Keep toddlers entertained with this list of 20 mess-free Toddler Activities they can do at home. All these activities will keep a toddler busy and use items you probably already have at home!
Super Easy Toddler Activities
Keeping a toddler entertained can be an extremely difficult task. And you can try buying tons of fancy toys but those won’t keep them busy anymore than an empty box would.
It can be quite a task to keep them busy and sometimes… ain’t body got time for that!
As a work from home mom, it became essential for me to find acititives for toddlers to do at home so that mama could get a little work done.
Even if you’re not a work from home mom, there might be moments where you just need to keep those little cuties busy. For your own sanity! You know, so you can cook dinner, do some laundry or even just use the toilet without them bugging you (keep dreaming!).
This list of easy activities for 2-year olds it just what every mother of a toddler needs!
The majority of supplies you need can be found around your house. But if you don’t have a particular item, don’t worry! I’ll provide you with a link where you can buy whatever you need so you can have it shipped right to your door.
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Supplies Needed For Toddler Activities
Most items you’ll be able to find at home, but it’s always good to be prepared! I highly recommend getting yourself a Craft Kit. It’s like a one-stop-shop for all your toddler crafting needs at a super affordable price.
Here are some more items it would be beneficial to have around to be able to whip up an activity at the last minute.
Toddler Activity Supplies:
As far as household items, it’s always good to make sure you have white rice, saran wrap, plastic zip-lock baggies, pipe cleaners. You do a lot with these basic items!
Fun and Easy Toddler Activities For Home
Get ready to enjoy some free time! (Even if it is only for a few minutes). These fun activities are sure token your toddler entrained and even help their sensory and motor skills. If you are looking for ways to keep toddlers busy… this is for you!
Toddler Painting Activities
- Painting in a bag. Have a toddler who loves using paints but you’re getting sick of the mess? Try painting in a bag! You can use it to make a muddy truck mess like this tutorial. Or even just mix some colors in the bag and let your child make their own squish painting.
- Paint with water and cotton balls. Here’s another painting project that won’t make a mess! Use cotton balls to ‘paint’ water on construction paper. Even if they make a mess, it’ll eventually dry.
- Shake paint in a jar. Use an old plastic jar (peanut butter works great) and add a few glops of paint to the bottom. Add a few dried beans. Add some card stock. Shake it up and your toddler just made a masterpiece!
Toddler Play-Doh Activities
- Make Play-Doh Bug Fossils. roll out some play-doh and have your child take small plastic bugs (or any animal!) and press them into the play-doh to make their own fossils.
- Small animal dig. Instead of them making fossils, you can bury small dinosaurs int he play-doh and have your toddler dig them out with small tools.
- Play-Doh creation station. You can create a creation station with several objects to push or smash into play-doh.
- Make Play-Doh face. Use a clear glass or plastic bowl upside down and have your child create their own funny faces out of the play-doh. The nice thing is they can do this over and over as many times as they want!
- Play-Doh letter recognition. Use plastic letters to have your toddler start learning words or even how to spell their own name.
Activities With Kinetic Sand
- Make a Mr. Potato Head. Use some brown kinetic sand and some Mr. Potato Head parts to put together their own version. They will love the squishiness of the sand versus the hard plastic of the original Mr. Potato Head.
- Practice writing letters and numbers. Use a box of kinetic sand and a small took to write letters and numbers. It’s easy to erase and start over!
- Play at the beach. Use regular brown kinetic sand and some blue sand to create a little beach oasis they can just sit and play at.
- Play with dinosaur eggs. Bury little plastic dinosaurs in easter eggs and have your toddler dig them out and find them! Then have them be the one to bury the dinosaurs.
Other Easy and Fun Activities for 2- Year Olds
- Make a PomPom Tumble Drop. With some simple pompoms and a few empty toilet paper rolls, you can create this fun game that will keep toddlers entertained!
- Color Sorting with Fruit Loops. Have your toddler sort the colors out. then create pictures like rainbows when they are done sorting.
- Pompom Pouring. Use colored pompoms and a plastic tub for some easy pompom sorting.
- Animal Line Up. Use some easy blue painters tape to create lines and have your toddler line up any object of their choice.
- Wooden blocks match. Trace wooden blocks or any object, really. Have your child place the objects in the correct spots.
- Hammering Golf Tees. If you have a toddler who loves to smash things, this is perfect for them!
- Spring flowers. Help your toddlers fine motor skills with this flower arranging project.
- Pompom whisk. This easy project works on fine motor skills and is a great sensory activity.
No-Prep, Mess-Free Ways to Keep Your Toddler Busy
Learning how to keep your toddler busy may seem like an impossible task, but
Do you have any other toddler activities your child loves? Please share in the comments below!