10 Fun Physical Activities For Toddlers

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Adequate physical activities for toddlers are necessary for their optimal growth and development. A child who lacks physical activity can lag not only in physical development but also in terms of mental growth and cognitive abilities. Toddlerhood is the time when your little one’s brain acquires lots of information and skills, and good exercise promotes their development. It can be challenging for caregivers and parents to make a toddler exercise since they do not like to do repetitive activities or games. To help you with that, we present you with a list of fun and interesting physical activities for your toddler.

Benefits Of Physical Activities For Toddlers:

If you want to know why it is a good idea for your toddler to be physically active, check out the benefits right here.

Physical activities help toddlers (1):

  • Develop strength
  • Build self-esteem
  • Increase stability
  • Keep and build muscles, heart, and bones stronger
  • Enhance motor skills
  • Improve cognitive skills
  • Treat ADHD (2)

So, get your toddler out of the home and give her a taste of the outdoors!

Research says
Young children play better around attentive adults and are more productive when allowed to choose a preferred game (3).

Physical And Health Development Activities For Toddlers:

We know that keeping a toddler interested is not an easy thing. Don’t sweat it! Here are some amazing physical development activities for toddlers!

1. Follow The Leader:

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If there is one thing most toddlers’ love, it is to imitate adults. So, what better way to get your little one physically active than to play a game of ‘follow the leader’? Ask your toddler to copy your movements. This is a great way to not only help her physically, but also to help develop her motor skills. But always keep your toddler’s physical limitations in mind. Here are some ideas you can try:

  • Clap
  • Crawl
  • Walk
  • Run
  • Flap your arms like a chicken
  • Hop
  • Skip
  • Jump
  • Gallop
  • March
  • Spin
  • Twist
  • Stomp
  • Roll
  • Wiggle
  • Fly like an airplane
  • Shake your hips
  • Crawl like a crab
  • Kick

You can end the game with something quite, like lying down for a nap!

2. Dance:

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Rhythm is something all toddlers enjoy. Swaying to music is one of the easiest ways to get your toddler physically active. So, collect some good songs and start moving! It will be a good workout for you too!

3. Explore The Playground:

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The first two ideas on this list are perfect for rainy days. But when the sun is shining brightly, head outdoors. Let her run around, climb trees, and explore the playground. You can even carry toys like balls to keep her going.

4. Hide And Seek:

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Here is one of the interesting outdoor physical activities for toddlers. Toddlers love to play hide and seek. It is one game that will keep the fun going while your little one runs around, moving her body.

5. Obstacle Course:

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So, it is raining, and you are cooped up inside your home? Don’t fret! Just create an obstacle course for your toddler. You can use pillows, low tables, etc. for this purpose. Not only will your bored toddler stay busy, but she will also work her muscles! A win-win option for both of you.

Quick tip
Design a course suitable for your child’s age (involving walking, crawling, and running) after taking the necessary safety measures.

6. Play Ball:

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Do you know what toddlers love more than some candy? Yes, a ball! So, grab a ball and start playing. If your little one is just stepping into toddlerhood, you can sit on the floor and roll the ball to and fro. For older toddlers, playing catch, bouncing, basketball, etc. are great ideas.

7. Add Props:

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One thing common among most toddlers is that they have a short attention span. So, to keep your young one interested, use props. How about getting a hula hoop? Guaranteed fun as well as a good workout. You can also use pom poms, or other fun accessories to keep the fun quotient high.

8. Let Her Do Chores:

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Now that your baby has discovered independence, use it to your benefit! Let her help you out around the house. Teaching your toddler to do her chores will not just keep her physically active but will also imbibe an important life skill – being self-sufficient.

Quick tip
To begin with, guide your little one to do simple tasks regularly, such as placing toys back on their shelf, wiping small spills, putting dirty clothes in the laundry bag, and piling up the books.

9. Find The Apples:

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Okay, let’s take a break from chores and do something fun! How about a treasure hunt? Only this time, let your toddler search for hidden apples. Encourage her to walk, hop, and jump while searching for the apples.

10. Walk On Pillows:

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Looking for ways to keep your toddler away from the television? Use your pillows! Just line them up on the floor and ask her to walk on them. Fun, exciting and a great way to develop balance – this is one activity your toddler won’t tire of easily.

Your toddler’s brain can absorb knowledge and learn other abilities, so including physical activities in their daily routine can help them develop. These physical activities for toddlers will also aid in the development of strength, enhance cognitive and motor abilities, strengthen muscles, build self-esteem, and promote stability. So, engage your toddlers in exciting and playful physical activities such as follow the leader, treasure hunts, hide and seek, obstacle courses, dancing, and more to encourage them to participate actively and have fun.


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  1. Early Childhood Development: Physical Activity in Early Childhood.
  2. Claudia Verret et al.; (2012); A physical activity program improves behavior and cognitive functions in children with ADHD: an exploratory study.
  3. Playful and Fun Learning Environments for Infants and Toddlers

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