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- One for you, one for me ＝ 学习分享
You can use anything you like for this game — buttons, crayons, raisins. Give your toddler a small pile and ask him to share them out — ‘one for you, one for me’ — into some small containers or plates. Invite your partner, a little friend or his favourite teddy to join in, too, so he can practise sharing things out three ways. Your toddler will love being in charge — and this game will help introduce him to numbers as well.
- Indoor basketball ＝锻炼动手能力
Use sheets of newspaper to make lots of balls by scrunching them up small. Clear any nearby breakable objects before starting play. Practise by having a competition to see who can throw the balls furthest. Then play basketball — place a wastepaper bin a metre or so away and see who can land a ball in it. Besides being lots of fun, this game will help improve your toddler’s hand-eye skills.
- Odd man out ＝分辨能力
Practice this game using your fruit bowl or a plate of biscuits to begin with. Put a couple of apples and a banana, for example, or two plain biscuits and one chocolate one, in front of your toddler and ask him which is the odd one out. Gradually you can make the game more difficult with card shapes or pictures — two squares and one triangle, for example, or two flowers and one tree — and seeing if he can spot which one is different. A great game for helping your toddler understand the concepts of ‘same’ and ‘different’.
- Going on a picnic ＝ 野餐
Make an ordinary day more fun by having a picnic for lunch. You don’t need to go out — just spread a blanket on the sitting-room floor and eat from paper plates. Prepare some finger food with your toddler — mini sandwiches, vegetables sticks, hardboiled eggs, for example, and encourage him to pretend that you’re somewhere more exciting, like up a mountain or by a stream. Your toddler will love using his imagination and it will also give you lots to talk about.
- Where does this go? ＝锻炼交流能力
Using old magazines cut out pictures of pieces of furniture — chairs, TV, cooker, bed — as well as other things you have around the house like a kettle, towels and books. Then cut out pictures of rooms — a sitting room, dining room, garage, garden. Lay the pictures out on the floor and ask you toddler to help put all the pictures of the furniture and objects in the right room. Don’t worry too much if he doesn’t know or gets it wrong — just see the game as a great chance to have a chat and encourage your toddlers conversational skills.
- Don’t fall in the sea! ＝ 平衡能力
Pretend the carpet is the sea and your toddler has to reach the other side of the room without getting his feet wet. Place cushions, magazines or paper plates across the floor as stepping stones. A fun game that will help your toddler’s sense of balance and spatial awareness.