There are lots of posts like this out there, and I'm no expert, but I thought I would share some simple activities that I have found useful to help me get through the day and week without going too crazy! If we do one or two of these a day I feel like we've had a good day!
Some of these are fun little activities to do at home and some are things you can do away from home, because let's face it...it's nice to get out of the house every now and then!
Activity OnePlay dough! I found this great play dough recipe on pinterest after a friend pointed me in the right direction. I had never made play dough before, but this was so easy and is so soft that I don't think I will use any other recipe. I don't have any good pictures to show you so I am just going to borrow one from the lady on pinterest and you can go straight there and get the recipe from her! :) (recipe here)
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Activity twoPainting. I have blogged about this before, but it is something that Miss E loves doing. The recipe is super easy (click here for recipe) and perfect for when they "accidentally" get some in their mouth. I find it's best to do this outside, but I know some people who set their toddler up in the high chair and cover the tray with newspaper and let them go nuts with it. Whatever you can handle I say!
Activity threePainting with water. If you can't hand the messy paint then this one is PERFECT! We do this far more often than real painting and Miss E doesn't even seem to know the difference.
Grab a brush and a bowl of water and let them get to work. E likes to "paint" the outdoor table (this works well because the water shows up on the wooden furniture) but she has also "painted" the fence and the concrete before.
When she is finished she thinks it's fun to drink the rest of the water out of the bowl...
Activity fourWater based play. This one is simple but be prepared for things to get a bit wet.
Fill a tub with some water and bubbles and throw in some toys and sponges and let them get wet! Some bottles or containers to pour water into are always extra fun so make sure you have some of those handy.
As they get a bit older you can show them how to clean with the cloth. Put a few cars in the water and do a "car wash". They will LOVE it!
Activity fiveNature collage. We really enjoyed this one and as she gets older I think she will enjoy it more.
Take a walk around your home or at the park and collect "bits of nature" for your collage. It's okay if they choose things that won't stick to the paper, you can talk to them about that as you do the collage.
We used PVA glue and regular computer paper.
Now the collage hangs nicely on the fridge and Miss E walks past every now and then and pulls somethings off!
Activity sixGluing and shapes learning activity. You could really do anything using the same concept but since Miss E is still quite young I thought I would just start with shapes. But be adventurous! Plan something based around anything your toddler is in to.
Just plain old crepe paper, glue and computer paper. I drew a few shapes, scrunched up the crepe paper into balls and let E stick them on to the shape (which I had already put glue on). She was a bit more interested in the glue than sticking things to it, but she got the idea eventually.
The older they get, the more helpful they will be too. This one is great for fine motor skills.
Activity sevenDancing! Turn the music on and just dance! It's great when a toddler doesn't know that you are a lousy dancer! Have some fun together and enjoy being silly.
Activity eightVisit the park. Sometimes it's nice just to be outside.
It's also a great way to meet other people and for your toddler to play with other kids (if they don't get to do that very often).
Activity nineGo to the library. We don't do this as often as we should, but it is always fun when we go. The library we go to has a little play area (which is what we usually do). We often sit and read a few books on the nice comfy cushions, but it's probably about time that we actually borrowed some to bring home!
Activity tenGo outside! Sometimes the best activity can simply be spending some time together outside. Go for a walk, weed the garden, play in the dirt, ride bikes...
Nothing gets rid of the crazies like some good old sunshine!