100 Activity Ideas for Busy Kids & Toddlers

I have two kids that I must keep busy, especially my 3yr old son; so I thought I'd keep a running list of activities & craft ideas for the kids that I can refer to when needed!

I have found a bunch of inspriation from multiple sources on the internet, and I will provide the original links (in red) whenever possible.

See below for a free printable version of this list, or click here to download now!

Check out my Pinterest Boards for lots more ideas!!
  1. letter crafts 
  2. paper plate animals
  3. paper plate aquarium (like this one)
  4. leaf turkey
  5. handprint turkey
  6. leaf people/flower fairies
  7. leaf printing
  8. paper snowflakes
  9. handprint/footprint artwork (check here, here & here for inspiration)
  10. corner bookmarks
  11. toilet paper tube train
  12. toilet paper tube owls
  13. toilet paper tube butterflies
  14. duster name painting
  15. tissue paper butterflies wall canvas
  16. pirate for a day - check out these cool pirate flags
  17. fall button branch
  18. button butterfly canvas
  19. kleenex box monsters
  20. kleenex box monster feet
  21. homemade slime
  22. paper flowers canvas art
  23. imagination/pretend play - store, kitchen, dress-up, puppets/finger plays, mail
  24. build a fairy house
  25. make your own neighborhood playmat (like this one on Etsy)
  26. balloon ping-pong
  27. rock bugs
  28. story stones
  29. DIY shape matching game
  30. color tray
  31. color matching - try out a nature color hunt!
  32. sensory bins (items can include: magnefying glass, pinecones, leaves, dried corn on cob, rocks, small buckets, "bugs", fish nets, seeds, rice, chains, large beads/laces) No Time For Flashcards has terrific ideas!
  33. sound surprises game (for early readers) - The Classroom Kit has great reading & phonics games here
  34. lock & keys (co-ordination/fine motor skills)
  35. make glimmer paint
  36. colored ice castles (using paper cups or buckets)
  37. drawing (house, people, shapes...)
  38. playdoh
  39. puzzles
  40. magnet fun
  41. listen to music/sing
  42. play with musical instruments
  43. walking & exploring around the neighborhood
  44. play game
  45. build a fort - click here for some awesome inspriation or here for instructions to build your own fort kit!
  46. printable worksheets (Homeschool Creations has some great ones)
  47. cardboard box play (make a boat, plane, rocket ship...) - check here & here for inspiration
  48. water table (items can include: water creatures, colored water, bubbles, small rocks, coral, shells, cups, funnels, water wheel, sponges...
  49. building with lego (use these lego construction cards for inspiration or make your own)
  50. make paper airplanes
  51. building with large foam blocks
  52. treasure ice block
  53. scavenger hunt (can use pictures for younger kids)
  54. hammering golf tees into styrofoam
  55. beachcombing (collect items to put in jar at home)
  56. make seasonal crafts
  57. paper bag puppets
  58. rent a movie
  59. go to the theatre
  60. ice skating
  61. swimming
  62. gymnastics/gym time
  63. bowling
  64. visit the SPCA
  65. make glittery playdoh
  66. bake
  67. have a picnic (inside or out!)
  68. have a tea party
  69. visit friends/family
  70. plant a veggie garden/flowers
  71. lemonade stand
  72. library
  73. camp in livingroom/backyard
  74. wash the car or outside toys
  75. sidewalk chalk/paint
  76. make sidewalk chalk roads for toy cars
  77. make face masks
  78. catch bugs
  79. paint with vegetables & fruit (brocolli, celery, apples...)
  80. make pinwheels
  81. make a play garden for kids (don't forget the bug habitat!)
  82. create friendship bracelet kit
  83. DIY birdfeeders
  84. make jumbo paperclip bookmarks
  85. PVC water sprinkler fun
  86. make a pen pal kit/write to penpal
  87. DIY jet pack
  88. make windsocks
  89. make paper flowers
  90. read
  91. make mustache straws (like these ones here)
  92. make kid-size cleaning caddy & clean! (my kids love cleaning windows with a spraybottle filled with vinegar and water!)
  93. create mini activity kits for travelling
  94. bubble painting
  95. build something with items in your recycle bin (robot...)
  96. sandbox fun, build a sandcastle or build a construction site
  97. conduct a science experiement
  98. go out for icecream/treat
  99. check out local activities (i.e. Butterfly World)
  100. inside bowling

100 Activity Ideas for Kids & Toddlers (click here for free download)

Check out the Activity for Kids page for an updated list!

What are some activities you like to do with your kids?  I'd love to hear! 

1 comment:

  1. Hi I’m Heather! Please email me when you get a chance! I have a question about your blog. HeatherVonsj(at)gmail(dot)com


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