This post is written by a guest, Rachel Green of Family Smart Guide.
As a parent, you don’t need to entertain your kids 24/7 and get them to play outside or experience outdoor life. If you find yourself stuck inside due to the bad weather or current situation then you’ll love our list of home activities for toddlers.
We present to you 15 best activities for toddlers at home that are sure to make your little one happy. Where toddlers can have fun, be active and most importantly play in a safe and clean environment. It’s very easy to set up at home and these can be played anytime when you are home.
1. Play-dough Modelling
Play-dough is a highly fun and creative art activity for toddlers and preschoolers to play with. It’s not only cheap but also very simple just provide some play-dough to your kid and encourage him to use poke-ins, play-dough, and let his imagination take over. Soon, you will see that your child will be making shapes of increasing complexities.
2. Marble Painting
Marble paintings are one of the fun things to do so that your child is to not get bored with this activity any time soon. You will need watercolor, drawing paper, and some marbles and encourage your child to dip the marbles in the paint and draw favorite shapes on the paper.
3. Water Balloon Painting
Water balloon painting is another great way to add new textures in your child’s activities. This activity will help your child to learn how to play with textures. You may help your child to fill some water in the balloons and help them tie the opening so that the water doesn’t drop outside while he is painting.
4. Making Masks
Making masks is one of the best activities to keep your little one busy and happy at home. It helps kids truly think out of the box and use their visualization in creative ways. All you have to do get your child to mark areas (for your eyes, nose, and mouth) that need to be cut out on the construction plate. Help him to cut the plate as per the markings and let your child color the mask his way.
5. Playing with Balls
Playing with balls makes the physical activity more enjoyable and it’s good for your child muscle development, hand-eye coordination, and fitness. You don’t have to worry about buying fancy balls. You can make your ball with newspaper or rolled-up socks. Playing with balls with children is also a great way to spend quality time together and build mutual relationships. Bigger, and softer balls are easier for your child to kick & catch. If your child has trouble with kicking, you can play fun games and activities in your garden such as outdoor swing, climbing up ladders, running and jumping, and more. The exercise will help develop your child’s body strength and strengthen fine motor skills, as well as improve grip strength and finger coordination.
6. Glowing Dough
Toddlers seem to have an attraction towards anything that glows, and the glowing dough has no difference. This activity is proper for preschoolers who can handle being around the stove top. All you have to do keep the dough on a stove top in medium flame, mix all the ingredients except the edible color, and the glow in the dark paint.
7. Sticker Fun
Stickers were one of the best activities of all our childhoods. Stickers help to teach them to be patient and build motor skills, as the toddlers on peeling it off without damaging the paper body. This also helps build their creativity, and the resulting artwork is sure to be one to keep for ages. Give a set of stickers to your kid, and motivate him to stick stickers the way they like in a book or drawing paper.
8. Toy Excavation
Excavating toys is a great idea to make for a truly memorable evening for your child. It helps to improve their motor and reasoning skills. To do this activity you will need Some plastic toys, utensils water, a dropper Some saltwater, and brushes. Just Make your child excavate the toys carefully with the help of saltwater, a dropper, and some brushes.
9. Finger Painting
Traditionally finger painting has been one of the messiest and most creative activities a child can do. No childhood is complete without squishy, messy, and colorful finger painting. It helps a child’s senses and intellectual development. Keep in mind any finger paint that you use for your children must be non-toxic by mouth and non-irritating to the skin.
10. Painting with Oil Pastel
Painting with oil pastels are more vibrant and more versatile which makes your little one happier to color with. To perform this activity, you need art supplies such as Sturdy paper, Oil pastels Vegetable oil or baby oil, and cotton swabs. Encourage him to make as many shapes as he wants with the oil pastels and fill in the color.
11. Salt Painting
Salt Painting is a tried and tested favorite among children and more fun to do and also an activity that helps improves the children’s creativity. You will need a paper plate, add a few drops of food color on some Epsom salt, and mix it, let your child draw his favorite shapes on the drawing paper.
12. Cut and Paste Worksheets
This is one of the creative craft activities for kindergarten and preschoolers which helps them build their creativity and also improve motor skills too. It also helps kids to learn the alphabet and numbers by cutting and pasting them or create beautiful works of art with a different shape that you cut ‘n paste together to make a picture.
13. Drawing Game
Drawing game involves a common image alternatively, that greatly helps in bringing your child closer to you. This game forced children to think on their feet and make stuff up as the game progresses. Start by drawing an unassuming picture on paper, color pencils, or crayons and pass it onto your child.
14. Color Match Cars Painting
Color Match Cars Painting is a super fun activity for children that involves creating wheel patterns from cars with paint matching and learning about different colors. Children drive through the cars and paint towards the matching colors. You will need a large rectangular sheet of paper, paint, masking tape, and toy cars.
15. Counting Activity
Counting activity is a great and fun activity for preschool kids. It’s very easy to set up at home and will help your children consolidate their understanding of identifying numbers. This is a great activity for developing your child’s familiarity with numbers and what they represent using physical objects.
Final Words: Hopefully, these home activities for toddlers help you make this uncertain time more normal for you and your little one. By trying out these creative activities, your kids become socially aware, healthy, and active and help them develop the confidence to interact with others. Try these fun activities with your kids and enjoy while having fun yourself!