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Playing Without Toys; Free Games For Children

A child may have a box full of toys and does not play with them. Inversely, there are many games that do not require toys. Here are some ideas on activities and games you can do with your child from newborn and beyond. When older children need inspiration on playing games you can make suggestions from the list.


Rhythmic games are ideal for newborns. While carrying your baby and singing, citing a lullaby or dancing makes your child move. During diaper change allow your baby to make pedaling movements with his legs. These two activities will allow babies to register their movements and feel their body move.

Peek-a-Boo Game
Have fun playing peek-a-boo by hiding your facing using your hands or under a blanket then reappearing. This activity will allow your child to start grasping the concept of a permanent object; something can continue to exist even if we don’t see it. Babies will enjoy and appreciate this game.

Silly Clown Game
Having fun with your baby as you pretend to be a silly clown is so much fun by imitating the faces, closing your eyes, puffing up your cheeks or making the sound of a motor. No baby can resist those mimicries as well this will encourage your baby to watch you.

Voice  Change  Game
Arouse your baby’s curiosity by changing your tone of voice to a high-pitched like a little child or deep low-pitched voice like Santa!

Unpredictable Singer Game
Sing the same song with different beats and rhythms successively or sing different songs completely different, a soft ballad followed by a boisterous melody.
The latter two “voice” and “singer” games will stimulate your baby’s auditory senses and make him smile.

At 12 to 24 months you can consider games such as “Let Me Catch You” Follow your child on all fours (hands and knees). Your child will particularly enjoy watching you on the floor next to them. Children are ecstatic by the pursuit that ends with hugs and kisses.

Animal Sound Games
Starting at 12 months your child will take pleasure to learn the different animal cries. The cow makes, “Moo-Moo” sound. The lamb, the pig, the chicken and etc. This game can make a long distance driving much more pleasant.

Facial Faces
Have fun making different expressions (surprised, upset, tired, frightened) and invite your child to guess the emotions they represent. Reverse the roles; let your child make faces that you need to recognize. He will learn that it is possible to communicate different feelings by facial expressions. This game can also be done with friends; everyone needs to decode the expression of the other.

Teach nursery and counting rhymes to your child. Most of them involve simple gestures. You will stimulate your child’s sense of rhyme all the while inviting them to talk. Some classical rhymes are; If You’re Happy and You Know It, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Mary had a Little Lamb, London Bells, There was an Old Lady who lived in a Shoe etc..

Telephone Game
Do you remember this game? You need to quickly whisper a phrase in your child’s ear. He then repeats what he understood to the next child. The following child does the same and so forth. You can ask the last person participating what the message was. Usually it is completely distorted!

Playing Hide and Seek at home. Young children quickly understand the principle of hiding and then being found. Ideal for toddlers two and three years old but loved by older children too. Gradually, your child’s strategies and comprehension of the hide and seek will improve with time.

At four years old and more try the following:

Eccentric Cooking
Imagine uncommon meals, “What about eating a jello soup?” or “making ice-cream lasagna?” You can use kitchen utensils and plastic containers to re-enact the cooking and preparation of the items. You can also use recycled materials and packages for your child to play and touch.

Imagination: It Would Be Funny If…
Invite your child to imagine silly and amusing situations. It would be funny if people walked backwards or if whales would fly in the sky.
The cooking and imagination game promotes the development of a sense of humor with your child.

Movement and Acrobats
Somersault, tumbles and cartwheels children love to do these! This encourages coordination of their body. For your child’s safety always ensure your child has a carpet or mat and are supervised. Games such as, “Simon Says” are great to get children moving, jumping, running and hoping around.

As you can see, you don’t need sophisticated toys to share magical moments with your child. With a bit of imagination parents can easily invent stimulating and fun games. Your child will love the moments shared with you as it creates a special bond. Slowly but surely, the foundation of your relationship will be based on cherished family memories that can last a lifetime!

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