If you’re kids are anything like mine, they get bored, and then start acting up.
So I’m compiling a list of stuff that we can do with our toddlers to keep them not only busy, but behaving, as well.
1. Make a Fairy Garden – My three year old loves Tinkerbell so this would be a perfect activity to do with her and my one year old. Don’t forget the glittery pixie dust!
2. Make a fort out of cardboard boxes.
3. Stage an A to Z scavenger hunt, where you have to find something that starts with every letter.
3. Have a picnic at a state park.
4. Make homemade pizza.
5. Have a water balloon fight.
6. Visit the local library.
7. Make a sidewalk chalk mural.
8. Have an outdoor painting party using giant rolls of paper or cardboard.
9. Pretend to be pirates for a day—dress up in costumes, plan a treasure hunt and talk like a pirate.
10. Collect rocks and paint them to use as paperweights or pet rocks.
11. Visit a zoo or aquarium.
12. Run through the sprinklers.
13. Visit an animal shelter.
14. Pick a nearby town to visit for the day
15. Build things using toothpicks and mini marshmallows.
16. Have a tea party.
17. Let kids paint each other with washable tempera paint, then wash it off in the sprinklers.
18. Take a free kid’s workshop at stores like Lowe’s, Home Depot or Pottery Barn.
19. Play with bubbles.
20. Go mini golfing.
21. Make a fort.
22. Play playdoh.
23. Play Hot Lava with pillows and couch cushions.
24. Make a pretend car wash.
25. Play hide and seek.
26. Make paper air planes and fly them.
27. Wrap toys in newspaper and let them unwrap them.
28. Toss balls into a laundry basket.
29. Make mud pies in the dirt.
30. Feed the ducks.
31. Collect rocks.
32. Play in a kiddie pool.
33. Fly a kite.
34. Play in the fresh snow.
35. Play with waterbeads.
36. Water the flowers.
37. Read books together.
38. Have a dance party.
39. Bake cookies.
40. Handprint art.
41. Go through their toys and sort into Keep – Donate – Trash piles.
42. Make a toy box out of a cardboard box – don’t forget to decorate it!
43. Bowl indoors – use whatever you have available to create a bowling set.
44. Tape lines to the floor in different ways and have your toddler follow them.
45. One word – Trampoline. Let the kids jump off some energy.
46. Play dress up.
47. Go for a walk.
48. Dance Party! – Put on music and go crazy.
49. Visit a museum.
50. Face painting.
Create a bucket list for the year including these things and go do them!
Phone down, off the computer, go, go, go!