20 Activities to keep active toddlers occupied and busy at home
Keeping up with our little bundles of energy can be a struggle (!) so we’ve put together a list of fun things you can do at home to keep toddlers busy. Here are a few things we looked for:
Easy to put together and to clean up after ✅
Kids can do themselves, with supervision, rather than adult-led activities ✅
Using things we all have at home. The last thing we need is expensive crafts supplies ✅
20 activities to keep toddlers busy at home
Playdough: Making your own playdough at home is fun and super easy. Click here for my favourite playdough recipe. Add glitter, food colouring and baby oil (smells gorgeous) or even a couple of drops of lavender oil for a sensory experience.
Practice colours with Twister game: Do you have a Twister game at home? Now you can use it for something other than drunken home party giggles (just me?). Select a few small toys of different colours (red, blue, green, yellow) and ask your toddler to fill each circle with toys of the right colour.
Foam and more foam: Most supermarkets sell super cheap foam bath of different colours on the kids and baby aisle. Let them explore with it in the bath with a few Tupperware boxes of different sizes and plastic cups. Ideal if you have a Tuff Tray at home, but a large empty storage plastic box works just as well.
‘Washing-up’: Of course you’ll need to clean the items after. Allow them to explore different materials, like plastic Tupperware boxes, wooden spoons, a metal whisk, etc.
Window stickers: These have worked a treat for us. You can get them in Amazon.
Stamps: You can get a stamp set very cheaply in Amazon and most large supermarkets.
‘Paint on the window’: Do you have a whiteboard pen at home? Let them draw with it on a designated window. But make sure you explain that’s the only place they can do it. I learned this the wrong way.
Chores – ‘washing’ a wall, kitchen cupboard, etc: I have a clean spray bottle at home which I only fill with water, and lots of small cloths in different colours to make it fun for the kids.
Magic kitchen cupboard: Empty one of the low cupboards at home and fill it with old pans, Tupperware boxes, lids, etc. Let them empty it whenever they’re bored – they never tire of it!
Musical instruments from old bottles filled with uncooked rice: For see-through bottles, you can dye your rice first! Add some water and glitter and you have a sensory bottle. Make sure you seal the lid properly though.
Decorating a plant pot and planting a seed: A classic!
Small toy hunt with KIDS’ chopsticks: We’ve used tiny dinosaurs or plastic fish. Add some play foam for extra fun.
Den with pillows and blankets: Snuggle up and read a story inside your den.
Chopping vegetables with a kid-friendly knife: Cucumbers and peppers work best.
Dance party: Play some fun kiddies music and dance like no one is watching.
Puppet show from old socks: Do you have a kids table at home? Lay it on the side so the kids can have a stage. Or get creative with a blanket. Let them put the show on for you while you have a cuppa.
‘Gardening’: Designate a spot in the garden for each child and give them a few kid-friendly garden tools. Let them explore.
Picnic in the garden. Or indoors when it’s raining: Who said lunch can only be eaten at the table?
Baking: There are so many awesome recipes for kids online and we’ve uploaded a couple of Baking Blogs here.