Natural free toddler games are fantastic for those times when you can’t, or don’t want to carry a cart load of toys along with your toddler.

The trick is to find things that are already in your environment and use them to entertain your toddler. Nature holds so much scope for learning, especially for a toddler! Most young children love running though a meadow, exploring a forest or finding shells on a beach. Here’s some things to do with toddlers using nature.

Nature Play
Take a trip outside and collect natural stuff like shells, pebbles, driftwood, fir cones, and fallen leaves.

At home turn the natural materials she collected into supervised free games for children:

Try Heuristic Play
Heuristic (hewr-iss-tisk) play enables children to discover and learn things for themselves. It works so well because toddlers learn best from doing and experimenting with their environment. And it is a very enjoyable free toddler game too.

Examples of heuristic play objects:

Keep these items in separate containers for each category.

At a time when your toddler is alert and awake, create a space free of furniture and toys. Place about three categories of items in piles dotted around the room or garden. Find a few small bags, tins, boxes and baskets. You can dot them around the area or place them in another pile.

Invite your toddler to play with the objects.

Sit back and relax. 😉 Enjoy the show. Only interact for safety reasons, unless he invites you into his play, of course. After about 45 minutes or when he’s had enough, tidy up together, putting the categories of objects into separate boxes or bags. This sorting practice is another free toddler game and she will certainly consider it a game too!

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