50+ Toddler Activities for the Busy Toddler in Your Life

From age 1-3, children do an amazing amount of growing, developing, and exploring. My little guy (Mr. Tickles, age 1.5) is such a bundle of…


From age 1-3, children do an amazing amount of growing, developing, and exploring. My little guy (Mr. Tickles, age 1.5) is such a bundle of energy. He is so excited about life that he never wastes a minute of his day sitting still. If you care for a toddler I am sure you can relate. That is why I created the following resource, a go-to list of toddler activities to keep your busy toddler entertained. The following ideas include sensory play, no mess art ideas, crafts, and learn through play activities.

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This post was inspired by all the wonderful posts shared at last weeks Love to Learn Linky. All features this week are listed at the top of each category. Thank you so much for sharing your great ideas!


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Ideas for Creating

Easy Nature Craft  by A Little Pinch of Perfect
Stained Glass Paper Plate Craft by A Little Pinch of Perfect
Placemats made with leaves by Such a Mama
DIY Rocket for Toddlers by the Practical Mom
Tot School Ideas: Leaf activities and crafts for toddlers and preschoolers by Super Mommy Club
Toddler Experiments with Paint: Shaving Cream by the Practical Mom
Tissue Paper Sensory Art by Left Brain Craft Brain
Easy Toddler Name Art Learn with Play at Home
Easy art project for kids : Just Add Water Art by Blog Me Mom
LEGO Car Ramp Painting by Toddler Approved
Painting with Water by Hands on As we Grow
Toddler Crafts: Decorating Cherry Play Clay Hearts by Buggy and Buddy
Simple Heart Craft for Toddlers by No Time for Flash Cards
Easy Dinosaur Craft for Toddlers by Fantastic Fun and Learning
Toddler Button Craft by Feels Like Home
Fire and Fire Trucks for Toddlers by Craftulate
The Night Sky: Toddler & Preschooler Craft by My Dearest and Nearest
Baby/Toddler Colored Rice Art by Fun at Home With Kids
Toddler Art: Glue Dots and Buttons by Tinkerlab
Cotton Pad Art for Toddlers y Happy Hooligans
Painted Nature Collage by Twodaloo
Sponge Painting with toddlers and twos by Teach Preschool
Toddler Art: Foil & Tissue Paper Collage by Childhood 101
Making Collage Art with Toddlers and Kids by Buggy and Buddy


Ideas for Learning

Shopping for Letters Game by A Little Pinch of Perfect
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Toddler Game by A Little Pinch of Perfect
Rainbow Rice I-Spy by You Clever Monkey
Play Dough Mats for Toddlers: The Human Body
Motor Skills Preposition Game by Totschooling
Frozen Color Mixing: Abstract Art Activity with a Science Splash by Mini Monets and Mommies
Cardboard Box Bus Craft & Number Game for Kids by Toddler Approved
Toddler Color Hop by Learn Play Imagine
Tangram Shape Puzzles for Toddlers by Totschooling
20 Ways to Learn with Felt for Toddlers by Powerful Mothering
Matching Animal Halves Printable Activity by Totschooling
7 Toddler Learning Activities With Mega Bloks by Mom Inspired Life
Pouring Water for Toddlers by Hands on As We Grow
Montessori Toddler Colour Activities! by Racheous Lovable Learning
Toddler Color Mixing Lab by Learn Play Imagine
ABC Games for Toddlers by Dirt & Boogers


Ideas for Play

Edible Water Beads Sensory Play by A Little Pinch of Perfect
5 Easy Bottle Cap Busy Bags For Tiny Tots by Best Toys 4 Toddlers
Pretend Baking for Toddlers Multicraftingmummy
Super Simple Brown Paper Sensory Activity by Something 2 Offer
Cardboard Cubby House by The Way He Plays
Make Your Own Felt Dinosaurs by Living Life and Learning
Pop The Bubbles with Bubble Wrap by Mosswood Connections
Ice Cream Shop Sensory Play by One Time Through
Upcycled Musical Instruments by Left Brain Craft Brain
15 Ways to Play with Cornflour by Fun At Home With Kids
Polar Peas Pop Sensory Bag by A Little Pinch of Perfect
Cool Whip Sensory Activities  by Fun-A-Day
Making Bubbles and Playing with Them  by Hands On As We Grow
Pom Pom Turn Taking Game by One Time Through
11 of the Very Best Sensory Activities by Kids Activities Blog
35 Pompom Activities Toddlers Love by The Pleasantest Thing
15 Taste Safe Toddler Sensory Play Ideas by Lemon Lime Adventures


Thanks so much for checking out the ideas we gathered. I would love to hear what other things you enjoy doing with your toddler. If you found our list inspirational, don’t forget to share it with your friends so they can enjoy too! 🙂
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  1. These look like great activities! Pinning for future reference. I have a very active almost 1-year-old, so as she gets to be a toddler very soon I am sure a lot of these activities will come in handy. Thanks for sharing, stopping by from Mommy Monday Blog hop!

    1. Hi Bev, How fun to have an almost 1-year old, I miss that age! Thanks for the sweet comment and the pin!

  2. so many great ideas and activities for learning and fun 🙂 Thanks for sharing this great round up of toddler games and activities!

    1. Thanks so much for the comment and for stopping by from 2crochethooks.com!

  3. What an incredible list of resources you have provided! I have teenagers now, but this brings back memories of when they were much younger and when I was a preschool teacher. Thanks so much for linking up with us at the #SHINEbloghop.

    1. Hi Heather, thanks so much for visiting from the #SHINEbloghop! I wish I could freeze time so my kids would stay this age for awhile longer. With the way time flies by, I know any day now I will have teenagers too 🙂

  4. This post is a great resource for toddler activities! I'm going to bookmark it so I can pick an activity every time I see my kids getting bored.

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