Little ones have so much energy! As a parent, you can choose to let that energy go to waste, or you can put it to good use by creating intentional play time. Here are some great ideas that will entertain your toddler’s hands and mind!
Give Common Items New Purpose
Everyday household items can be the most fun adventure ever for a child. Try to see the things you own through their eyes and come up with some creative play ideas! Kitchen items like pots and spoons can be used to create music. Old makeup brushes can be used as paint brushes. Ingredients from the kitchen can be turned into slime or playdough. Not only will you have a blast re-purposing these things, but your child will also learn to make the most out of what they have.
Imagination is Key
Playing pretend games is a favorite past-time for a reason! These games encourage creativity in little ones because they’re constantly thinking up new scenarios. Help your little one with imaginative play by giving them old clothes and hats, old cooking utensils, boxes and art supplies. You can prompt imaginative play by reading a favorite book and having your child come up with their own addition to the story. Then join in the fun and take on whatever role your child’s mind comes up with!
Arts and Crafts
Creating something is a great way to keep a tot busy. Whether you choose to mold, paint, draw or build, a project is sure to spark inspiration. Keep arts and craft time simple for young ones by choosing age appropriate activities such as molding clay, finger painting, coloring with large crayons or making a collage. You can also create your own fort and a special snack to go along with it!
Sensory play opens your child up to new experiences. You can use textures like soft fabric, rough thread, fuzzy socks and smooth plastic to stimulate your child’s senses. You can also use things like sand, rice, beans or any other item they can sift through their hands. Some children prefer to have water be a part of sensory play. I like to use all of the above, with plenty of measuring cups and sandbox toys to encourage play.
Creating fun activities for your child doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Quality time is the best part about these fun things! What are your favorite activities to do with your child?