Toddlers are fun! They are at a time in their lives where they begin to try gain some independence. I remember a time when my daughter was putting on her socks, and I was trying to help. I had put the whole sock on, and she proceeded to take it off and exclaimed, “I do it myself!” This is also a time where they are curious and want to learn new things. So, how do you engage this newfound curiosity? It may be difficult to think of activities other than their own toys or screen time, so I have created a list of fun and easy toddler activities to keep them busy!
There are lots of other variations of color sort activities for toddlers, so this is an easy one to do. You can use construction paper and tape the paper to a table, and then the kids can sort the legos by color. This will help them learn their colors in a fun way!
Here’s another easy one to do! Toddlers are at a time where they like to line things up, so this is a perfect activity for them to do! You can potentially use painter’s tape, and then grab a bunch of “small animals” for your child to line up on the tape. This also helps your child engage in independent play, which is an important skill to have.
All you need for this activity is blue painter’s tape, a cookie sheet, and animals. This activity is great for improving hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, planning/decision making, and problem-solving. For this activity, try these animals from Amazon, as we are a big fan of them: https://amzn.to/34Cf8uN
If you have an extra diaper box at home and some plastic balls, this is a cheap and easy activity for your toddler to have some fun! This activity is also great for developing fine-motor skills. This post does take you step-by-step on how to make this box (click on the taminglittlemonsters link for more information).
This is an awesome activity for toddlers for several reasons. For example, it’s edible, it’s great sensory play, and kids learn new vocabulary words (such as words for the animals). The post allows you to print off the ingredients and instructions, and it takes you step-by-step on how to put this together.
For this activity, you only need cornstarch, baby lotion, and food coloring. Thus, it’s relatively cheap and easy to do! Most kids seem to love play dough, and it’s great for developing fine motor skills (and the muscles that are needed to grip a pencil later on).
The great thing about this activity is that it only involves 3 things: Assorted colored pom-poms, painter’s tape, and a variety of paper towel and toilet paper rolls. This activity helps build fine-motor skills, problem-solving skills, and cause and effect. You can also encourage the development of counting and color recognition.
For this activity, you need sandwich bags, food coloring, clear (or any color) hair gel, and packing tape. You can put the gel and food coloring in the bag and then tape them to a window or glass door. It’ll be fun for them to squeeze them, and for older kids, they can write letters in them!
There’s a free printable for this scavenger hunt, and you can put everything that you find in a paper bag. When you get home, you can take out everything you find and enjoy it.
For this activity, you will need artificial flowers, a colander, scissors, and floral foam that is in a half-circle shape. This activity helps improve hand-eye coordination, as well as fine motor skills.
This is a super easy activity for your toddlers! All you need is the following: Easel paper, tempera paints in various colors, cups and bottle caps, and paper plates. Put some paint on the paper plate, spread them out a bit, and then grab a cup. Put the cup in the paint and then stamp on the easel paper!
Grab some cardboard, make some windows, and then have your toddler paint it!
I hope these activities give you some ideas to keep the kids busy! These activities seem to be fun and easy to set up. Enjoy!
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