You have a toddler at home and that toddler is busy, busy, busy! If you are looking for activities that you can do with them, or that they can do by themselves, then this collection of easy toddler activities has something for everyone!
We’ve all got Kibson’s or HelloChef boxes ready for recycling, so get out the cardboard boxes and create! Let the imaginations flow – a box can be anything: a train, ramps for cars, an airplane, a house.
Sticky spider web
Tape up the doorway and throw some scrap paper (or cotton balls!) at it to see if you can get them to stick. This sticky spider web activity is perfect for indoor play, and can be done in any doorway, hallway or other somewhat narrow place that you have.
Coloured shaving cream
Shaving cream is a wonderful indoor sensory activity that toddlers love. Squirt some on a tray and just let them have fun and add food colouring if you like. You might want to put them in an old shirt and maybe put a towel down too, as it does get messy!
Set up a few items for pins – lots of things will work for these, like water bottles, paper towel tubes, or even toilet paper!
Create a necklace, toddler style
Use a piece of string (a shoestring works well because of the hard end) and something to thread on it. Big beads would be great, but other items such as straws or large pasta noodles work too. This would be a great activity to develop their fine motor skills.
Scrap paper ball throwing
Dig some scrap paper out of the recycling bin and have a ball throwing game! You can add a target to the mix and practice counting too. These are all great activities to develop their gross motor skills.
Art in a bag
Here’s a sensory activity that’s easy and clean! Squirt some hair gel or paint into a zip-lock and add some craft items to the mix too for added fun.
Walk the line
Tape a line on the floor in different ways (zig zag, curvy or straight) and have a toddler walk along it, trying to balance their best. Can they do it forward, how about walking backward? Another fantastic gross motor activity that can be done indoors.
Pom pom fun
Have your toddler poke pom poms through an opening in a small bottle or cut a small hole in a container. Pom poms and other small items can be used for fine motor practice, but always be careful with small kids and watch them closely.
We all love play dough, however it’s great to throw in something different every now and again and cloud dough is a great alternative. The texture is awesome, and the kids will love to explore it. It’s so soft and silky and yet can be moulded loosely into shapes. Best of all, it can be made from just 2 ingredients! Recipe for Cloud Dough: 2 cups corn flour and 1/3 to 1/2 of a cup vegetable oil plus 3-4 tablespoons different powdered food colouring of your choice. You can also use baby oil, which makes it smell and feel even nicer, but do NOT use with under 3s or any child who may put it in their mouth as it is dangerous if ingested. We stick to vegetable oil just in case!
Which of these activities are your favourite? What can you add to the list? We’d love to hear from you!