4 Free Toddler Activities
Toddler moms are always looking for new ways to keep their little ones entertained without spending any more money or buying more toys to clutter their homes. Lucky for us, there are tons of ways our toddlers can play (and learn) with items you most likely have at home already!
If your toddler is anything like mine, their favorite toys are probably your household items! Samson’s current favorites are our remotes and cups! 🤷🏼♀️ I love the simplicity and innocence of that! Oh, toddlers! Easily entertained, but SHORT attention spans! Haha!
So when you need a few creative ideas to keep your toddler busy at home for a bit, here are 4 free toddler activities you can do with items you probably already have at home!
1. Fill a Piggy Bank
Ok, so it’s actually less about filling the bank and more about the action of putting a coin through the slot. Inserting coins into a piggy bank coin slot is a great motor skill builder and an awesome way to keep toddlers busy for a bit! It’s a great way for little ones to practice their pincer grasp. It also develops the fine motor skills by inserting the coin through the slot. If you don’t have a piggy bank, you could use a paper cup and cut a slit on the bottom. If you don’t have any loose change, you could use buttons or folded pieces of paper. Super easy and accessible! Hardly any set up or clean up time make this one a win for moms!
2. Color Sorting
This is a fun one to do together with your toddler to help teach colors. Start by setting up 2 or more color designations, either a colored object, paper, sticky note, or plastic bin in an open area accessible to your little one. Take your time finding objects around the house that are the same color as your starter object and place them together. This will help your toddler learn to identify and distinguish colors in everyday things. It’s something you can do over and over again and probably always find something new. This is also perfect for building vocabulary as you talk to your toddler about each of the items. Fun and perfect for learning!
3. Practice Zippers and Buttons
If you’re looking for a way to get some chores done while entertaining your little one, this is the perfect task to do while you fold laundry! When I fold laundry, Samson loves to be involved! Usually he does more unfolding than anything, though, haha! But, it’s a start! So, its great to have some ideas to keep him busy while also letting him be involved. While you are folding the laundry, show your toddler how to use buttons, zippers and snaps on the clothes. This is a great learning experience for multiple areas including motor skill development, learning about household tasks, and learning to be a helper!
4. Make Pasta Necklaces
A great toddler activity is making fun, silly jewelry. It’s a perfect craft for a few reasons. It is great for fine motor skill development while threading the pasta with yarn or ribbon. It also encourages imagination, creativity and ingenuity. This is also an activity with minimal cleanup, so it gets bonus points from me!
I hope you found some new ideas here! Whatever activities you do with your little one, remember, you’re killin’ the mom game!
What activity will you be trying with your toddler? Share your favorite activities with me in the comments below!