Indoor Activities for Toddlers!
With the temperatures dropping and the flu season kicking in, it means less outdoor time and it confides us to keep our little ones indoors. And keeping them entertained throughout the day soon proves to be a challenge in itself. You’ve sung and danced on all the action songs, played with every toy in the room, read and re-read their favourite book and yet you have all day to go. These are a few activities that can easily be done using things you have at home without having to break the bank.
Filling cupcake/cake pop liners-
Give them a jar of dried beans and ask them to fill each liner with the beans to the brim. You can use silicone cake pop moulds too. If you are worried about the mess, don’t worry, use their help to fill it up in the jar again. You will be surprised at how long this can keep them occupied. Once they get a hang of this, introduce a second variety of beans and let them alternate the rows with either colour. Gradually increase the types of beans.
Colour sorting their toys.-
This is quite a fun way to introduce the kids to colours. Start with the basic colours Red, Blue, Yellow and Green. And encourage them to make piles of different colours. You start and they will get the hang of it and follow. By 2 years old they should already be able to identify their toys and objects in their surroundings. So you can help them identify the colours by adding the colour element while addressing the object…’The Red Car’, ‘The Yellow Ball’, ‘The Blue Sky’ and so on and so forth. You can do this during breakfast as well while teaching them the names of the fruits along with the colours…’The Red Apple’, ‘The Yellow Banana’, ‘The Green Grapes’.
drawing on old packaging boxes-
Let’s all agree that packaging boxes or cartons better than the walls right? Lay the boxes open on the floor or build a fort and let them colour all they want.
inserting earbuds in a colander-
Give them a bunch of earbuds or straws and invert a colander in front of them. You take the lead and they will follow. This helps in developing their motor skills. And again keeps them occupied for quite a while.
Opening and closing bottles or jars-
This is another activity which needs little interference from you. Give them an old disposable water bottle or jar and let them open and close it. Once they get a hang of it, get a bottle for them that they can use on a daily basis with a similar opening and closing mechanism so that’s an activity done and a way to make sure they stay hydrated.
Painting with homemade colours-
This is one has been around for a while and sure it gets messy but it can be a lot of fun for the kids. I prefer to do this one just before bath time, it avoids us the effort to wash them down twice. (Anything to ease our work, right?) What you will need for this are cornstarch, water and food colouring. It’s non-toxic and perfect for your little ones to paint the town red.
This is also the perfect age to introduce them to chores and self-care. So start off by simple tasks like brushing their teeth and combing their hair to chores like watering the plants, helping you load the laundry and putting their toys in place. This is the age they are discovering that they can do tasks independently and our role as a parent is to encourage that. And when they do complete it be ready to throw is a whole lot of yays and great jobs and hi-fives their way.
What are the activities that keep your little ones occupied? Let me know and I’ll give it a go.