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Toddler Boredom Buster with Cups and Flowers

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I love how babies and toddlers get so engaged with super simple activities and stay busy exploring and using the materials for quite a long time!

I set up this Toddler Boredom Buster with Cups and Flowers as an invitation to play that was very easy to put together, quite colorful, and open-ended. My toddler really liked it and played with it for a long time!

Since there’s no mess and only minimal supervision is required, it’s perfect for when you’re cooking dinner, doing paperwork or simply having a cup of coffee in peace šŸ™‚

Set up a quick invitation to play to keep your toddler busy: My son had a lot of fun with this Toddler Boredom Buster with Cups and Flowers!

Recommended Flower Books for Toddlers

Your toddler will love reading these books about flowers and see how they grow from a seed to an adult flower.

Lola Plants a Garden (Lola Reads)Lola Plants a Garden (Lola Reads)The Tiny Seed: With seeded paper to grow your own flowers! (The World of Eric Carle)The Tiny Seed: With seeded paper to grow your own flowers! (The World of Eric Carle)The Little Gardener (Teenie Greenies)The Little Gardener (Teenie Greenies)I Can Grow a Flower (Life Cycle Board Books)I Can Grow a Flower (Life Cycle Board Books)Planting a RainbowPlanting a RainbowUp in the Garden and Down in the Dirt: (Nature Book for Kids, Gardening and Vegetable Planting, Outdoor Nature Book) (Over and Under)Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt: (Nature Book for Kids, Gardening and Vegetable Planting, Outdoor Nature Book) (Over and Under)

 

Materials for this Toddler Boredom Buster with Cups and Flowers

  • Paper cups. Any kind will work, bonus points for cups of different sizes. We only had one size, though.
  • Artificial flowers. Real ones would be even more awesome if you have them!
  • Cookie sheet or tray (optional). I like to arrange invitations to play on a cookie sheet for easier transportation and a nicer presentation, but it’s not necessary. I could have handed N a stack of cups and a handful of flowers, and he would’ve been just as happy šŸ™‚

To set up this invitation to play, I simply placed six cups on the cookie sheet and put one flower in each. I chose two flowers in each of three colors: yellow, red, and white.

Set up a quick invitation to play to keep your toddler busy: My son had a lot of fun with this Toddler Boredom Buster with Cups and Flowers!

When N saw the materials, his eyes lit up, and he started picking up cups and flowers immediately.

He spent some time exploring one of the red flowers in particular, and I told him all about the color. The red stars on the cups were a happy coincidence, and I pointed out that they were the same color.

child playing with flowers

He tested how the flowers fit into the cups by taking one out and putting it back in repeatedly.

child putting a flower into a cup

Finally, he settled on his favorite part of this simple activity: Stacking up the cups, putting them one by one on the cookie sheet, then stacking them up again.

a child stacking cups together

He did this many times.

child taking stack of cups apart and laying out on a baking pan

Periodically, he got a silly little gleam in his eyes, started screeching, and throwing all of the cups on the floor before picking them up and starting over.

All told, this activity kept my little toddler busy for almost 15 minutes. That’s definitely a win in my book šŸ™‚

As a little extension, it was E’s idea to add some wooden bricks to the cookie sheet when N lost interest. We went with red, yellow, and white bricks to match the flowers.

flowers and blocks in a cup all on a baking pan

N liked that, and he played with the bricks for another few minutes before it was time for dinner.

More Toddler Activities

Are you looking for other simple mess-free boredom busters? Try these:

Toddler Boredom Buster with Cups and Cotton Balls

Toddler Activity with Straws and Pipe Cleaners

Toddler Play with Plastic Eggs and Pom Poms

If you don’t mind a bit of a mess, we had lots of fun with Goopy Grass Sensory Play and a Flower Sensory Soup. Neither of these activities is messy messy, but you’ll have a little bit of clean up afterward.

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