Does your child like animals and finding treasures? Then, you will love this animal treasure hunt for toddlers. It’s so easy and tons of fun! Plus they’re working on lots of skills in the process.
Farm Animal Treasure Hunt for Toddlers
Gather up some farm animal toys. We used the Little People farm animals. Use what you have on hand – DUPLO, stuffed animals, etc. – just be sure they are appropriate for toddlers.
Clear the room of other toys (or at least where you are playing).
Create the treasure hunt for your child by hiding the farm animals in plain sight.
My Lily just turned one. I wanted her to notice the animals and get the hang of the game before making it more difficult.
I placed a few of the animals on the floor on the other side of the room from where she was standing.
I invited her over to see what I found. Lily, look! There’s a cow and a pig on the floor. Do you see them? She came running over to check them out. She picked them up, held them, and chewed on them.
I moved the animals to a different spot on the floor and once again talked to her about them. She came over to check them out.
Next I placed the animals up higher on the window sill. I asked Lily if she could find the animals. She looked around and soon found them.
Each time I moved the animals, she was excited to find them again.
We continued playing find the animals for a while. As you play, talk about the animals’ names, the sounds they make, and their location (up on the shelf, under the couch, on the floor, etc).
Aiden (age 5) said the game was too easy. Although he seemed to enjoy helping Lily look for the animals, too. He would give her clues and help her out if she didn’t spot the animal right away.
This was a great way to practice communication skills, vocabulary, and beginning observation skills.
More Games for Toddlers
- Animal Matching Game for Toddlers – you’ll need animals and a puzzle for this one.
- Summer Science for Toddlers
- Egg Rolling Baby Game – great for toddlers too!
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