15 fun Toddler Activities to do this weekend

As an educator I enjoy easy activities that not only keep kids busy but allow them to learn through play.

Here are 15 fun easy activities to keep your toddler ( and you) busy this weekend.

1.Cut up pipe cleaners – collect a variety of coloured pipe cleaners and let your child practice their cutting skills by cutting the pipe cleaners into smaller pieces.

2.Balloon badminton – make 2 bats by taping a carton tube to a paper plate. Alternatively You can cut a pool noodles and each use a piece or use fly swatter. Take turns using a balloon as the ball to hit.

3.Bubbles wrap runway – this is very cute and perfect for little toddlers. Place a long strip of bubble wrap on the ground. Have your child stand like an aeroplane , arms outstretched and run down the runway to take off and fly.

4.Golf tees into Styrofoam – for this you need a few golf tees and some Styrofoam. Give your child a wooden hammer and let him hammer each tee into the Styrofoam.

5.Highways – make roads from tape on the ground and let your toddler ride their cars on the roads.

6.Treasure hunt – hide a few items in a room or outside. Draw the items into a piece of paper and help your child to find each one. I like a nature hunt where each child has to find a few items to collect outside.

7.Cereal necklaces – using a cereal that looks like hoops make a necklace by stringing tgem onto a piece of string or ribbon.

8.Thread cereal onto a spaghetti stick – place a piece of raw spaghetti into a piece of playdough. Thread cereal with hoops onto the spaghetti.

9.Newspaper balls – roll newspaper up into a ball and throw, kick and roll the balls with your toddler.

10.Roll down a hill- I’m sure you all remember the fun of rolling downhill and in the grass. Teach your toddler to roll downhill.

11.Balance beam- a balance beam can be made from a piece of plank or a few bricks placed together . Allow your child to hold your hand until they are confident enough to balance by themselves.

12.Block stack – use blocks or plastic containers to stack into tall towers and let your toddlers knock it over.

13.Lacinging cards – cut some easy shapes from card boxes. Old cereal boxes work best. Punch all around and let your child use a shoe lace to thread around.

14.Cook with mud- who didn’t love cooking with mud as a child? Give them some old kitchen utensils and make a small mud patch outside. This is great for creativity.

15.Peg play-allow your child to peg the clothing pegs on and off a paper plate, shoebox or string tied between two chair legs.


Bears first toys & fun ideas to stimulate your baby at home

These were Little bears first toys.

Mammas you do not need expensive items to entertain baby.

The wooden bunnies were made by my friend Karolien at www.momsdirectory.co.za and I painted them using nail polish . I used them to help him focus and do tracking with his eyes.

The plastic containers, I would put beans, ect in to make different sounds. I shook these for him to hear.

We placed all the items into the gift bag as storage and pointed out the bright items on the bag to bear as we spoke during the day.

The washing machine I made from an old mug box by cutting a hole in the centre and drawing on the details. I would place various tactile materials inside for him to pull out.

The finger puppet fitted over bears hand and I would place it on his hand or foot for body awareness and to get him to grasp at it and cross the midline.

Those first 1000 days are the most important and one of my peeves at having worked in several daycares, is how the school owners feel babies do not need as much stimulation as older children .

Today I’m sharing just a few of the items bear and i did together in his early months …

Shaving cream

This is one of my all time favourite go to sensory activities and even my age 4/5 year old class enjoyed writing and playing in the shaving cream.

You can colour the shaving cream with a dash of food colouring .

Best of all if you spray into a cupcake tray , put a different colour into each cup, mix and leave in the fridge till bath time you have awesome bath paints. My older bears loved these.

Little bears reaction to the shaving cream was delightful. He was 4 months old here and loved mooooshing the cream over the tray.

And …no mess!

Just dump in bath 😛

For bath fun I love the www.acornkids.co.za bath foam which is the same as coloured shaving cream. Too much fun in a can.


Items as simple as a serviettes can keep babies entertained and are great for tactile discovery.

Just watch how quick those little hands can get to the mouth …

Bubble wrap

Another one of my favourites.

Little bear squished it in his chubby fingers, walked on it, rolled on it, crawled on it and I sat him in it, in his pool.

Obviously never leave baby alone with plastic of any kind. And watch items near babies mouth.

Crawling tunnels

One of our favourite items when little bear was crawling was his www.melissaanddoug.com tunnel.

When my other bears were babies my budget didn’t allow for such fancy items and we made tunnels from empty boxes, chairs lined up and under beds.

Crawling obstacles were placed within reach to encourage movement and develop those gross motor skills.


Baking is one of the activities little bear and I enjoy together.

You can bake from young.

Even at just a few months he enjoyed tasting the dough, squishing it in his fingers and slamming rollers and cutters onto the dough.

As he’s gotten older he now helps add ingreadience to a bowl, place decorations on and has more control over the roller and cutters.

How cute is his chef hat from Theresa at www.magoo.co.za ?


Oh how much fun was Little bears first sandy day at the beach?

Sand is a wonderful medium to explore.

As I was stuck inside with a broken leg for most of bears early months we used kinetic sand from www.acornkids.co.za on a tray to play with often.

Garden sand is his favourite and he loves the feel of squishy mud between his fingers as he drags his bulldozers through it.

We’ve tried to build sand castles on the beach but up until now my OCD builds the castle and bears Toddler curiosity crushes it 😂

Did you know preschools steralise their sandpit sand with coarse salt. It keeps it free of worms and fleas.

If you have pets always keep your sandpit covered.


Water play can be just as exciting to explore as sand and again you don’t need any expensive water tables.

A large container with a bit of water, a small blow up pool or a plastic shell will do.

You could even put baby in the bath.

Boats, bath toys and kitchen odds make the best experimenting tools.

You can colour the water with a drop of food colouring or use www.acornkids.co.za angel powder.

A bit of bubble bath, shower gel or shampoo makes amazing bubbles.

Alternatively if your toddler is older you can give them a hand whisk and get them beating that water to make the bubbles …

Ball pitt

A ball pit can be tremendous fun at any age .

We turned a mini blow up pool into bears first ball pit.

He would sit and play like that for a few minutes at a time and soon learnt to throw them out .


Who doesn’t love bubbles?

I collected some of Kikis bath bubbles and placed them in a container for little bear to explore. He enjoyed feeling the bubbles on his hands and feet.

So much fun in a box.

Balloon play

This is still one of little bears favourites.

I started by tying a balloon to his car chair or pram for him to watch.

As he began to sit and crawl I would blow up several and place them all around him to bop at and try catch.

Now that he is older we can throw them to him and he kicks them.

Bring nature inside

As I mentioned I was stuck with a heavy cast and moonboot for most of little bears early months and so i would often get one of my older bears to find me leaves, flowers, bark, stones, shells and other pieces of nature for bear to explore.

Sensory pools

These really can be made with any container large enough for baby to sit in.

I filled Little bears blow up pool with a variety of different items and hid toys and small things in between for him to discover.

This one I used packaging pellets but you can use :


Cut up pool noodles
Cooked noodles
Dry noodles


I introduced Little bear to paint at a very young age and it’s one of his go to activities.

It’s possible to let your child paint from 4/5 month old with help. You guide their hand and then watch as they learn to swipe the paper themselves.

If you are worried about mess mix a little dish liquid into your finger or poster paints , it helps it wash out faster.

Or you can make your own paint by mixing either flour or cornflour with a drop of colour and a small bit of Water till you have the consistency you need.

He has his own style and will paint anything in front of him.

This box was from his www.buddingminds.co.za kit and he had not finished painting yet so the box was his next project 😂🤣

Discovery boxes

I feature my discovery boxes often because I feel it’s important to place a child in an environment that fosters learning and discovery.

The box is an old train box but you could use a tray, shoe box, cupcake tray or printers tray.

Chose a theme

For this box we used a baking theme

Fill the box with items related to that theme and step back allowing your child to explore and discover each item for as long or short a period as they like.

This was my saving grace over the December holidays and kept bear busy enough for me to get some work done.

And always end with lots of mamma hugs and kisses

We have a talker …

Over the last few weeks I watched bears vocabulary grow in leaps and bounds from simple words and gutteral gestures to full blown conversations.

This morning was the cutest…

Bear was watching Caiou when the little boy hugs his mom , next thing bear runs up to me and gives me a big hug. Well my heart just melted into a puddle of mommy mush right there… I mean , just how darn cute is that ?

Next he’s at his toy box and he looks at me and in his best Barney sing song voice ge says ” I wuv oooo”.

A few minutes later he ungracefully shoved a “kaaar” into my hands and told me to “Taaaa” so he could eat his “naanaa”. He proceeded to chomp the banana, and his eyes spotted his Fischer Price talking “og” ( that’s dog for those who don’t speak beginner toddler).

For the last few days we’ve been talking more directly to bear. By this i mean , up until now we’ve included him in conversation, read to him and spoken to him but now we have this underlying goal to have our baby be able to communicate with us.

So I insist he say ta when he wants something and no longer just give him things he points to . I wait for the thank you after he’s received an item.

We purposely point out animals and items and hope to have him copy the word.

Last night as him and i sorted the mismatch chaos of his puzzle play I said dinosaur …what he copied was no where near dinosaur but it was a good try.

At the moment bears vocabulary is about 25 words and 4 phrases.

So how can you assist your toddler to develop their vocabulary?

1.Teach new words daily

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ake it a habit to teach a new words everyday. To do this you can point out the different objects in your home or in books. Bear likes us pointing out the animals in his puzzle and i find he loves to tell us what each piece is before placing them in the right space.

2. No baby talk

Developing language not only requires speaking but also listening so talk to your child as you would to another adult. This will encourage them to use proper words, rather than baby talk.

3. Describe your life

Talk as much as you can and often.

Spend the day describing your activities, the things around you, what you see and the sounds you hear to your toddler. Your child may not appear to be paying any attention but he is listening

and learning.

4. Use cues


ake advantage of the cues around you. If it’s time to eat for example, involve your child in putting plates on the table and smelling the food before saying “it’s lunch time!”

Your child may not understand the word “lunch” but will soon get the idea that whenever you say “lunch” it means it’s time to eat.

5. Create opportunity


reate opportunities for your child to respond to you. Ask your toddler plenty of simple questions throughout the day.

You can start by asking ‘yes or no’ questions.

As he becomes more responsive, ask more complex questions like what do you want to eat or where do you want to go?

Remember to pause after asking a question to give your child time to reply.

6. Simplify

If you can, use simple words and short sentences to make it easier for your toddler to grasp what you’re saying.

“Ta bottle” may be easier for your child to understand in the begining, rather than “please go collect your bottle from the table.”

7. Repeats to correct

Sometimes, your child might say ‘naanaa’ instead of banana , in this case reply with the actual word so that he can hear it. Reply by saying “yes, this is a banana”.

8. Keep it fun

Introduce singing , rhymes and poetry to your child’s day. These are fun ways to keep your child wanting to learn more.

9. Constant exposure

Read daily. Allow your child to interact with words through tv, apps, games and flashcards.

9. Grab focus

Maintain eye contact with your child when engaging him. Doing this will promote better understanding and helps to focus on what you’re saying to him.

10. That’s my name

Always use your child’s name in a sentence.

Your child will learn their name, identify that they are being addressed and gain a send a of self esteem .

Bedtime prayers for children

From little I have taught my bears simple bedtime prayers to recite, over the years they changed as each child would recite the prayer they loved best.

As little bear grows this is the one item we need to introduce into his night time routine.

Here are 4 of my favourite prayers for children:

Share your favourite bedtime prayers in the comments below .

Oh my goodness yogurt

The infamous Gordon Ramsay and his daughter Matilda have developed a healthy range of children’s meals exclusively for Checkers.

A full range of meals and snacks to keep your growing children healthy.

With no added MSG, artificial sweetners,colours or flavours you can conveniently prepare a meal or pack a healthy snack secure in the knowledge that your child is getting all of the goodness and none of the junk.

Little bear takes 2 yogurt to school daily and the Oh my goodness range is one of his favourites.

Made from full cream milk, real fruit and vegetables and NO artificial colours and flavourants.

Each pack contains

  • Strawberry & beetroot
  • Banana & sweet potato
  • Peach and pumpkin

The perfect way to disguise veggies from a picky eater.

Little Bears favourite is the strawberry and beetroot. ( mamma quite likes it too )

So, take the thinking out of shopping and treat your children to some healthy meals and snacks on the go.

For more information


Tree of life App

Have you ever heard of a “brelfie”?


A BRELFIE is a selfie chosen to make breastfeeding even more beautiful than what it already is.

How does it work ?

The app allows you to add a magical Tree of Life to their pictures, and the effect is nothing short of stunning.

You can either download pictures from the internet or use the app’s Tree of Life sticker pack.

You can also add other magical effects.

How to use the App

Moms have been sharing their BRELFIES on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the hashtags.



Why share this ?

Moms are sharing not only to highlight the beauty of breastfeeding but also to reduce the outdated stigma of breastfeeding in public.