Toddler and Post-toddler Activity Ideas

For a friend going through a rough time right now. And for me, ’cause I need it!

Ideas for EASY activity ideas for toddlers and post-toddlers (those children who aren’t quite toddlers but who aren’t big enough for preschooler activities).

  • Painting with water – Use an old paintbrush, and a cup or bucket full of water and paint the concrete – or anything else it shows up on.
  • Playing with rice/wheat/dried beans/whatever – if you do it outside, you can consider it feeding the birds.
  • A sink of water – Seriously it sounds messier than it is. Put a couple of old towels down, fill the sink, add dishwashing liquid and a cup or two and let them go for it. Move your dishes out of the way first, if you don’t want them ‘washed’.
  • Toy library. – not quite as easy but really good.
  • Treasure hunts – give them a basket and ask them to look for treasure. Say something green, something blue, something they can wear, etc. Even better ask them to find things that need to be put away.
  • Balloons
  • Sidewalk chalk – It really does wash out of clothes.
  • Boxes
  • Bubbles
  • Stories on tape/computer – get them online (Lit2Go, Storynory or Kids Audio Books are good) or from libraries.

Feel free to add your own ideas, please.

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