When I started following blogs, a few jumped out at me right away. Buggy and Buddy was one of them. Chelsey, its creator, is an experienced classroom teacher who now raises her two kids at home. I am continually amazed at her original ideas, educationally sound activities, and beautiful photographs! She is particularly gifted at sharing creative art ideas and fun science projects. I so appreciate Chelsey coming over to guest post while we adjust to life with our new baby girl. I hope you’ll hop on over and start following her blog right along with me!
Creating activities for kids doesn’t have to be time consuming. I am a huge fan of simple! Don’t get me wrong — I do love providing opportunities for my kids to participate in multi-step projects that can run over the course of a few days, but that’s not the norm with us. Simple is my adjective of choice!
Now, with my daughter at school during the weekdays, I’ve had a lot of time to focus on my toddler. Over the past year I’ve discovered that my 2-year-old thrives when presented with simple activities that provide him with the chance to explore materials and create. I’m so excited to share with you our favorite simple toddler activities and hope they provide you with some inspiration!
9 Simple Activities for Toddlers
Creative Play for Toddlers
I often observe my toddler playing independently in order to discover his current interests. These four simple play ideas focus on two things my son seems to enjoy-fine motor skills and movement.
1. Car Themed Sensory Bin: This sensory bin only uses a few materials and is so easy to put together. And once you’ve made it, it’s an activity that’s available to you to just pull out when you’re in need of an easy toddler activity.
2. Scooping Pom Poms: My toddler LOVES playing with pom poms! This simple activity was not only super fun for Theo, but also provided him with the opportunity to practice his fine motor skills, color words and counting!
3. Launching Ping Pong Balls: This outdoor activity was such a fun way for my toddler to explore physics. He loved the independence of learning how to set the activity up on his own and had a blast launching his ping pong ball over and over!
4. Pom Poms, Tweezer, and Mirror: Here’s another simple activity using pom poms, this time with a mirror!
Creating with Toddlers
Toddlers love creating! No matter what art project we have going on, my son always wants to try it out himself. Here are three simple art projects you can do with your toddler.
5. Decorating Play Clay: I love making my own art materials! This post contains an easy recipe for play clay. Once you’ve made it, you can put the clay out with loose parts and let your child have fun creating!
6. Canvas and Pipe Cleaners: Who knew just two materials could keep the attention of a busy toddler for so long! Theo loved creating with pipe cleaners and canvas.
7. Painting with Droppers: I think this is for sure Theo’s favorite art project to date. I’ll never forget the look on his face as he observed his drops of watercolor spread on his paper!
Free Printables for Toddlers
Sometimes I need an activity I can just grab quickly without having to dig through my art cabinet for supplies. Here are two activities you can print to do with your toddlers.
8. Peek-a-boo Farm Animals: Just cut out some of these farm animals and you’ve got a fun peek-a-boo activity to go with the song, “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.”
9. Animal Charades: My toddler loves imitating animals. This free printable includes pictures of both farm and zoo animals. Theo had so much fun pretending to be a sheep and a horse!
Be sure to stop by Buggy and Buddy and check out some of our most popular posts for older children as well!
Chelsey is the creator of Buggy and Buddy ~ an extensive resource for parents, homeschoolers, and classroom teachers to find ways to inspire creativity and self-confidence in their children while promoting learning and fun. On Buggy and Buddy you will find all kinds of creative play, learning experiences, and art projects to inspire you and your children to become lifelong learners and creators! You can follow Buggy and Buddy on G+, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter!