Home-made independent toddler/preschool activities

toddler “busy bag” swap!

**UPDATE: Check out Toddler “Busy Bag” Swap, Take Two! for 20 more new activities! This post could also be properly entitled: My Winter Survival Kit! This past week, I hosted a Toddler …

freeze things and let him hammer them out

Keep them busy for hours! A block of ice with treasures frozen inside and a hammer. Great for hot summer days!

Las habilidades motoras finas hijo de 2 años

Activities for 2 Year Olds

Huge list of activities for 2 YR OLDS. Also links to list for yr olds. Great for fine motor skills!

Activities to promote fine motor skills    @Caitlin Boyles, I don't think you have this one yet?!?!

30 Materials & Activities to Promote Fine Motor Skills - hands on : as we grow on hands on : as we grow

Shaving Cream Slide! Ridiculously awesome! My kind of activity! I can't wait to do it with my boys.

Yes yes dollar tree is our friend! 100 Things You Can Purchase from the Dollar Tree and Use in Play. I'm just pinning to remember the shaving cream/slide idea.

The Stay-at-Home-Mom Survival Guide: Preschool Activities

Preschool Activities

The Stay-at-Home-Mom Survival Guide: Preschool Activities This is a GREAT site. She has so many clever and easy ways to work with your preschooler and have fun at the same time. I'll need this for when I'm a stay at home mom :-)

35 Transportation Activities for Preschoolers! Things that GO!

Transportation Activities for Preschoolers - Things That GO!

Great ideas for transportation week! Transportation activities for preschoolers, plus transportation crafts to make and even our favorite books for kids that love things that go!

Lego kit

DIY Portable LEGO Kit with Free Printable Activity Cards. I like this for school, older kids can have activity cards to create planets/atoms/molecules/fractions, younger ones can practice fine motor skills.

busy bags

Busy Bags 101- and Lots of Busy Bag Ideas!

DIY Busy Bags - activities to entertain a toddler and grow their counting, color sorting and other educational skills- cute idea

Letter walk: walk around the neighborhood looking for letters on signs, and then fold down tab on the plate. // This would make a great car activity too!

Make this letter wheel out of a paper plate and then walk around the neighborhood looking for letters on signs, license plates, and utility boxes. Whenever you find one of the letters, fold it down on the plate. For Naomi on car trips.

Use for: social play, object imitation, gross motor skills, turn taking/wait, sharing, following instructions- clean up, etc.

16 Things You Never Thought to Do with a Laundry Basket

10 Ways to keep a toddler busy with everyday household materials you probably already have on hand! What great ways to get toddlers moving!

Got a bored toddler? Give them a colander and some pipe cleaners...should keep them busy for about ten minutes lol

Got a bored toddler? Give them a colander and some pipe cleaners.should keep them busy for hours- and enhance their fine motor skills & hand eye coordination.

Smashing Balls (baked cotton balls)  Just flour, water, food coloring and cotton balls! Fun for the little man!

Time for Play: Smashing Balls (baked cotton balls) - All you need is some flour, water, food coloring and cotton balls! Bake them in the oven. When cool give your kiddo a hammer and watch the FUN! If only I didn't hate touching cotton balls.

Pipe cleaner color match toy

Increased difficulty to pipe cleaner toy