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Fun and Easy Activities for Toddlers + Preschoolers to Do at Home
If you spend every day with toddlers, pandemic or not, then you are probably on the constant lookout for things to do at home when they get bored.
I have a toddler and a preschooler at home right now, so you know we’re in the same boat!
That’s why I’ve put together this list of super fun boredom-busters that will keep your kiddos occupied for hours.
And if you get through the list but want to always have activity ideas at your disposable, make sure to grab the printable mini e-book I created just for that purpose.
(It has more than 100 toddler and preschooler activities on it! Seriously, you don’t want to miss out on this freebie.)
Awesome Things for Toddlers to Do at Home When Bored
Here are 11 fun and super easy activities to to at home with your toddler or preschooler. (And I bet your bigger kids will enjoy some of these ideas too!)
1. Bake pudding pie towers
What is a pudding pie tower, you wonder. Let me tell you.
It’s more than just a tower — it’s a fun way to eat pudding pops!
Here’s some awesome news for you: When your order a pudding pie tower kit through Baketivity, you’ll get a complete baking experience without finding recipes, shopping, or measuring.
That’s right — you don’t even have to measure the ingredients. They come pre-measured, so if your big kids want to join in, they can easily create their own towers.
2. Listen to audio books
Reading books is great, but sometimes you have a change it up a little.
Audio books are a fun way to get your kiddos “reading” — and it saves you from having to read the same books over and over.
By the way… Did you know that Audible has tons of popular children’s audio books for your kiddos to enjoy? Try it out free for 30 days (and get TWO free audiobooks when you use my link — click here to check it out).
3. Design an enchanted fairy garden
Create enchanted gardens in a potted plant, in the yard, or wherever your heart desires! (I’m guessing your kiddo will want to have some input in this matter.)
Include figurines, such as fairies and gnomes, plus tiny trees, flowers, and mushrooms.
And if they really love putting together their own fairy garden? Let them create an enchanted garden every single month with Fairy Crate!
4. Create handprint art
Toddlers LOVE making handprint art!
You can create handprint art for any holiday or occasion. And the best thing about it is that it’s super simple for you.
I promise, you don’t have to be a super crafty, Pinterest-y mom — most of the crafts I find on Pinterest involve nothing more than construction paper and kid-friendly, washable paint.
(Before you read on, make sure you’re following The Writer Mom on Pinterest to stay up to date on the latest crafting and kids’ activity ideas!)
5. Make a ball pit
Want more than just a few minutes of undisturbed fun?
Create your own ball pit by filling up a kiddie pool or a pack n play with plastic balls. They’ll stay busy for hours in this fun, DIY ball pit!
Bonus tip: Add a small plastic slide like this one and your kids will love it all that much more.
6. Let them “wash” toy dishes
I’m not sure if it’s just my kids, but they actually seem to enjoy washing dishes as toddlers.
Honestly, I’m guessing it’s just an excuse to play in the water. 😉
Unfortunately, at this age, it can be a little tricky to let them help wash the actual dishes.
That’s where kids’ toy dishes come in. Fill up a small bucket with water and a tiny bit of soap (because bubbles make it so much more fun!).
Then let ’em go to town!
An alternative is to let them “bathe” their toys. My girls absolutely love giving their safari animals a bath, as you can see in this photo.
7. Send handwritten letters
What’s more fun than getting a handwritten note in the mail?!
The best part about this activity is that you don’t need anything more than a sheet of paper and some crayons.
Younger ones can draw, and older kids can write personalized notes to friends and family.
Then all you need to do is pop them in an envelope and send them on their way!
8. Practice kids’ yoga
Put kids’ yoga videos going for them and encourage them to follow along.
It’s quick and easy — and free if you use YouTube.
(Hint: Cosmic Kids Yoga is a popular choice in our house!)
9. Put on a play
Of course, you’ll want to record it to watch again later!
10. Play “I spy with my little eye…”
This is a popular game in our house right now.
It essentially consists of one person describing the color of an object — or patterns, shapes, etc. — and everyone else tries to guess what it is.
“I spy with my little eye something that is pink.”
Super simple, but it’s a fun learning activity for toddlers and preschoolers!
11. Get the whole family outside
The final item on this list of awesome things to do with toddlers at home when bored: Go outdoors!
If it’s nice enough to go outside, try out these fun family-friendly outdoor activities.
Want more awesome things to do at home with toddlers when bored? Click here or use the form below to grab your copy of the FREE Stay at Home Bucket List for Kids. (It has more than 100 activity ideas!)