Congratulations! You’ve survived the terrible twos with your tot. And now you can finally expand the range of activities you get to do with your kid on a daily or weekly basis. Three-year-olds are like sponges. They absorb EVERYTHING. So it is good to include a mix of physically and intellectually stimulating activities that keep kids engaged while learning. Here are a few fun activities for three-year-olds.
Best activities for three-year-olds
Red Light, Green Light
This old-time favourite is great for indoor and outdoor fun. One of the players is the traffic light. When the traffic light says Green, everyone races towards him. The moment the traffic light yells Red, everyone has to stop or risk the idea of having to take two steps back. The first person to touch the traffic light is the winner and becomes the new traffic light. This game is great for developing physical and social-emotional skills and promotes cognitive flexibility.
Building activities teach kids how to work well with others, and you can use your blocks of choice, be it Legos or dominos. The key to successfully building with your kid is taking turns to build the structure and then watching it grow, together. This activity promotes social skills and fine motor skills.
To help stimulate your three-year-old’s creativity and promote hand-eye coordination, wall art is a great activity. Try taping large pieces of butcher paper to the wall and then let your kiddo draw shapes, faces, or creative designs on the sheet. This is a cognitive and physical activity, so it’s good for their brain as well as their body, plus the vertical position of the arm facilitates visual-motor skills.
Rhyming games support linguistic development, and they are great because they can be done anywhere without any supplies. Start the game by saying “I’m thinking of something that rhymes with fly” and then your kid has to answer with something like HIGH, but you can really make this up as you go, as long as you keep them engaged in play or about five minutes.
Just like with rhyming, storytelling is an activity that can be done anywhere without any supplies, which makes it very versatile. You can start the game by saying something like: “Once upon a time, there was a little girl. The girl went to the zoo where she made a friend named…”. Now encourage your child to add to the story, ask questions, and suggest alternatives to the storyline. This activity fosters imagination and linguistic skills and encourages your child to form descriptive sentences and create a narrative for a story.