80+ Fun Things To Do With Your Toddler

Fun-Things-ToddlerMy 2-year old, like all 2-year olds, is super active and wants Mommy to play, read, and do some fun stuff with him. I always do the same things with him – play with bubbles, Play Dough, and water bowl. That’s when I thought. “If I had a handy list on the fridge, I could just look it up every day and just tick each one off”. That way, it keeps it fresh

Many parents don’t know the meaning of cabin fever until they’re stuck indoors with a bored toddler. These kid-friendly activities and games are guaranteed to keep even the busiest toddler happy on a rainy day. Developmental play is fun for toddlers! Find creative games and activities to help you entertain and stimulate your 1½ to 3-year-old child. Finding a fun activity to keep your child happy and busy requires a little imagination and help from us. Here you’ll find a slew of our best activity ideas for toddlers and preschoolers ranging from games, to arts and crafts, and more. I have prepared a One-Page Cheat Sheet with 80+ Fun Things to do with your Toddler for you all so you can download and print it and put it up on your fridge for quick access to some fun ideas.


Click Here To Download The One-Page Cheat Sheet With 80+ Fun Things To Do With Your Toddler


1       AT HOME AT THE [CRAFTS] TABLE

  1. Color
  2. Do Finger-plays
  3. Make a Car out of a Box
  4. Finger-paint
  5. Play with Play-Dough
  6. Make a Shape Puzzle
  7. Make a Drum out of an oatmeal box
  8. Make a playhouse out of a large box
  9. Let child play with a sticker sheet
  10. Make and try on paper hats
  11. String large beads onto or along a shoelace
  12. Glue shapes onto paper
  13. Make sock puppets
  14. Make paper puppets
  15. Paint child’s palms with tempura paint and blot on paper. Makes a great card for loved ones!
  16. Make a shoe-box train for stuffed animals
  17. Make bracelets or collars for stuffed animals out of pipe cleaners and jingle bells

2       IN THE KITCHEN

  1. Frost Cookies
  2. Practice putting things in and taking things out of boxes and bags
  3. Stack boxes and mixing bowls
  4. Bang on Pots and Pans with a spoon (noise alert!)
  5. Put snacks in different fun containers
  6. Let child decorate and eat an open peanut butter sandwich
  7. Make homemade play dough with salt, flour, water, & food coloring

3       AT HOME ANYWHERE

  1. Blow Bubbles
  2. Play Hide-and-Seek
  3. Peek-a-Boo
  4. Sing a song
  5. Make an obstacle course out of cushions and/or furniture
  6. Read a book
  7. Toss Bean bags into a Bucket
  8. Play the shell and pea game
  9. Dance to music (One, Two, Buckle my Shoe!)
  10. Make a temporary slide out of a table leaf and your couch
  11. Roll a ball back and forth on the floor
  12. Practice climbing by stacking boxes on top of each other
  13. Put on a puppet show
  14. Make a fort out of cushions and sheets
  15. Play paper basketball
  16. Play dress-up with stuffed animals and your child’s clothes
  17. Put stickers on fingers for finger puppets
  18. Play a musical instrument together- i.e. recorder, piano, etc.
  19. Roll a tennis ball into an empty trash can or bucket
  20. Invest in dry erase board and draw with dry-erase markers
  21. Put a leash on a stuffed animal and walk around the house
  22. Record each other on a tape recorder
  23. Act out a story from a book
  24. Walk on a balance beam- use a 2×4 placed on the ground
  25. Play Pretend Grocery Store with Paper Bag or Basket and collect items from “shopping list”
  26. Give a piggy-back ride
  27. Make binoculars and go “Bird Watching” or “Stuffed Animal Watching”
  28. Fill an old purse with toys
  29. Use a paper towel tube as a megaphone
  30. Play “Horsey”
  31. Talk into an electric fan
  32. Play tug-of-war with a blanket
  33. Disconnect your phone and pretend to make phone calls to relatives
  34. Make phone calls to relatives- let your child talk too
  35. Play Indoor Baseball with an empty paper towel roll as a bat and a soft balloon as a ball.
  36. Play musical chairs with stuffed toys
  37. Play bowling with empty bottles as pins and small ball
  38. Do the Hokey Pokey
  39. Make a super-hero costume out of household items
  40. Do Knee-Bouncing Rhymes
  41. Play “Red Light, Green Light” saying “Go” and “Stop”
  42. Make an easy puzzle with felt and Velcro and hang on the wall
  43. Play the matching game with a deck of cards
  44. Make a domino chain

4       AT THE PARK OR IN YOUR GARDEN/BATH

  1. Play Chase
  2. Collect rocks in a basket
  3. Make a Horseshoe game
  4. Run through a Sprinkler
  5. Play with a bucket of water and a sponge
  6. Wash windows together
  7. Plant a flower or vegetable plant together
  8. Collect flowers
  9. Have a splash party together in the bathtub
  10. Squirt each other with squirt bottles
  11. Draw with chalk on the sidewalk
  12. Make a puddle on cement and splash barefoot in it
  13. Have a picnic in the park, backyard, or living room!
  14. Make a nature collage
  15. Scoop dirt or sand into a child’s bucket
Advertisements

Drop a line here!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s