Painting is SO much fun. I squirt some fingerpaints in a paint tray and he’s set. Whenever we go to a craft store, I always let him choose a wooden object to buy (cars, trucks, frames, birdhouses). For about a dollar a piece, it provides him with a TON of fun!
Fun, Quick, and Easy Toddler Activities
I have three kiddos. M is almost 6 and in full-day kindergarten, G is newly 2, and baby G is almost 4 months old. It’s a lot. Many days I feel like I’m working to just keep everyone alive. Ha! Lately, the biggest challenge has been keep G happy while I’m nursing a baby going through a major growth spurt. I thought it’d be fun to share some of my ideas. Maybe you have some you could share with me, too?
The boy LOVES to draw and write, so a pad of paper from the dollar spot and a handful of crayons is awesome, quiet, busy work.
I grab one of my plastic trays and scatter a ton of tiny, random objects (dice, shells, coins, pompoms, erasers). We play I-Spy with it. I’ll say, “I spy a BLUE pompom,” and he will search and search for it. It’s such a language-rich learning opportunity!
Duplos, Duplos, Duplos. All. Day. Long. I searched Craigslist for weeks and then finally found a mama selling a giant TUB of her son’s. I picked them up that day, bleached them in the bathtub, and haven’t looked back. They are GREAT for honing fine motor skills.
Board books have always been a hit but ones with flaps? Perfection. I’ve found that Costco has amazing deals on these so when we go, I usually let him pick out a new one.
Okay, I can’t really nurse AND bake, but working in the kitchen with your tot is so valuable. It’s great one-on-one time, plus he learns new vocabulary words (teaspoon, oven, spatula, ect). G requests to bake together at least once a week.
Magna Doodle! He loves it and apparently had so much fun that he fell asleep while drawing. Ha! I like these travel sized ones because they’re easy to manipulate and can easily be tossed in my diaper bag for trips.
Written by Jill