5 Busy Activities for Toddlers

Coming up with new ways (that don’t break the bank!) to keep toddlers busy can be tough sometimes. I’ve been experimenting with a few activities over the last few months and I thought I would share my favorites. 
1. Dot Painting
Walker LOVES this. I have to coach him to be gentle though so he doesn’t make holes in the paper, but this is for sure a big hit. One day I drew “I love Daddy” on a piece of paper and let Walker decorate it to give to him. Also, it’s a great activity for learning colors. I bought our dot paint set at Wal-Mart for around five bucks.
2. Cooking Basket
I went to Dollar Tree and bought several kitchen spoons, cups, etc and also some pom pons. I keep this basket in the kitchen and pull it out when I need Walker to be entertained for a bit. He loves scooping up the pom pons and stacking the cups. This is also a great activity for color sorting. 

3. Gravel Pit
What boy wouldn’t want to run their trucks around on a pile of dried beans? (Or rice or pasta or whatever you have on hand.) Walker enjoyed this and even ate a few beans in the process. Yuck.
*I’ve since been told that dried beans can be toxic so it’s best to stick with rice.

4. Magnetic Letters
I bought these magnetic letters at Dollar Tree and Walker really likes when I pull them out. It’s a great fine motor activity and also great for learning colors and letters. 

5. Pipe Cleaner Fun
I found this activity on Pinterest and Walker really enjoys it. Basically you just turn a strainer upside-down and show your toddler how to put the pipe cleaners through the holes. It’s a great fine motor activity and can also be used for color recognition. Oh and guess where I got the pipe cleaners? Yup. Dollar Tree. 

Do you have any thing to add?
What are you favorite toddler activities?
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  1. Hi Missy, what great activities. I am a quality specialist for child care. I just wanted to give you an FYI. Dried beans can be toxic so you may switch to rice if he is eating them. Have fun and keep posting fun homemade activities :)
  2. -We have a big bin of colored rice (easy to make) and M likes to hide alphabet letters or small toys in there and dig, scoop, etc. I spread a huge beach towel on the floor and it contains the mess!
    -Also do a beach towel (or a few) with a big bowl filled about half full with water. She loves to scoop into different containers, use a funnel, etc. It's very supervised or else she decides to pour it out of the bowl :)
    -We just got some kinetic sand to try..very cool stuff! I'm going to make an indoor sand bin for her to play with.
    -stringing Cheerios on pipe cleaners..good for fine motor!
    -picking up pom poms with tongs
    -cutting a hole in the lid of a coffee can or something similar, sticking pom poms through the hole
    Those are some fun ones i can think of off the top of my head! :)

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