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Toddler Play Idea for a Rainy Day: Treasure Hunt

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Toddler play doesn’t need to take a rain check on a drizzly day. Use the time stuck at home to your advantage with a rainy-day treasure chest hunt.

What to play

Toddler development — both cognitive skills and motor development — can benefit from a rainy-day treasure chest hunt. First, decorate a spare storage bin with stickers and fill it with age-appropriate toys for your toddler. You can throw in puzzles, which will help your child with shape recognition and hand-eye coordination, as well as playthings that encourage your tot to use his imagination (e.g., toy figurines and pretend food). Finally, toss in some items connecting with reading, such as alphabet letters, books, and even some catalogs he can flip through. Then, send your toddler on a treasure hunt — under your supervision — to find the specially decorated box.

Tricks and tips

Provide easy-to-follow clues for your child on pieces of colorful paper. Don’t make the clues too complicated — your toddler isn't quite able to follow long or detailed instructions. Instead, opt for pictures instead of words. If you hide the treasure chest in her room, draw a picture of her bed; if it’s in the bathroom, draw a picture of the potty and let her find her way to the hidden treasure.

After your toddler plays with what's in the box, put it away and out of your child’s reach, and don’t take it out again until the next rainy day. This will help make the contents seem very special. Dreary, wet days may even become something she looks forward to!

 
 

 
 
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