Rough & tumble play – Toddler

rough and tumble toddlerDid you know?

Rough and tumble is great as short term, active play for alert times (not for before bed or when you need your child to be calm or quiet).

Add language

Making silly noises or using repetitive phrases such as “I’m coming to get you” all add to the fun and reinforce the joy of communication.

Other development

Rough and tumble play allows both girls and boys to test and practice physical and social skills, take risks within safe boundaries and learn about their bodies. Teaching your child to calm down again at the end of the game is important in helping your child develop self regulation skills.

Rough and tumble play involves complex motor skills, concentration, body control and flexibility.


Playing chasey or tag, spinning and dancing can all become rough and tumble play.


Each child differs in the amount, intensity and duration of rough and tumble play they can handle. Get to know your child’s limits and stop before they reach that limit. It is important that the play is fun and no one is forced to do anything.

Across the ages

All the activities listed on our “Play Ideas” page can be applied across different age groups. See how rough and tumble play can be fun for babieschildren and playgroups.


Activities listed under “toddler” are suitable for children aged 1-3 years. Toddlers enjoy activities that include exploring their environment and finding out how things work.