6 Games and activities to help entertain toddlers at home

  • Date: 08 February 2018
  • Category: General
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Toddlers love to explore the world around them using all their senses. 

  1. Sink or float science activity

What you need:

  • A tub for holding water.
  • Water
  • Various items such as plastic toys, cutlery, sticks, foams. You want an assortment of items that can sink or float.
  • Outside play area

What to do:
Place your toddler’s tub of water outside. Give them the objects one at a time and ask if they think it will sink or float. Watch as they have fun experimenting with the different items and learning about how weight works differently in water.

  1. Toilet roll building blocks

What you need:

  • Cardboard toilet rolls
  • Stickers, markers or pieces of coloured paper and glue

What to do:
Get your toddler to help decorate your toilet rolls with any of the items you have on hand. Once the glue or paint has dried on the rolls, they can use them to stack into shapes. They will have fun creating buildings or high sculptures that they can knock down and rebuild over and over again.

  1. Tissue paper sensory activity

What you need:

  • Patterned and coloured tissue paper

What to do:
Separate sheets of tissue paper and give them to your toddler to explore with. They will enjoy swishing, kicking, ripping and playing with them. Tissue paper makes fun scrunching noises and toddlers love to rip things up and play with colourful patterns. Old newspaper can work for this activity as well.

  1. Finger painting

What you need:

  • Non-toxic paints
  • Plain paper or canvas

What to do:
On a play space outside, or an inside area that has been covered in the newspaper put the canvas and paints in front of your child. Show them how to spread the paint on with their fingers and watch as they create their own masterpiece.

  1. Pom pom scooping

What you need:

  • Small coloured pom poms
  • Different sized scoops such as spoons or measuring cups with handles
  • Large bowl
  • Small bowls or ice cube tray

What to do:
Place the poms poms into the large bowl and let your child experiment scooping them into the bowls or ice cube tray. Prompt them by asking them to sort by colour or size. They will love touching the soft pom poms and looking at the colours and textures. The small parts can be a choking hazard for younger children to make sure they’re supervised during this activity.

  1. Sensory bin

What you need:

  • A plastic tub
  • Two bowls
  • Small plastic toys
  • Bag of oats
  • Bag of salt
  • Measuring cups
  • Sieve

What to do:
Go outside for this sensory experience, in an area where you can easily sweep or clean. Give your toddler the oats and salt in two separate bowls, and plastic toys in the tub. Watch as they experiment mixing the materials inside the tub, using the measuring cups and sieve to sort them and pour them. They’ll have fun moving their hands through the different textures and playing with their toys. You can use any material you like for this, but edible ingredients work well in case the little one gets some in their mouth!

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