I’m going to be honest, we have been in a bit of a rut at our house. I seem to find myself stuck with a bored toddler and not a clue what to do next, which is a bit unusual for me, there always seems to be something new to try. Keeping your child occupied isn’t always easy, and you don’t always have time to run out to the store and pick up materials to put together an activity, so with some help from my fellow bloggers I have compiled a short list of fun activities that you can do with your child, using things you (probably) already have lying around or stored in the back of the cupboard, that will keep your little one entertained!
1. Soap Bubbles on Water – Simple Fun For Kids
Kids love water, it is a fact, and nothing pleases them more than splashing around, especially on a hot day, so why not add some bubbles to the mix? Trust me, the simple things are often the most beloved! Find out how at the link!
2. Homemade Bubble Blowers – Happy Hooligans
If you didn’t notice my enthusiasm for bubbles in the first post let me re state this, kids LOVE bubbles, and they are easy entertainment, so why not try making your own Homemade Bubble Blower! This looks like so much fun, and is super simple, we will be trying this later this afternoon, as we are big bubble fans in our house and these look really easy for a small child.
3. Make a Fort – Excite and Explore (Us)
Yesterday we were in the midst of wandering around our living room aimlessly, still stuck in the aforesaid rut, when I thought back to what I liked to do as a child, and topping that list was making a fort. Forts don’t need to be complicated, or fancy and you don’t need any special fort making kits or materials, it can be as simple as two chairs and a blanket. We happen to have the perfect fort making chairs, they have very tall backs that are just begging to have a blanket draped over them, sometimes secured with an elastic over the tip of the knobs. I am a bit ashamed to admit that since having my son, who recently turned two we have not actually made one until the inspiration hit yesterday, and soon he was running in and out of his “fot” (yes, it sounded like fart) waving his arms in the air and giggling.
4. Sensory Play With Ice – The Realistic Mama
But what about babies I’m sure you’re asking, well fear not, we have some simple fun for them as well! We love this idea from The Realistic Mama about using ice as a sensory experience, check it out!
5. DIY Airplane and Train – Your Modern Family
What kid doesn’t love plains and trains, because mine sure does! This craft looks so cute, and it uses toilet paper rolls and egg cartons, which I stockpile in the house like a kid stockpiles broken crayons, because there is always some cool use for them! Follow the link to find out how to make your own cool craft!
6. Water Play At Home – Excite and Explore
Water, water, water. You may feel like I am being a bit repetitive but water is easy to access and easy to clean up after, so check out this fun set up using things you can find around your house (except maybe the water beads) that will pass the time away a fill it with big smiles. Plus, it is summer and some days you need some water play in order to cool them down.
7. Painting With Cars – Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Cars are like currency to children, they treasure them as we treasure that no fat, extra foam latte. Okay, maybe not but it is something found in pretty well every house hold. This fun activity uses them as an art medium, bringing new fun to the table (and possibly all over your walls) and we will be doing this tomorrow when he gets a bit restless.
8. Pattern Towers With Spaghetti – Mamas Like Me
Pasta is a staple in a lot of households, but it is for more than cooking! Check out the fun they had over at Mamas Like Me with their spaghetti!
9. Stacking Cups – Adventures Of Adam
Sometimes simple really is better, and kids will find a way to play with just about anything. (Trust me on this) Check out the fun this little cutie had with some simple plastic cups and his imagination
10. Non-Shape Sorter – Mama Smiles
Need to keep the baby brother or sister occupied while your toddler tries out that Homemade Bubble Blower? This activity is perfect for the young baby who hasn’t quite grasped the concept of the shape sorter, and it is something you can easily put together, check it out!
Well I don’t know about you but I’m feeling pretty inspired right now, and I’ve already pulled out some stacking cups for when the toddler wakes up from his nap. I hope this might help you find some fun activities for you and your kids, thank you for joining us at Excite and Explore!
June 22, 2014 at 9:45 pm
Hi Rachel! This is great! How do you get all three pictures grouped together under your title? I’ve been wondering how to do that for a long time and I see that you are doing that on your blog. Thanks!
June 22, 2014 at 10:54 pm
I use a website called picmonkey, it will let you make collages for free, it lets you do all kinds of fun things! I’m glad you enjoyed the post!
June 22, 2014 at 11:54 pm
Thanks for featuring our baby ice play! Great round up!
June 24, 2014 at 8:09 am
This has some wonderful ideas – I remember when my little ones were toddlers as well – and sometimes it just felt impossible to give them new and exciting things to explore. I am sure this will be really helpful to many. Thanks for much for joining in with the Parenting Pin it Party – we really appreciate it.
June 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm
Thank you for having us!
June 24, 2014 at 9:28 am
I love the pasta towers. And think I need to get some ice out with my 3 year old. He didn’t get it at all when he had ice cubes in his drink the other day! #Parentingpinit
June 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm
I’m glad you liked it, haha my son just tries to fish out the ice cubes.
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