We’re stuck inside and I have had to get creative in keeping a toddler entertained. At-home toddler activities have become my daily goal to keep my child entertained. Board games don’t seem to be cool enough yet and screen time varies.
Actually, we’re in the country and live on 10 acres, so I find myself lucky that my child wants to constantly be outside. He’s O.B.S.E.S.S.E.D with tractors and riding on anything that will move. Which is a huge plus, but I’m screwed on cold or rainy days. Which is why I created these at-home toddler activities.
Pillows and Blankets
My kid is 2, and I can’t come up with creative names for things yet, because he won’t have a clue as to what I am talking about. So, this is what I call Pillows and Blankets!
This is a good game to pull out all those comforters and sheets that have been shoved in the closet for too long.
It’s pretty self explanatory, you’re going to use pillows and blankets.
- Create a pathway throughout the house using different pillows and blankets. The object of the game is to stay on either a pillow or a blanket until the game is over.
- You’re creating the pathway. Some blankets can be spread out flat while others can be folded up like a pillow or even rolled into a line.
- You’re the game creator so you can make up different activities that are to be performed with each article. Depending on the age of your child or children, you can create a scavenger hunt, just make it to the next room, or have different things to do on each blanket. The possibilities are endless!
We set up blankets from my bed to R’s room and had different stuffed animals on each blanket. Each blanket that had a stuffed animal on it. He had to tell me what the animal was and what sound it made. When he got it right, he would take it and put it on my bed and go to the next blanket.
Once he made it all the way to his room we would take a break and move on to the next activity by doing something in his room.
I have a love-hate relationship with sensory bins. Yes- they are amazing and teaching your kid different textures and shapes and helping with motor skills and all kinds of wonderful things. BUT- my sensory bins are always so messy!
I guess that’s supposed to be the fun part of having kids, the messes, right?!
- Water beads
- Dry Corn or beans
- Kinetic Sand
- Interlocking Discs *Toddler Favorite and Not Messy!
The Floor Is Lava
Make your way through the house without touching the floor! You make the rules on whether or not rugs are safe ground. Create a starting place and where the end is. Help the kids decide what they can and can’t use to protect themselves from the floor being lava.
Great for imagination!
Outdoor At-Home Toddler Activities
Grab some cheap water guns and use water-based paint. You don’t need a lot and if you can’t find water-based paint a few drops of food coloring will work just fine. AND being it’s water-based it will clean up easily.
Sidewalk Chalk Paint
To me chalk is fun, but I’m old-school. Chalk can also be messy so this changes things up a bit unless they squeeze it allover themselves.
Yeah, that’s probably going to happen. It happened with my little one. There are 2 ways you can go about this. I’ll let you decide.
- Crush chalk in plastic baggies
- 1 tbsp baking soda to bag
- Add water 2 tbsp at a time til you get desired consistency
- 1/3 cup baking soda
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 3/4-1 cup water
- Food coloring
My fall-back options
I keep what I like to call “hidden gems” underneath my stairs. These are toys that I’ve come across or things he’s received as gifts that I don’t think he’s quite ready for yet.Battat – Wooden Activity Cube – Discover Farm Animals Activity Center for Kids 1 year +
What awesome ideas have you come up with to keep your kids entertained?
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