While there is no daycare during these weeks, we are spending a lot of time at home with our children. Keeping them entertained can be challenging at the best of times, especially when you have small kids. In case your inspiration is running low to keep toddlers busy, happy and active, check out these top tips for indoor activities.
Since the lockdown started, I have been searching for new ideas and creating indoor activities to keep my toddler engaged, all of which use materials that you can easily find at home. Here is a top 10 list of activities that my child (aged 2 years) enjoyed the most. I am sure your kids will love them too!
Easy activities to do with toddlers and preschool kids
1. Sorting Colours
First you need to choose three colours that you want to practice with your kid (I chose yellow, orange and blue).
• Small random objects of three different colors (legos, numbers, food, magnets… anything is ok)
• Three containers (bowls, cups, plates…)
• Three pieces of card or coloured paper (I used file folders instead)
Your kid will have to sort the objects by colorus. You can change the colours and objects every week to make it more exciting.
2. Nail Salon
• Cardboard where you will draw the silhouette of your hand and nails
• Old nail polish
Your kid will have a blast painting nails and decorating them with stickers, glitter, etc.
3. Poker Night
• Old poker set (or any other game with chips, like Connect Four)
• Kitchen paper roll
You have to stick the paper roll with some tape, then your kid can drop the chips inside over and over.
4. Number Worm
• White card and paper/card in different colours
• Black pen
Draw a worm and write numbers from 1 to 5. Cut some circles and write numbers on them. Your kid will have to match numbers
5. Paper Dolls
• Kitchen paper roll
• Kitchen paper roll holder
Draw a big doll on the kitchen paper roll and let your kid colour it in. Cut it in different pieces (legs, body and head). Your kid then needs to build the doll inserting the pieces in the correct order.
6. Yummy Recipes
We have cooked many different desserts these weeks: cakes, muffins, cookies… But we especially enjoyed making this super yummy and easy recipe: Torrijas.
You can make them with very basic ingredients (milk, bread, eggs…) and small kids can be involved in the cooking process (except for the frying part). For the full recipe, go here.
7. Crazy Buttons
Stick vertical some spaghetti in Play-Doh and give your child different buttons. He will have to pass the buttons through the spaghetti. This exercise is perfect for developing fine motor skills.
8. Car Ramp
• Cardboard box
• Toy cars
Cut a big piece of cardboard and paint a road. Support the cardboard on a high surface such a step or other large box. Now your kid can play throwing the cars down the ramp
9. Matching Numbers
• Big paper sheet
• Set of numbers (if you don’t have one you can make it with cardboard)
Draw the silhouette of numbers from 0 to 9. Make your kid match silhouettes and numbers, afterwards he can also colour the silhouettes with the colour of the different numbers. This exercise is great to help your kid with their counting skills.
10. Bowling Game
• Empty plastic bottles (six or eight bottles will be good)
• A ball
Position the bottles and get your kid to roll the ball to see how many he can knock down. You can also decorate the bottles and fill them with some stones to make them heavier (and more difficult to knock them down).