Here are 20 fun and simple activities for toddlers that will keep them engaged and busy with sensory, fine motor, problem solving and curiosity!
If you, like me, have a busy 2 year old in your home or work setting, you’ll already know how much they like to get their hands into everything, investigating how things work, what you can do with them, what something feels like and how much mess and noise they can create! This is the absolute bursting point of discovery and their development is so rapid at this stage of their busy little lives. They need to find out about the world as much as possible by doing, moving and handling, and they need to do that by trying it for themselves.
Aside from the usual (and very necessary) trips to the park, supermarket, play ground and other day to day activities in the home and out and about in the neighbourhood, this collection of 20 activities have all been tried and tested with my 3 children and proven to be easy to set up, engaging for them to test out and great for those busy little hands and brains!
Enjoy now or pin your favourites for later (by clicking through to the individual post then pressing Pin It):
Make a nursery rhyme themed sensory or water play tub. Sing along together!
Try painting with Jello finger-paints. (They smell amazing!)
Drop pom poms through a tube and shoot them out again. Guaranteed to produce heaps of giggles!
Make our best ever no-cook play dough recipe and use it to make birthday cake, roll out snakes, push in twigs and buttons etc and explore!
Want some more ideas? Here are 20 fun ways to introduce colours to preschoolers:
And here is our full Toddler Play archive for more browsing when you have some time! There are literally dozens and dozens of ideas, so I was only able to select a few for this collection.
I hope these are helpful! Let me know which are your favourites if you try any.