Activities for toddlers, what a mad world to join as a parent! Having a new-born is easy, compared to trying to keep a toddler occupied for long enough to get a few jobs done, or even have quiet time. Welcome to my journey on entertaining my ‘always on the go’ toddler! Some of these activities we have already done or are on my list for the upcoming week.
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Activities For Toddlers – Where To Start
Are you struggling to keep your crazy toddler entertained with something new everyday? We are as well. Getting out old toys, coming up with new activities for toddlers is hard especially as they can be so impatient. I have learnt to prep our activities before showing him what we’re going to be doing/playing with. Emerson isn’t a fan of waiting.
Step one, do you your research and plan! I LOVE a list. I try not to do something completely new everyday, as I feel like he’d be expecting it after a while, also we’re in quarantine for 12 weeks due to me being pregnant. Got to keep the fun going for another 10 weeks! Even though I am trying to use things around the house to minimise the amount of orders needing to be delivered, of ‘non-essential’ items.
It’s hard, and honeslty seeing those of you without children complain about people ordering online. We need to be able to entertain our children, especially as they are getting older and hitting new milestones. Therefore making baby toys become uninteresting.
Sensory Play – Jelly Rescue
Jelly & any of your child’s favourite small plastic toys or toys that wont get ruined. We call this sensory play – The Jelly Rescue Mission. It probably has a specific name but it’s more fun for us, as it gets him involved and he understands he needs to rescue his Avengers from the jelly.
All you’ll need is; 1-2 packets of jelly depending on what size tray you’re going to use, a tray or bowl, any of your toddlers favourite small plastic toys and a splash mat. We use Sugar Free Jelly Twin Packs for Emerson as he will eat it no matter what, so we have to protect his teeth. There are so many different flavours & colours which is great for teaching them colours. You can always do the same colour toys to jelly, and multiple small bowls for them to dig out.
It is messy, sticky and crazy with a hyper toddler, but watching them use their little brains to dig out their toys is amazing. I’ll link below some items you may need for this activity.
- Non Slip Splash Mat by TotsAhoy!®
- 3 Set stackable storage boxes / boxes / stacking boxes, with snap closure, plastic, transparent lid, 5 L,
- 36 Pieces Ocean Sea Animals Assorted
- 51” Splat Mat for Under High Chair/Arts/Crafts
Outdoor Activities For Toddlers
Emerson absolutely loves being outside! Running around with our dog, kicking all of his footballs, which he is also obsessed with. No matter the weather he will go outside, even for a short while if it’s raining. Thankfully that doesn’t last long right now. There are so many activities you can do outside as a family, I am planning a mini Easter egg hunt, some will be chocolate some will be little toys. Just need to order those mini plastic eggs you can get to fill up. Although he will be the only one he will still find it fun searching for them.
We also love taking his baby for a walk around our small garden & playing football. You can also create sensory bins for outdoors, if you can get hold of some wooden pallets or a wooden table. Just need to cut out holes to place some storage boxes into, I suggest ones with lids to you can close them once your children have finished exploring.
Montessori Style Play
This style of play is fairly new to us but we all have to start somewhere, right? Using the Montessori method encourages independence in children. You can search it online and have a read see what you think. There are so many styles of play but personally I don’t think there is one particular ‘right way’. If your children enjoy it that’s all the matters. They’re constantly learning and taking in everything around them.
I’ve linked a Montessori style toy we’ve ordered – Kissherely Montessori Color Classification hopefully this’ll help him learn colours and numbers. He doesn’t really talk much yet but we are getting there. He’s very hands on, if you show him how to do something 1-3 times he understands the motions used, the aim of what we are doing etc. Once he has played with this I will post a review for you guys to check out. See my previous reviews here.
- TreasureToys Montessori Sensory Bin Scoop & Fill Wooden Starter Set – Heuristic Play
- The Montessori Toddler – Book
Salt Dough Handprints
I saw this recipe for salt dough handprints from a nursery online, we will be doing this at the weekend once my husband is off from work so we can all take part. Here’s the recipe we will be using,
- 500g plain flour
- 250g salt
- 250mls water, add more if needed
- Mix flour & salt together then add water
- Sprinkle some flour before rolling to prevent sticking to your surface
- Roll out to around 1.5cm thick then press handprints. Place on baking tray, I suggest paying to parchment paper before so you can lift off straight away
- Bake in oven on lowest temperature for 3-4 hours. Ensure the bottom it’s hard before removing from oven
- Use acrylic paint for handprints once dried.
- Seal with any kind of varnish
Arts & Crafts – Easter Theme
Easter is just around the corner so arts & crafts are perfect for your littles. We are going to be making little Easter cards to post out to friends and family to hopefully cheer them up a little during this crazy time. There are so many arts & crafts activities you can do with your toddlers, there are ways to make use of random items around your house, from toilet roll holders to egg cartons. Contact paper and coloured tissue paper to create Easter eggs for your windows – the idea is that they look like stained glass.
I have ordered Little Brian paint sticks- still waiting for them to arrive but we’ve heard so many good things. Less mess and hopefully he won’t try to eat them like liquid paint. Going to be using these for the Easter cards to start with.
Here’s some items we have ordered from Amazon to get started with our arts & crafts fun! Also I’ve linked some products we use to clean up & keep our area somewhat tidy whilst we’re doing messy play.
- Little Brian Paint Sticks 24pck
- Childrens Kids Toddler Waterproof Play Apron – Age 2-4
- 100/200 Sheets of Pastel Colours A4
- Pritt Glue Stick, Safe & Child-Friendly Craft Glue
- Aveeno Baby Daily Care Hair & Body Wash 300 ml
- Milton Sterilising Fluid, 500ml – you can make this solution up and pop in a spray bottle too, for other surfaces like changing mats, cot sides etc.
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