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30+ Activities & Crafts For Toddlers


Now that the weather is becoming nicer and you've most probably been to the park so many times already this week you may be at a wits end on how to keep your toddler busy this spring or summer. Lucky for you I've put together 30 of my favourite toddler activities and crafts so hopefully there's something that catches your eye. I'm always looking for new creative ideas to try with Amelia and will be trying many of them over the next few months! Here's my list of Top 30 Toddler Activities.

INDOORS

Let's face it our toddlers are bound to have eaten play dough sometime in the past so why not make your own which is made from candy! This Candy Play Dough recipe is simple to make with just three ingredients and is edible so you don't have to worry about your tot eating it! 

These Salt Dough Ice-Lollies will be a favourite, perfect for pretend picnics, kitchens and role-play. Be warned, you may be have a toddler begging for ice-lollies!

Is your little one obsessed with pirates? Plan a Treasure Hunt for your toddler and have them follow the clues to hunt for hidden treasure. I love the idea of numbers as clues especially good for those who are learning to count!

What about digging the paints out and creating some Footerflies? Going on an adventure shows us how to have fun with your little one's feet and create a lovely keepsake for the kitchen wall or fridge. Perhaps you could do this every year and see how much your child's foot has grown.

I love this Finding Nemo Water Play Fun activity from In The Play Room. Anna shows us how to incorporate water play with Finding Nemo. Perfect for fans of the little clownfish. 


These gorgeous Felt Heart Fairy Wands from Lets Do Something Crafty are the perfect craft for your little princess! These would also be great for a kids birthday party activity or at nursery! Not forgetting the little men in your lives you could create star shaped wands and change the colours.

How about getting the shaving foam out for some messy play? Mummy Of Two shows us how much fun can be had with a can of the messy stuff. Be prepared for a lot of mess and have the bath ready for when they are finished. 

Potato Printing is a great way to get creative by using potato stamps made from cookie cutters. Your toddler can have lots of fun with this craft and could use them to make Thank you cards, or a masterpiece for the fridge.

If you have empty boxes lying around the house why not make a Cardboard Castle for your your little prince or princess? 

How cute is this Lamb Paper Plate? Perfect for spring and a nice and easy craft for toddlers of all ages! 


Ever wondered what to do with all of those ice lolly sticks you always have left over. Well instead of throwing them in the bin, put them all to one side and you and your toddler can have lots of fun! Here are a few ideas of what you can do with the popsicle sticks:

Create Matching Popsicles to help with your child's development. You could write the colours, paint them or add felt at the bottom to represent each colour. These can be sewed together or glued and you can also get your toddler to help. Great for learning to match and recognise colours. 

I love this idea of Velcro Sticks perfect for keeping your child entertained when at the restaurant, doctors or on a long journey. Have you always longed for something small to keep in your bag for those moments when your toddler has a short attention span? Why not get your toddler to help you paint the sticks, stick on the velco and into a plastic bag. They only take 5 minutes to make!

These Mini Puzzles made from lolly pop sticks would make a lovely gift for Father's day, any holiday occasion or even just for fun. You could print off a photo of your child and their daddy and stick it down on the sticks or if you're good at drawing make puzzles of different animals, people, shapes and store them in a box for days when your toddler needs entertaining. 

For those afternoons where you're stuck indoors and itching to do some planting why not make a Spring in a Bottle. A great way to liven up your window sill and your toddler gets to watch then grow as well as learn about different types of plants

Take a look at these Beautiful Butterfly Suncatchers made with melted crayons, wax paper and sticks from the garden! Once completed you will have a family of beautiful butterflies to brighten up your window. If butterflies aren't your thing, you can create pretty much anything! What about flowers, animals, Valentines, Easter or even Christmas sun catchers.


This easy homemade bath paint recipe will have you wonder why you hadn't thought of making it yourself before! It will give your toddler hours of endless fun in the bath tub and also makes use of those old empty baby jars! Genius! You can also sit down in the bathroom and have some much needed mummy time whilst watching them paint away.

Take a look at this easy activity involving Bubble Art. This is one which is great for both indoors and outdoors when the weather is nicer. All children love bubbles don't they? This could get messy but bubble art is great fun especially with lots of colours!

Ever wondered what you could do with all of those toilet rolls you throw away? Well why not keep them for this easy Cardboard Car activity. It requires minimum effort from mum or dad which is good for those who aren't into messy play and gives you half an hour of piece whilst they play.

This Button Name Craft is a great way to get your toddler to learn their own name as well as have fun and costs next to nothing to make. Dig out those old buttons or your could even take them off old clothes.

Does your little one love pushing cars around the living room? Take a look at this Masking Tape Car Track which will keep them occupied long enough so you can doing the dishes, prepare lunch and possibly sit down and enjoy a cup of tea!  

OUTDOORS


Painting with your feet is fun no matter your age right? I love the idea of using a large roll of paper as suggested by Fun at Home with The Kids to create a fun colourful masterpiece. Just be careful they don't slip and encourage stomping rather than running.

Does your toddler like to pick dandelions from the park or garden or does your lawn need mowing? If so then Dandelion Painting will be a fun outdoor activity to keep them busy for the afternoon. 

This Outdoor colour matching game is a fantastic way to keep your little ones busy this summer whilst you work in garden. You could hide them around the garden and have your toddler run around finding the matching objects.


The great thing about taking activities outside if that you have a whole other world of natural sources to use. There's no need to waste paper, you can have so much fun with chalk on the patio/driveway or what ever hard surface you have available. You could also make chalk spray bottles and use it on the ground, fence, walls or paper. There's hours of endless fun to be had. 

Fancy adding a splash of colour to your plant pots? Thats exactly what A Mummas Time Out allowed her children to do this Easter. This is a lovely way to allow your toddler to help out in the garden and you can both admire their work every time you're out in the garden.


This easy Pot Noodle Flower Pot activity is perfect for the budding gardener. Once you've enjoyed your Pot Noodles let them get creative and paint the pots. Once dry plant little flowers inside and these can either be placed on the window sill or outside. 

Garden Sensory Bins are a great way to get your little ones involved in the garden. There's so many different options to put in the bin and your toddler can have lots of fun whilst learning about new objects. 

IN THE KITCHEN


How about letting your little ones help out in the kitchen? There are so many different recipes and treats to whip up and here are some of my favourites:

This hands on Pizza recipe from Emmys Mummy is a great way to start "helping mummy make dinner". Have your tot help you put the toppings on the base and then of course eat it when its finished cooking. You can worry about the mess later!

These Cheese Straws are perfect for lovers of breadsticks and little bakers. They will enjoy rolling the pastry and then waiting for them to bake to enjoy. Perfect for parities and picnics too!

Of course we couldn't leave out the chocolate! These Chocolate Nests are great for little bakers with minimum ingredients! Your little one will love making and eating these. 

Which activity is your favourite? Will you be trying any of them out with your toddler?

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33 comments

  1. oh these look really Great... ill have to try some with Layla :)

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  2. Lovely idea, thanks for sharing. We're forever trying to find something new to do.

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  3. What a nice post! Those ice lollies are so cute :)

    x

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  4. Fab round-up - some amazing ideas here sweetie! Will definitely be giving some of these activities a go with the boys xxx

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  5. Thanks for such a great post. Shall be working our way through lots of these activities.

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  6. Some really great ideas, thanks for a perfect round up! x

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  7. Such a great post, I've found lots of new crafty fun ideas to do with the girls :) Thank you so much for featuring me in this post :) x

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  8. great roundup. love the idea of painting outside with your feet, my two would love this x

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  9. Great post and some lovely ideas!

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  10. A fab post with great ideas - I've pinned this because it's been many years since I had a toddler and you easily forget! Got my niece now to look after so this is going to come in really handy! xx

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  11. Thanks for including one of ours :) Loads of great ideas here which we will have to try out!
    Pinned :)

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  12. some fab ideas, I think we will make the ice lollies, such a great idea :)

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  13. i'll show this to my sis when her baby is a little older :)

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  14. Fantastic activities for toddlers. I love the look of concentration on A's face in the first photo!

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  15. Great activities
    L x
    Http://workingmumy.blogapot.com

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  16. Wow so many ideas there I will have to start working my way through them! Thanks for including mine!

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  17. So many ideas! Thanks for including my cardboard roll post x

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  18. So many great ideas to keep our toddlers busy. Thanks for including mine!

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  19. I loveeee some of these, thanks for including mine :-)

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  20. Brilliant round-up. I LOVE the felt fairy wands and the colourful lollies!

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  21. fabulous roundup and looks like little beauty has had a busy time enjoying herself x

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  22. What a brilliant selection of activities...this will really come in handy so I've bookmarked your page to come back! Thank you for sharing! x

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  23. Great round up of activities. Lovely to have them all in one place x

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  24. great round up! thanks for sharing all of these x

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  25. 30 ACTIVITIES!!!!! Cant wait to get started!
    Thanks for sharing hunny - Great ideas!

    Lotte xo

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  26. This is a perfect set of ideas, thank you for sharing!

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  27. Love these ideas, I hope Amelia enjoyed creating

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  28. Love the look of concentration on her face!

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  29. Brilliant ideas and I love how colourful everything looks!

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  30. Fab ideas. I have to admit I'm not craft and feel slightly inadequate lol! But I'll def be back to this page for inspiration xx

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  31. Thank you for including our dandelion painting...can't wait to give other ones a go!

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  32. Thank you for this brilliant article, got some great ideas what we can do with our boys who are 2 & 3 now x

    (pia s)

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