If your kids are anything like mine, they are going all day and don’t stop. They also seem to be bored with all their toys. My youngest is easy to entertain but my 2 and half year old is a little harder. Here are some easy indoor toddler activities that we have been doing.
I had to get creative with some of them to entertain her but, she is learning at the same time.
These are little toys from a busy book she got for Christmas. I used painter tape to tape them in the muffin tin and told her to peel the tape off and “rescue Poppy”. She LOVED it! After all the tape was off, they both even had fun sorting them in the muffin tin.
We have a few of these board puzzles that the kids love, and I had a bunch of random wrapping paper scraps left from her birthday. I wrapped each puzzle piece in the paper, again taped it with the painter tape because it is easy to remove.
For some reason, my kids aren’t the ones that see a present and just rip the paper to shreds, so this helped her with learning how to open the pieces. She also loved seeing what animal was inside and we went over the all the animal names and sounds as she was putting them in the correct spot.
Sticky Note Color Match
This was super easy and fun. I found an old sticky note pad and grabbed coordinating construction paper, taped the paper to the wall, again with our handy painter tape. I placed a few sticky notes on the wall around the paper and asked her to match the colors.
For this one I taped old tubes from the wrapping paper or paper towels (you could also use toilet paper rolls) to the wall with a little bowl underneath and we put cheerios down the tubes. Easy enough, the bowl (or my son) caught the cheerios at the other end of the tube… and more than likely ate it!
I saved a few of the formula containers from my son and I cut a slit in the top. I laid a bunch of cards on the floor and told them to put them in the slot. My 1 year old even enjoyed this and it really helps with fine motor skills. The best part though is opening the lid and dumping all the cards out again!
Washing Play Dishes
For my daughter’s 2nd birthday her aunt and uncle bought her a kitchen and of course she got play plates and cups and utensils. She is also my water baby; she will play in the tub all night if you let her and loves washing her hands because it is just another time to play in the sink. All I did was get a big empty storage container added some dish soap and warm water and gave her a rag and she loved washing the dishes. We did this while her little brother was napping so she washed her dishes while mommy washed dishes as well.
Again, using painter tape, I taped a straight line and a zig zag line on the floor and had them line up all the little people on the tape. They also ended up lining up all the match box cars we have in the house. Super easy and simple.
Kind of like lining up the cars and little people we did this with stickers. I drew a few lines and shapes onto a large sheet of paper and taped it to the floor. I had my daughter place her stickers on the lines, once all the lines were cover then I told her she could fill in the shapes. This was another activity we did while little brother was sleeping.
These are all simple and easy indoor toddler activities that you can do with things you already have in your home. It is also something different for the kids to play with, I found my kids to be more interested than just giving them one of the many toys they already have. What are some other indoor toddler activities that you do with your kids?
Now that the kids have been playing all day what is for lunch!? Check out my Toddler Meal Ideas post.