Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas that are the most effective. And that’s definitely what these ideas are! Just like that time your kid was more interested in the box that the toy came, rather than the actual toy; these clever ideas use everyday household things to keep little hands busy.
So next time you’re looking for something quick to get your little ones engaged, you might like to try out one or all of these ideas. I suggest keeping these ideas for when you really need to or keep them on rotation; that way your toddler won’t lose interest too quickly.
WASHI TAPE HOOP TREE
Our DIY baby toy 'Hoop Tree' was the easiest make ever - all it involved was putting curtain rings on a mug tree! But now we've upped our game with this new and improved Hoop Tree... See how we've made it even better (by actually doing something) with this washi-d up version.
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ANIMAL TAPE RESCUE
Try this easy tape rescue activity! A quick and easy toddler activity and a great baby activity to try!
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CARDBOARD CAR RAMPS
Draw lanes on a cardboard box to make a car ramp. Let them race their cars (or other rolly objects) down it.
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POM POM DROP
This pom pom drop activity for toddlers is so simple to set up and is sure to entertain them for a long time. It’s great for helping them develop fine motor skills and an understanding of cause and effect.
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PAINTING WITH WATER
A cup of water, a paintbrush or sponge and some construction paper makes an excellent low prep activity.
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PAINTING WITH ICE CUBES
Painting With Ice – Make Your own Ice Paint
If you’re looking for a fun summer activity that will cool your kids you have to try painting with ice! Make a batch of ice paints for your kids and let them get super creative while keeping cool at the same time.
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A cardboard box with holes poked all over, and pipe cleaners.
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STUFF THE O-BALL
Stuffing the OBall will help you change things up a bit. I promise you the baby will like it and even the older kids will want to explore!
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ELASTIC HAIR TIES AND CARDBOARD TUBE
This is a super simple activity for practicing fine motor skills, using a cardboard tube and elastic hair bands.
TIN FOIL TOYS
This one takes a little prep time before hand, but still is super simple with toys you already have and a common household item.
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Use pasta or cereal with a hole in it and show your toddler how to thread them onto straws.
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CARDBOARD BOX COLOURING
Does it get any easier than this?
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OUTDOOR STICKY MURAL
Contact paper and nature finds for some arty fun.
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Poke holes through the lid with scissors, add various ribbons of different textures and lengths, knot the ends so they wouldn’t slip through.
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DIY FABRIC TUGGING TOY
Great way to upcycle a baby wipes container
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