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10 quiet things you can buy for your toddler to do:
- Melissa & Doug Deluxe 10-Piece Magnetic Fishing Game
- Melissa & Doug Lace and Trace Pets
- Melissa & Doug Paint with Water
- Play-Doh: Rollers and Cutters
- Kid O A to Z Magnatab
- ALEX® Toys – Early Learning String & Beep
- Chubby Finger Crayons For Kids
- Kidoozie Six Pin Bowling Set
- Trumpette Howdy Bouncy Rubber Cow
- Giant Sticker Activity First Words
10 activities that use things you already have in your house:
- Dump your tupperware out on the floor and have them try to match the lids with the containers
- Colander + pipe cleaners
- Set out a few cups and bowls with a sponge or two. Add some water and show your toddler how he/she can transfer water by soaking it up with the sponge and squeezing it out.
- Put soapy water into a large tub and let your toddler use a whisk to stir and make bubbles
- Put cornstarch into a bowl and add water until you have a runny paste. Add some spoons in different sizes. Don’t worry about the mess – cornstarch dries fast and can be easily brushed off/vacuumed up.
- Make Jello shapes and let your kid squish them up (non-staining colors are a plus here!)
- Dish soap foam
- Let them use a whole stack of mini post-its to decorate a wall. Or you.
- Strip them, put some lotion into a small bowl, and stir some glitter into it. They’ll be excited to sparkle themselves.
- Hide 5-10 stuffed animals and have your toddler find them.
10 activities that are really chores in disguise:
- Give your toddler a bin with warm soapy water and have them wash their plastic toys with a small sponge.
- Pair loose socks.
- Make a square of tape on the kitchen floor and scatter some dry pasta around. Have your toddler practice sweeping the pasta into the square.
- Set out three kinds of toys and three baskets and have your toddler sort the toys according to type (blocks, dolls, cars, etc.).
- Let them set the table by putting paper plates, napkins, and plasticware at each chair.
- Give them a lint roller and let them run it over the furniture. You can sprinkle sequins around to make it more fun!
- Dust some silverware with flour and let your toddler use a damp cloth to clean them up.
- Let your toddler use a handheld strainer to sprinkle baking soda around the carpet to freshen it before you vacuum.
- Sort laundry into whites and colors before you put it in the washer. See how much your toddler can do without your help.
- Use Ivory soap to draw on any mirror or window and then let them wash their drawings off with warm water and a sponge.
10 activities that teach life skills:
- Pull out a sweater with large buttons/buttonholes and challenge them to fasten it up.
- Slice a banana with a small spreader. You can also try hard boiled eggs, canned pears, and slices of cheese.
- Tuck a favorite doll or stuffed animal after making the bed.
- Make open faced sandwiches by providing slices of bread and bowls of toppings. We usually do cream cheese, sliced fruits, raisins, sprinkles, etc.
- Practice pouring liquids from a pitcher (or an old juice container) into cups.
- Use tongs to move puff balls from one basket to another.
- Sort playing cards by color. Extra points if they can do it by suit.
- Fold washcloths or napkins into quarters.
- Make treats by dipping fruit into yogurt and then something crunchy like cereal or granola.
- Spritz house plants with a water bottle.
10 activities for you and your toddler to do together:
- Tape a line on the carpet with masking tape. Practice jumping over it and walking on it as though it’s a tightrope.
- Dance party!
- Salt dough animals
- Look for and cut out letters from magazines. Tape them in a notebook, making a page for each letter. Numbers or colors too!
- Make pizza for dinner and let them do all the toppings, sauce included!
- Dress them up in your clothes. Let them pick out an outfit for you.
- Add water, oil, glitter, and food coloring to a glass jar and close it up. Shake!
- Follow a yoga DVD together.
- Read. Read read read read read.