Many toddlers love reading books with their parents and that, in turn, helps them to learn basic reading skills. Parents can extend the learning by purchasing games that complement their child's favorite story. Young children learn best when they're playing, so if you can introduce ideas such as counting, colors and shapes through play, they'll be able to learn more quickly.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown helps children prepare for bed by saying goodnight to everything in the room. The Goodnight Moon game is a matching-and-memory game that features the same images that your child knows from the story. There are six different games that you can play within the game, and you can choose whether you want to be competitive or not.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
In Eric Carle's classic book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, children meet a caterpillar that eats a lot of food, spins a cocoon and finally emerges as a butterfly. In the game associated with the book, children get to be a caterpillar, and the winner is the first to eat enough food to become a butterfly. Children can learn colors, shapes and the names of food.
Five Little Monkeys
Your child may love the Five Little Monkeys song and the book series illustrated by Eileen Christelow that goes along with it. You can also purchase a Five Little Monkeys game. The object of the game is to get all of your monkeys into the bed, which is spring-loaded and can cause your monkeys to jump out.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
If your child is a fan of Dr. Seuss, he'll enjoy playing the One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish game. It features a box that holds many treasures, such as different fish or other images from the book. When the spinner lands on the "wave," you shake the box, which changes the location of the items inside.
That curious monkey is a favorite among many young toddlers. You can purchase any number of games with a Curious George theme, but one of the best for the toddler set is the Hide and Seek Zoo Animal game. In this game, children learn how to take care of zoo animals, but when the animals "escape," the children get to don animal masks and play a regular game of hide and seek.