6 Fun Activities You Can Do at Home with Your Toddler
Finding fun activities for your kids to do while at home can be a full-time job in itself. After all, children aren’t born knowing how to entertain themselves. With time, they learn to find something fun and interesting in almost anything.
Before they do reach that stage, however, it’s up to us adults to make things a little interesting while at home. Use these activities we’re sharing below to spice up your stay-at-home routine and enrich your child’s playtime. You’ll have just as much fun as your kids, too!
Block Building Challenges
What you’ll need: Blocks and plenty of imagination.
Who doesn’t love blocks? Even adults play with them once in a while.
Challenge your toddler with a little building practice by encouraging them to use up all their blocks to build either a tall building or an entire miniature city. Legos are great for this, but large blocks are equally fun to use, too.
What you’ll need: A random assortment of clothes from every member of the family.
Parents often have several dozen pieces of clothing that rarely see the light of day. Well, this activity will finally air out those clothes. Just compile a huge pile of clothes from everyone in the family and encourage everyone to get creative and dress themselves up as silly as possible.
To give your toddlers a little push, tell them they’re getting a special prize if they come up with something extra silly. It doesn’t have to be an expensive item. You can make a hand-made crown or order a custom wristband that says, “The Silliest of Them All” in fun colors.
Indoor Scavenger Hunts
What you’ll need: Some space around your house and a list of items to find.
One great way to exercise your toddler’s body and mind is to let them go on a scavenger hunt. You can easily customize the list of items to suit your child’s interests and abilities.
Examples of what you can let your child look for:
- “Something round.”
- “Something with spots.”
- “Something blue.”
- “Something with wheels.”
- “Something you can wear on your head.”
You can also incorporate a reward structure so your child feels even more motivated.
Virtual Train Rides and Museum Visits
What you’ll need: Internet, a tablet or computer, and some art supplies.
There’s no shortage of virtual tours that take you all over the world, from the stunning Swiss Alps to the iconic Louvre Museum in Paris, France.
Just watching these tours can be a lot of fun, but your child will love it more if they can express a little of their creative side from watching these videos.
Give your little one art supplies to make their own masterpiece after watching a museum tour, or encourage them to paint their favorite landscapes from the virtual train ride. After going on a few virtual tours, your toddler will surely ask you to schedule a real one—an activity that can help expand their knowledge of the world.
What you’ll need: A captivating story, puppets/dolls, and a DIY theater.
Putting on a play is a fantastic activity that everyone in the family will enjoy. Younger children may even want to join in on the fun, and you should let them. If they’re perfectly happy to sit and watch, however, then use your child’s favorite storybook, fairy tale, or make up your own story.
Design your small theater (cardboard ones are great), give everyone healthy snacks to munch on, and enjoy your little one’s giggles and laughter as you put on the show.
What you’ll need: Food coloring, macaroni and/or penne pieces, colorful beads, and pieces of string or yarn.
Create amazing toddler-inspired jewelry with pasta, beads, and other items you can find inside your home. Your child will enjoy threading the string through the pasta pieces and be beaming with pride at their artsy creations.
To color the pasta pieces, you’ll need to dye them separately by filling a bowl or jar with water, vinegar, and food coloring. Leave the pasta to soak for at least 20 minutes in the mixture before you put them out to dry.
Your time at home with your child can be a golden opportunity
You’d be surprised at how many activities you can do with your little one using the things you already have at home. Create a weekly plan of activities, do some preparations in advance, and stay-at-home days will never be boring for the entire family ever again.