Small child

Fun involving the infant and the preschooler. What to do to play with children of different ages at once?


There are several different theories about the ideal age difference between siblings. There are those who say the best is the difference a year or two, because then the children get along better, and after raising them, parents can relax. There are also those who joyfully assume that with a larger age difference, an older child will help a little in caring for the younger - just give a dropped toy, make some funny faces, or just play with the toddler.

Practice shows that inventing games suitable for children of all ages may initially seem like a torment, because small is too small, and big claims that it is too big and what will anyone suggest there for children. After many battles and trials, however, we were able to discover several activities that worked out every time.

1. Painting

There are great non-toxic finger paints. If we can only master the baby enough not to push his hands to his mouth, but want to bounce his hands or feet on the underlay paper, great! The infant will be very dirty and very happy, and the older child will develop his creativity, adding details to such stamps. A butterfly with impressed foot and painted colorful wings, this is something! Tulips from reflected hands, fantastic animals and monsters, which are enough to paint your eyes, mouths, ears and whatever your heart desires - the possibilities are really considerable.

2. The orchestra

Most children like noise. We don't have to like it, but that's the sad truth. Note: this does not apply to noise produced by adults. No screams, drills, mixers, etc. - but when a child can smash a ladle in a pot, or for the fiftieth time, let the car play on the floor playing a furious melody ... Oh, that's great!
By adhering to this passion for sounds, you can allow children to create an orchestra (I recommend sending neighbors on holiday beforehand). Preschooler will be proud by helping to create all sorts of rattles from plastic bottles and grains, or by wrapping pots and cardboard boxes with tissue paper for decoration. An infant with a bottle full of peas or pasta in his hand will also be happy. Then, of course, he will take the ladle away from his older siblings and probably also spoil the decorations and argue terribly, but as you know who lurks, he likes - it will be fun anyway.

3. Theater

Children toys can appear as puppets / puppets. You can also produce a whole series of cardboard characters on sticks, using for example the above-mentioned creatures from the first point.
An older child will practice inventing and telling stories, and a younger child will be pleased with the very fact that something is happening around. In addition, if the toddler likes to applaud the heroes of the performance, the satisfaction of both sides will be full.

4. Kinetic sand

A great alternative to sand in sandboxes. First of all, we guarantee that it is clean, secondly it never dries, thirdly it can be played even in winter, and fourthly (attention, fanfare) it can be easily collected with a vacuum cleaner if necessary!
The main difficulty in playing in the sand is to explain to a preschooler that younger siblings destroy all buildings not from malice, but simply. Because. Because every toddler storms and is happy and there is nothing to despair, just put new ones, for example on time. You can play the teething Godzilla in a romper that destroys the whole city. It will be colorful, it will be fun, and in addition, kneading sand in your hands relaxes and improves small motor skills in children.

5. Similarities and opposites

All you have to do is prepare two portions of blocks, colorful boxes, balls, etc. The fun is that a baby, like a baby, reaches for what he likes, throws it and reaches for the next. Well, unless you like one of the blocks and will not let it out of your hands for half an hour - then we have fun, but I dare say that these are rather rare cases.
An older child gets tasks from his parents. For example, each time the toddler chooses another item, the preschooler must immediately indicate a different one: in the same color, in the same shape, larger, smaller, etc. The list of tasks depends on the type of items we have. This fun can help you preserve color names, bigger / smaller concepts, shapes and even sounds.

We don't always want to sit and think of games for children. Everyone probably knows this state, when colloquially speaking it falls on the bow, and here you have to dance and sing. Let's remember, however, that learning to play together is something that will pay off in the coming years, when the children will come up with new attractions for themselves, and we will then drink coffee and read a book (or at least I hope so).