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Don’t you wish you had a go-to list of activities to keep toddlers busy?
I mean, working from home while also caring for your children is like a 24/7 balancing act.
It can be really helpful to have toddler activities to keep your children occupied when you need to sit down and answer a couple of emails or make a phone call.
This is especially true when your children are old enough to no longer need naps.
How often have you felt frustrated and wanted to Google something like… Toddler won’t let me work!?
How to keep a toddler busy while working from home is something that I’ve kind of made an art of.
Whether it is how to entertain toddler indoors or how to be productive with a toddler, I’ve been troubleshooting and figuring out strategies that keep everything balanced.
These activities are perfect if you’re wondering what to do with a toddler at home.
As a rule, my kids are pretty good at just playing together and entertaining themselves, but on sometimes (especially rainy days) they benefit from having set activities to do.
This list of toddler activities will give you hours of time to work while also making sure that your children are safe, happy, and enjoying play.
- Shape Sorting – Simple, easy and educational. What more could you want out of a toddler activity? You can find the instructions for this one over at Mess for Less.
- ThinkFun Roll & Play – My kids LOVE this game! It is super simple and they can play it together nicely. Plus, it is easy to store and even take with you when you’re travelling. You can find it HERE.
- Rainbow Spaghetti – What a fun activity from over at Little Learning Club. If a sensory activity for a broad age range is what you’re after, then this one is perfect.
- Scissor Practice – Invest in a pair of toddler scissors like these and let your toddler have fun cutting up scrap paper. I’ve also seen moms suggest letting them cut up rolled out Playdoh!
- Bubble Trucks – What kid doesn’t like bubbles?! Add some trucks into the mix and you have a perfect combination of fun. You’ll find this activity over at Busy Toddler.
- Q-Tip Push – How great is this activity for building up those fine motor skills? If you have a younger toddler then this will keep them occupied for a good long time. Find out how to make it at Happily Ever Mom.
- Animal Tape Rescue – I don’t know about you, but my kids have an obsession with sticky tape. What a fun way to let them play with it in this great activity from Busy Toddler.
- Cap Twist Off Board – I mean…I don’t love teaching my children how to get into things, but they usually figure it out anyway. Why not turn it into an activity that occupies them for a while? You can find the instructions for this toddler activity over at Happy Toddler Playtime.
- Bowling – Make use of all the disposable and plastic cups in your kitchen with this simple and fun toddler activity. You can find it at Tales of a Teacher.
- Pom Pom Drop – Toddlers and pom poms…two of the cutest things on this planet. Better yet, put them together and they make for a great activity that’ll keep them occupied for some time. Find the instructions at Laughing Kids Learn.
- Puzzle Hunt – Made with simple things that you’ll most likely have around the house, this is the perfect activity to keep toddlers busy! This is another great activity from Busy Toddler.
- Post It Push – How many times have you caught your toddler pulling all of the wipes out of the container? Well, here’s an activity where they can put those skills to good use. You can read more about it at Happy Toddler Playtime.
- Independent Playtime – If you haven’t heard of Independent Playtime then you are missing out! It is so full of benefits for both you and your toddler. You can find out how to start implementing it HERE.
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Helpful Activity Supplies
So many of these activities are made from supplies you’ll likely just have around your house.
However, I’ve also put together a little list of things that you may want to grab just to have on hand.
- Mudcake Cafe – This activity from Crafting Chicks is so adorable and clever! They’ve even got a free printable to go along with it. I know that my kids love being outside and playing with mud. This activity just adds to the role play.
- Water Table – They’re super affordable and so easy to set up! Plus, they can be used by just one child or several. We’ve loved our one and my kids have used it almost year round. You can find them HERE.
- Muddy Trucks Car Wash – Speaking of mud…how about we teach ’em how to clean it off. Washing cars is totally a life skill worth learning, right? This car wash activity from Busy Toddler is super easy to set up and looks like a bunch of fun!
- Water Painting – This is something a family member recommended to me when I was despairing about my children hanging around my feet. All you need is a paintbrush and a bowl of water. They take them outside and have fun painting whatever they want! Mine usually stick to the fence and the house and it occupies them for ages!
- Hammers & Ice – Have your child work on their archaeological skills with this fun outdoor activity from Beauty Through Imperfection. I love activities that use everyday items you can find around your house, and this one is exactly that.
- Sandpit – If you do it right, a sandpit is very easy to set up. Your child will have so much fun playing and exploring and you’ll love the chance to get things done while they’re occupied! This one and this one are great options!
- Outdoor Tree Bark Rubbing – Your child will get the opportunity to learn about nature while also creating some fun artwork. I Can Teach My Child will take you through the steps of how to set this all up.
- Sidewalk Chalk – What fun your toddler can have with just a single piece of sidewalk chalk! Seriously, a great way to keep them entertained is to give them some outdoor chalk and let them have fun drawing on the driveway.
Toddler Activity Collections
- 20 Fun at Home Activities – This is an awesome list of toddler activities that will give your child hours of amusement! You can find it over on my parenting blog, Christine Keys.
- 44 High-Energy Activities – Over at Paper Heart Family, you’ll find 44 high-energy kids activities that are guaranteed to wear them out!
- 21 Sticky Wall Activities – If you’re looking for fun sticky wall activities then Happy Toddler Playtime has you covered! This roundup is super full of clever ideas.
- 19 Rainy Day Activities – Most days my children are content to just play outside, but on those rainy days, it is really helpful to have a list like this one to refer to for toddler activity ideas.