50+ Easy Toddler Activities

AHEAD: 50+ Fun and easy no- and low-prep toddler activities! If you are looking for the best and easiest ways to entertain your toddler you have come to the right place. Check out these super simple to set up and clean up toddler activities that they will love!

easy toddler activities

Keeping a Toddler Busy is HARD Work!

First off, we all know how hard it is to keep a toddler busy. Why? Because they have the attention span of a fruit fly moreover they are just as busy. If your toddler is anything like my twin toddlers (!!) you know that your day will go by much smoother if they are occupied.

Above all, toddlers love staying active. In addition to that they also need repetition so remember an activity that they love and do it again and again in a week or two. For instance, you can try changing it up slightly by adding a new challenge or doing the same type of activity with a different toy. As a result, the time they spend doing the activity will be longer and it will also help to solidify the learning!

Before we get to the amazing activity ideas check out this amazing post HOW TO START DOING ACTIVITIES WITH YOUR KIDS. I provide a detailed list of all the supplies you need to get started doing activities with your kids as well as answer common questions form parents about doing activities such as:

How do I get my child to play independently with an activity longer?

How do I contain the mess with sensory bins?

Do you have any suggestions for excited kids who end up knocking/dumping/splashing/throwing the sensory bin contents all the time?

What do I do if my child is uncooperative and just wants to destroy the activities I set up for her?

What do I do if my child doesn’t want to get their hands dirty?

Easy Toddler Activities

  1. Book Drop: An Easy Toddler Activity (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  2. Aluminum Foil Surprise: A Fun Toddler Activity (Happily Ever Mom)
  3. Pick A Colour: Fine Motor Game for One-Year-Olds (Days With Grey)
  4. Colourful Pom Pom Wall (Toddler Approved)
  5. Clean the Dishes (Twin Mom Refreshed)
  6. Duplo Color Matching Activity for Toddlers (Happy Tot Shelf)
  7. Toddler Scooping Activity with Garbanzo Beans (Busy Toddler)
  8. Icy Grab: A Fun and Easy Toddler Activity (Happily Ever Mom)
  9. Toddler Tape Roads: A Low-Prep Toddler Activity (Days With Grey)
  10. Pete the Cat Button Drop (Toddler Approved)
  11. Wooden Block Match (Toddler At Play)
  12. Sidewalk Paining with Water (Mama.Papa.Bubba)
  13. Hammering Golf Tees (Hands As We Grow)
  14. Pouring Station Activity for Toddlers (Busy Toddler)
  15. Green Pea Sensory Bag (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  16. Feed the Fish Colour Sort (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  17. DIY ABC Puzzle (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  18. Free the Musical Instruments (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  19. Feed the Animals (Little Ones Learn)

More Toddler Activities

  1. Painting with Water & Cotton Balls (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  2. Feed the Caterpillars (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  3. Magnetic Tile Colour Sorting Boxes (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  4. Pom Pom Colour Construction Site (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  5. Pouch Cap Drop (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  6. UNO Playing Card Colour Sort (Little Ones Learn)

7. Dot Sticker Hide & Seek (Happy Toddler Playtime)

DOT STICKER HIDE & SEEK a fun & easy toddler activity

8. Spaghetti Drop (Happy Toddler Playtime)

easy toddler activities

9. Pom Pom Whisks (7 Days of Play)

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✨ POM POM WHISKS // Pom pom filled whisks make for a perfect hand strengthening activity! 🤗 I filled three varying sized whisks with small, medium, and large pom poms, and then positioned them so they stood up vertically. 👌 Baby girl enjoyed the challenge of picking them out while I spoke to her about the size and color of each. 🙌 Swipe 👉 to see more of the set up, and read on below 👇 for the simple how-to. Any questions at all? Drop them in the comment section below? – ⚠️ Caution: Pom poms are choking hazards. Adult Supervision Required. ⚠️ – WHAT YOU’LL NEED • Whisk(s) • Pom Poms • Piece of recycled cardboard or styrofoam • Tape – (1) Fill your whisk with pom poms, or combine several whisks to include the small, medium, and large component of this activity! (2) Poke the whisk through a piece of cardboard or styrofoam, using a sharp knife if cut out a hole if necessary. Using cardboard is best, as some styrofoam can break apart leaving a mess of small bits! (That happened to us!) (3) Secure the whisk with tape on top and the bottom. – #finemotorskills #toddlerplay #toddlerplayideas #playideasfortoddlers #finemotor #learningthroughplay #earlylearning #playbasedlearning #montessori #finemotoractivities #earlychildhoodeducation #earlyyears #earlyeducation #kidsactivities #homeschool #occupationaltherapy #learnthroughplay #playtolearn #eyfs #handsonlearning #toddlerlife #preschoolactivities #playideas #toddleractivities #invitationtoplay playathome #montessoriathome #toddlerlife #montessoritoddler #toddlerfun

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DIY Flip Book for Toddlers (Happy Toddler Playtime)

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2-ingredient Taste-Safe Finger Paint Recipe (Happy Toddler Playtime)

Formula Tin and Straws (A Crafty Living)

Drop Anything Sensory Bin: The Activity you set up when you just need a minute (Happy Toddler Playtime)

Tubes and Caps: A Quick Toddler Activity (Happy Toddler Playtime)

Rainbow Roads (Microwaved_ Coffee)

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RAINBOW ROADS 🌈🚗⁣ ⁣ 🚨Not everything you see online is perfect glitter and rainbows. In fact this activity started out a complete and total sh** show. ⁣🚨 ⁣ Ellie is trying to stick her finger in a electrical outlet every time I turn around. 😠⁣ ⁣ Then she’s trying to knock over a lamp. I eventually remove the lamp. 😑⁣ ⁣ I set out markers for them to color while I set up their activity. Then they are now fighting over the markers. 😤⁣ ⁣ Ben is screaming for more snacks even though he just ate an entire breakfast and had snack 🤬⁣ ⁣ I turn around and now they have dumped all the toys out. (I really think they like torturing me) 🤦🏼‍♀️⁣ ⁣ I finally finished drawing the roads only for Ben to rip it up soon as I start to tape it to the ground.. My head literally exploded 🤯🤬⁣ ⁣ I want to thank my husband for coming and saving the day and letting me go work out for 20 minutes to cool off. ⁣ ⁣ I came back to find the playroom clean and the kids playing together and no fighting 🙌🏻⁣ ⁣ Our days right now are long and hard. We all need a break. We are all struggling so don’t be fooled by social media ❤️⁣ ⁣ After I cooled down we tried again. Ben actually did enjoy the rainbow roads that I taped back together 🎉⁣ ⁣ Join me this week as I am the guest host for #craftytransportation ⁣ ⁣ #craftytransportation is all about TRANSPORTATION themed CRAFTS & PLAY! 🚉🚛✈️ Want to play along with your little vehicle lover⁉️⁉️⁣ ⁣ ••••⁣ ⁣ ☑️ Follow along with and TAG @craftymothering and @microwaved_coffee⁣ ☑️ ADD #craftytransportation to your post involving THINGS THAT GO! 🚃🚘🛵🛰🛬🚑⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ❤️ I love seeing your activities! Don’t forget to tag me! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 🌟 Save this idea for later! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 🌈 Follow me on Instagram, Pinterest & Facebook @microwaved_coffee⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ 👋🏻 Send to a friend that would enjoy this one! ⁣ #quarantineactivities #stuckathome #rainbowactivity #caractivities #cardboardcrafts #diycrafts #diy #nervousbreakdown #strugglebus #stressedout #sahmproblems #toddlertantrums #learningcolors #learningthroughplay #toddleractivities #toddleractivitiesathome #rainydayactivities

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Magnetic Tile Shape Match (Happy Toddler Playtime)

Shape Discovery Bags (Little Ones Learn)

More Easy Toddler Activities

Are you convinced yet that entertaining your toddler at home doesn’t need to be complex or difficult. The best activities that I have tried with my twin toddlers are in fact the easiest to set up! Here are more easy to set up Toddler activities!

Post-it Push (Happy Toddler Playtime)

Create an Aquarium (Happy Toddler Playtime)

Peek-a-Boo Puzzle (Happy Toddler Playtime)

Rolling Pin Art (A Crafty Living)

Alphabet Drop Fine Motor Toddler Activity (Happy Toddler Playtime)

ABC Stacks (Happy Toddler Playtime)

Paper Plate Sort (Little Ones Learn)

Pom Pom Water Transfer (Happy Toddler Playtime)

Magnetic Fridge Letter Alphabet Match (Happy Toddler Playtime)

Rescue the Sea Creatures (Happy Toddler Playtime)

Simple Toy Transfer Activity (A Crafty Living)

Wine Cork Drop: A Fine Motor Toddler Activity (Happy Toddler Playtime)

easy toddler activities

Cardboard Box Wash & Paint (Happy Toddler Playtime for Toddler Approved)

easy toddler activities

Vegetable Soup Bath (Happy Toddler Playtime)

easy toddler activities

Free the Zoo Animals (Happy Toddler Playtime)

easy toddler activities

Stuck at home and still need more quick ideas? I have you covered! I have tons of roundups of toddler and preschooler activities and crafts. Find them all here.

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