10 Hilariously Entertaining Toddler Games
Toddlers may keep you on your feet, but these games are a surefire way to turn the everyday into loads of fun, or something. Choose from popular games like Pick up More than Sticks, Cards Against My Sanity, Tic Tac Noooo! and more!
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Pick up More than Sticks
Most recently, in our home this manifested in pick up 10 million chia seeds. This is an ongoing process. I figure the last seeds will be retrieved around 2030. But the fun doesn’t have to stop there. From toys to questionable items, the sheer amount of junk that you have to pick up at one time can make a delightful game for parents and toddlers alike. For an added educational bonus, encourage children to count as they go or pick up items by color or category.
20 Bazillion Questions
It was just a year or two ago that you were desperately hoping your little angel would start using their words to communicate. Now, there is no off switch. Just an incessant stream of noise and questions. While your angel’s inquisitive spirit brings you joy, it can also be the root of your frustration. Mentally, make a game of it. Throw them off by asking your own questions. Answering higher level questions improves cognitive functions after all, for toddlers and mommies that have been around toddlers all day long.
Those days of a nice, hot bath with a book have long since faded. So, encourage toddlers to do side-by-side activities with you instead of engaging every moment of every day. Tandem reading or drawing is a good way to model, but still keep some semblance of self in a world dominated by The Wiggles and Paw Patrol.
Tic Tac NOOOO!
No, stop that. Get down. No, don’t lick the dog. No, don’t put that dirty sock in your mouth…again. Life with a toddler can be a monotonous journey through the valley of “no”. However, better word choice is to change statements into a positive. Just imagine you get 10 points every time you do this correctly. “No, don’t jump on the couch” could be “we only sit or lie on the couch”. Then give yourself 10 more points for saying no and giving a time out. Then give yourself 10 points if you helped your child when they fall. Or, give yourself 10 points if you let them have a natural consequence. Give yourself an extra 10 for keeping tiny humans alive and a bonus for each child. For every 10 points, treat yourself to a glass of wine or dessert. Parenting is tough and you deserve it.
Hungry, Hungry Kiddos
They never stop eating. I am pretty sure my son’s stomach is like the bag from Mary Poppins. It never ends. The goal of this game is to get to eat yourself too. Make sure to eat as quickly as possible before the little ones realize that they want your food instead of the food in front of them that they have essentially just licked.
Cards Against My Sanity
Alright, we’ve established this parenting gig can be tough. Kids can also be hilarious. So, have a little fun. Make up cards and let your little one fill in the blank. You can extend this to a mad gab style story as well. For those over-achieving parents, like myself if I actually did the ideas that I came up with instead of just writing about them, make cards with characters, colors and numbers for toddlers to choose from.
Sorry, But I’ll Do it Anyway
The scene plays out like this. Child runs up and randomly swats at a parent or animal. Then, immediately looks up with puppy dog eyes. “I sorry.” Parents stare back incredulously. Toddler repeats, “I am sorry Mama” and proceeds to envelope parents with affection. Hearts melted. Toddler wins again this time. And probably next.
Trouble, Extended Edition
Trouble is more of a continual state of this game. You can’t pop out of this one with a 6. Instead, practice heavy breathing and count. Remember this isn’t just about a finish line, it’s how you play the game. Set firm rules and boundaries and be consistent.
There may be no murder mysteries to solve, but there are for sure some who done its in your toddler household. Investigate strange noises, odors and substances with great care. Use your momtuition to solve the mystery of the slimy stuff stuck on the bottom of your little’s shoe. Or interrogate siblings to find out who was responsible for breaking that precious family hheirloom. Mom detective is here to save the day.
Kerplunk- Toilet Edition
It is the sound you dread. That kerplunk. Then the flush. Where is my phone? Where are my glasses? Frantically search the house in desperation to find the missing object. Instead, find poop that coincidentally did not make it into the toilet. Cut your losses and budget for a plumber this year. Then have a glass of wine or something with carbs.
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