Bubble games boost eye-hand coordination and gross motor skills, as well as language development ("Wow, that big one is really high up!")
2) Closet Musician
Fill a storage space or cabinet (preferably near the floor) with a variety of "instruments," including pots, metal bowls, wooden spoons, metal lids or other toy musical instruments. Then encourage your child to help herself to what's inside and give impromptu concerts. Clap your hands and dance along as you encourage her to experiment with playing louder and softer or faster and slower. Add actual music to the mix so she can play along. Making music improves coordination, listening skills, and an understanding of rhythm. It also encourages an active curiosity (what else can I bang on?) and sociability as she entertains her audience.
3) Stacking Game
Gather big, lightweight, homemade blocks constructed from paper bags and milk cartons. Start by filling brown grocery bags with crumpled newspaper, then use masking tape to seal the open ends shut. To add some smaller blocks into the mix, collect a few empty milk or orange-juice cartons, open the tops, and cut the corner creases to create flaps. Then tape the flaps down to form a box. Then ask your little one to help you decorate your blocks with markers, stickers, construction or wrapping paper, or crayons. Building and stacking boost both fine and gross motor skills as well as eye-hand coordination. Plus, these activities help a toddler learn about spatial relationships and shapes
4) Building Blocks
Encourage your child to stack his blocks as high as he can, or place them end to end to form a wall — or even a fort. Show him how to place smaller blocks atop bigger ones, and let him experiment with reversing that order. This activity provides lessons in cause and effect, as well as size and shape discrimination. It also boosts spatial awareness, problem solving, and fine motor skills.
5) Beach Balls
Inflate a not-too-big beach ball and begin by sitting on the floor and gently rolling it back and forth between you and your little one. Show your child how to spread his legs so the ball will roll into his legs, and keep the ball slightly underinflated to make it easier for him to "catch." This helps builds eye-hand coordination, gross motor skills, and social skills as your child learns to play with another person in a noncompetitive way.