Toddlers learn best through play.
The activities below will keep your toddler busy as well as teach them vital skills.
I’ve personally used each idea either in a class or with my own kids.
- Ribbons in a bottle
Take an empty bottle with a wide lid . Stuff with ribbon. Help your child to push the ribbon in and pull it out.
For this you need a bowl of pom Poms and some tweezers. Use the tweezers to transfer the pom Poms into and out of the bowl.
- Colander pipe cleaners
Take several coloured pipe cleaners and a colander. Turn the colander upside down and have your toddler stick the pipe cleaners in using the colander like a peg board.
- Corn kernel sensory box
This is great for if you have a child learning about the farm or food theme. Place popcorn into a shallow box. Insert farm animals, farmer and a tractor into the kernels covering them.
Give your child spoons, a funnel, an empty container and a jug to play with.
Let them discover the animals and scoop out the kernels. Teach them to pour the kernels into the container and how they pass through the funnel.
- Cardboard box
This is self explanatory, give your child a box and let their imaginations go wild.
- Rip tissue paper
This is fantastic for fine motor skills. You can start with soft papers like serviettes, tissue paper and work up to white paper, old magazines and wrapping paper.
- Fabric scraps
Give your child a box of fabric scraps.
On a huge piece of paper trace around their body. Let them glue on the fabric scraps to make clothing.
- Jars and lids
Take several jars with lids. Unscrew all the lids. Muddle them up and have your child match the right lid to the container and screw it on.
Hold your ears with this one. Give the kids some old pots and wooden spoons let them make music.
- Transfer water
This is especially fun in the bathroom but a bowl of water outside will also work.
Fill a container and have your child transfer water from it to another container.
You can use a variety of different items like spoons, cups, jugs, buckets, ect.
- Stack cups
Let your child stack plastic cups or Tupperware in your kitchen the same way they stack blocks.
- Toothpicks and meat trays
Draw a simple picture on a meat tray and let your toddler prick all around it to make the pattern.