What does your toddler do when you are homeschooling your older children? I have a bunch of fun toddler activities for my little one to occupy herself while I’m busy with the older children. Everything that you need can be purchased from the dollar store or found around the house. My princess loves to have her mommy time with me first, and then I can go on and focus on the older children. What can my toddler do while I’m busy homeschooling?
Toddler Activities Supplies
- books – Mo Willems, Eric Carle, Are you my Mother?, Mr. Brown Can Moo, Go, Dog, Go!
- wooden puzzles
- wooden pattern blocks – this is the set we have from Melissa and Doug
- play dough
- plastic containers
- egg cartons
- construction paper
- measuring cups
- pom poms
- pipe cleaners
- Popsicle sticks
- toilet paper or paper towel rolls
You can get your child’s fine motor skills going with some really great activities. I don’t believe in spending a lot of money on toys when young children prefer to play with the boxes that the toy comes in. I have a lot of empty containers, in the photos you’ll see tea containers and peanut butter jars, they are so durable I use them to store all of my craft supplies and baby’s activities. She knows how to open them herself so it’s something that she can do on her own. I used Christmas wrapping paper to jazz them up. I also use them to store the boys school supplies on their desk.
They can be used to count and sort by color. I have two containers for her to transfer the small pom poms from one to another with a pair of plastic tweezers, she can also use the plastic measuring scoop as well. We bought my son a Marble Run for his birthday so I used the tubes and attached them to our stairs for baby to place pom poms at the top and drop them into a cup. This can also be done using toilet paper or paper towel rolls as well. My son took those plastic marble run pieces and placed the pom poms in them and used it as a blow gun. Oh boys and their weapons.
I had my hubby drill holes into the lid and I cut up the pipe cleaners so that baby could place them into the jar through the holes on top.
I used an old yogurt container and then cut a hole into the top where she could slide in popsicle sticks. My daughter loves to play with water and since it so cold now, I’ll have her stand at the sink and play in there with different sized bowls, scoops and toys. This is also a favorite game for my 6 year old. What fun toddler activities does your little one like to do? Let me know, I’m always looking for fun and new (also frugal) ways to entertain my children.
Please don’t walk away from this post thinking that I have all the answers and my house and kids are perfect. That is definitely not the case. This is what things look like when we’re finished and things get thrown about the room. It takes them 2 hours to clean it up and I refuse to so it sits like this until they’re ready to have their screen time after school. That’s when you see them speed up like a super hero and get things all cleaned up so they can play video games or watch TV. Which is why there are no electronics during our school day.
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If you want to make it easy on yourself, have a set of quiet bins available for your toddler to play with on their own. This is great if you need a little quiet time, need to work with older children or you need a break as you’re making dinner. A Year of Educational Quiet Bins can really save your sanity.
Be sure to read my Fine Motor Activity with Straws.