learning he needs.

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