Fun activities to keep your toddler active and happy this Easter!

Lucy Upton, Specialist Paediatric Dietitian and Nutritionist

 

Encouraging toddlers to keep physically active will help them to develop movement skills, stay a healthy weight and keep a healthy heart. No matter the weather, we have fun activities which will keep your toddler active and entertained this Easter!

Easter egg decorating
Decorating Easter eggs is a great way to keep your toddler busy and spark their creative side, it may also help improve dexterity. Messy play that involves putting their hands in different textures, such as glitter or paint, can help toddlers who are fussy about the foods they eat.

Musical statues
Toddlers can play this in small or large groups and should have fun hopping around until the music stops.

Pin the tail on the Easter Bunny
This game is inspired by the familiar childhood game ‘pin the tail on the donkey’. Toddlers can have fun trying to find the correct place to stick the tail on the Easter Bunny!

Egg and spoon race
With the weather hopefully getting sunnier and warmer, this is a fun activity to play outside, where your toddler can run around and play in the garden or at the park.

Easter treasure hunt
Why not create some colourful rabbit paw prints and place them around the house or garden for your toddler to find, leading them to their chocolate treat. Toddlers should only be offered small amounts of sweet foods occasionally and should not be a regular part of a toddler’s everyday food. View our portion sizes table for our recommendations on how much to give.

Going to the park
April showers shouldn’t prevent you from heading outside – wellies and waterproofs are perfect companions for a walk to the park. With spring in the air, why not try to count the number of tulips or daffodils you see on the way.

Rest and relax
Make sure your toddler gets plenty of sleep after active days! We recommend toddlers having about 12 hours sleep in each 24 hours, and they usually sleep better after lots of activity.

We hope you and your toddler enjoy these fun activities! Be sure to share with your friends! If you want more indoor and outdoor activity ideas, click here!

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Further Reading

  • Katie Fox, Primary School Teacher   Due to coronavirus, playgroups and nurseries are shut and those children due to start school in a few months will be out of routine and away from friends. It is understandable that many parents are worried about getting their children ready for September. Children learn and progress at different rates so there are no set criteria on what they need to be able to know or do when they first start nursery, but if they have had some experience learning at home it could help to make it a smoother transition. Turn taking games, imaginative play, reading, and developing fine and gross motor skills can promote independence, build confidence and help develop simple skills.
  • Dr Gill Harris, Consultant Paediatric Clinical Psychologist Dr Maddy Harris, Clinical Psychologist   In times of crisis – such as the one we are currently living in – parents may find that the normal stresses of everyday life are magnified and additional worries and concerns emerge. Knowing how to cope may prove difficult, but an approach which has widely been discussed in the media and on social media is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).The premise of ACT is that fears and anxieties are seen as real and cannot be ‘challenged’ away, unlike with cognitive behavioural therapy. By concentrating on our actions we are able to work past our fears. This method may help those struggling with this new chaotic routine we find ourselves in. The Infant & Toddler Forum are here to help with our top tips on how to apply this intervention.
  • Lucy Upton, Specialist Paediatric Dietitian and Nutritionist   As social distancing policies are put in place, and schools and nurseries shut their doors indefinitely, keeping your toddlers entertained and active for hours on end during COVID-19 may seem daunting and at times virtually impossible! Parents and carers have been thrown into a cozy and chaotic ‘new normal’ and may wonder how they can meet the recommended three hours a day of physical activity for under-fives who are walking. But do not panic, the Infant & Toddler Forum are here to help make sure you have plenty of ideas to keep your toddler happy and entertained whilst encouraging physical activity.