This game will help your child develop a strong grasp -- good for that firm handshake she'll need when she's older. She'll also gain strength in her arms and shoulders, and better balance from pulling on the rope. She'll learn endurance, follow-through, and the importance of not giving up.
Whether your toddler wants to be a soccer star or just loves to chase balls, this is a great way to practice gross motor skills, balance, timing, and concentration.
Take your little one for a spin around the dance floor. You're introducing her to rhythm and helping her coordination -- something she'll need if she plays sports.
Sorting laundry teaches your child how to match stuff and put things in order (your white running socks, his blue anklets). This activity is also a great way to learn fun new words and practice grasping and releasing objects.
Shout out an item of laundry -- T-shirt! Sock! Towel! -- and practice tossing them into a basket.
Ask your child to help you sort laundry by color -- white socks and blue ones -- or size-big tees, little tees.
Kids love playing peekaboo. Throw a shirt or towel over your toddler's head and say, "Where's Will?" Act surprised when the towel or shirt is pulled away to reveal his face.
Kids love helping you unload the family's groceries. Just make sure you put away anything breakable like eggs and glass jars.
Who knew that bowling could build fine motor skills and teach kids how to follow directions?