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100 Toddler Activities

100 Toddler Activities

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Do you have a toddler? Toddlers are the cutest and the hardest to keep busy and out of trouble!  My daughter is 21 months old now. She is absolutely adorable, learning new words each day, and soooo clingy! It’s hard to get any work done when she’s awake. I love finding things she can do more independently and things that keep her happy!

100 Toddler ActivitiesSensory Bins:

Sensory bins are awesome for your kids’ development and they are sooooo engaging! Even little toddlers with short attention spans can play with these for a long time. To set up your sensory bin you will want a big shallow plastic tub with a lid so you can save it for later, 25- 30 quarts is a good size. If your toddler puts everything in his mouth you will want to be careful with which items you select so that he doesn’t choke. The first time you use your sensory bin, sit with your child and model how to play with it and keep the items in the bin. You should set this up in the part of the house that is easiest to clean up, probably the kitchen floor!

  • Different colored rice bin
  • Pasta bin
  • Dinosaur dig- look for bones in the dirt
  • Kinetic sand
  • Cotton ball and rubber duck bin
  • Rock and dump truck bin
  • Bean bin with little animals
  • Instant snow
  • Dirt and toy cars
  • Red and brown lentil color sort
  • Jello dig with plastic animals
  • Alphabet soup – foam letters in water

We recently made a colored rice sensory bin and even my big kids wanted to play with it! Not all the rice stayed in the bin but they enjoyed it and it was pretty easy to sweep up!

Indoor Activities:

We live in the mountains where it snows part of the year, not like crazy, but enough to get a bit of cabin fever. These indoor activities can help break up long days!

  • Play dough
  • Dance
  • Read
  • Play Dress Up
  • Have a glow stick party
  • Play Candyland
  • Bake mini muffins

If you haven’t tried mini muffins instead of full size, go grab this mini muffin pan. You can thank me later because your toddler will stop wasting half his muffins, just eating the tops, and getting crumbs everywhere. I’m serious, when my friend told me to use mini muffins it changed breakfast at our house!

  • Make a blanket fort
  • Make a tape cars track on the floor
  • Toilet paper roll track
  • Play Dominos
  • Make a cardboard box car
  • Make slime

Sarah Wilson shares a great edible Jello Slime recipe on her blog One Savvy Mom

  • Play Memory
  • Make popsicles
  • Have a toy car wash
  • Pipe cleaner poke with a colander
  • Water beads in a ziplock bag
  • Make a sensory bottle

Katie shares how to make a color changing sensory bottle on her blog Preschool Inspirations.

Outdoor Fun

If it’s nice outside and you are looking for more ways to get your kids to play in the backyard, try some of these ideas. Younger toddlers may need more guidance with some of these games but they will have fun participating and learning.

  • Backyard scavenger hunt
  • Hop scotch
  • Obstacle course
  • Play Simon Says
  • Play Mother May I
  • Play Duck Duck Goose
  • Play Hide and Seek
  • Play freeze tag
  • Make a sand castle
  • Have a race
  • Go for a walk
  • Ride trikes or bikes

Water Play:

I don’t think there is anything more fun for toddlers than playing in water! Honestly though the kiddie pool is not my favorite. It gets dirty really fast and it’s so hard to dump all the water out! Why don’t they come with a plug like a bathtub? Really someone please invent that and save all our backs! Anyway, there are tons of fun ways to play with water without breaking out the kiddie pool. Here are 12 fun ways to mix up water play and have fun in the summer.

  • Water table
  • Toy car wash
  • Play in the sprinklers
  • Water the plants with a squirt bottle
  • Ice cube dig
  • Squirt guns
  • Measure and pour water station
  • Water balloons
  • Color mixing with water and food coloring
  • Play with water beads
  • Wash the car together
  • Plastic Animal Wash

 

Art:

Arts and crafts are more involved activities that tend to make a mess so I don’t always feel up to them, but they are a lot of fun when I do brave the mess! You can do a lot with some basic art supplies and materials you have around the house.

  • Finger paint
  • Make a cheerio necklace
  • Paint with truck tires
  • Paint with sponges

Susie from The Busy Toddler blog shares how she sets up sponge painting for her kids. You can see more of her art projects and kids activities on her blog!

  • Make a collage
  • Color with crayons
  • Make a necklace out of cheerios
  • Use color dot markers
  • Outline your toddler’s body on butcher paper
  • Color with sidewalk chalk
  • Make a paper plate animal
  • Crayon leaf rubbing
  • Stamps
  • Make a necklace with beads
  • Make a popsicle stick house
  • Paint rocks
  • Do thumbprint art
  • Paint with yarn
  • Sit in a big cardboard box and color it

I love this one because it contains the markers or crayons so they can color on the walls or furniture!

Outings:

Getting out of the house with a little one is so good for her development and social skills. Honestly it is equally important for mom’s sanity! When I had my first baby I craved mom friends so much. Going to library story time and meeting other moms was really important. If you are looking for places to go out with your toddler try these ideas.

See Also

  • Go to an aquarium
  • Go to a children’s museum
  • Go to a park
  • Go to a splash pad
  • Go to a kid’s movie
  • Go for a nature walk
  • Go to a kid’s gym
  • Go to story time at the library
  • Go to a trampoline park
  • Go to a U Pick fruit orchard
  • Go to a swimming pool
  • Go to a mommy and me exercise class

Learning:

The teacher in me loves activities that are learning focused. As your toddler grows and gets closer to preschool age you can incorporate more letter and number activities. These are great starting activities that won’t feel like school work. It’s amazing how much you can do with magnetic letters and foam bath letters!

You can get printable mats like these at Itsy Bitsy Fun.

Play Dough Mats

  • Counting blocks
  • Clothespin letter match

You can print out the alphabet on cards and then write the letters on clothespins and have your toddler clip them to make matches like this example from Teach Mama.

Clothespin letter match

  • Alphabet egg match

If you have leftover Easter eggs just grab a sharpie and write the Alphabet on the eggs. Have your child practice matching upper and lowercase letters by writing the uppercase on the top of the egg and the lowercase on the bottom of the egg. Have your toddler find the matches and put the eggs together.

I hope these 100 Activities will inspire you to try something new with you toddler! Let us know your favorite activity in the comments!

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