Planning activities for Toddlers is hard. They often want to put things in their mouths. They have short attention spans. They have trouble understanding directions.
When planning activities for children under age 3, remember that simple is best! Be flexible. Follow your toddler’s lead and allow your toddler to explore whatever you give them. Provide several different activities and leave them out for you and your toddler to explore, leave, and come back later or even the next day.
Some basic things that your toddler may start to show interest in learning about include colours, shapes, letters and numbers. With this in mind, here are some fun summer time activities to enjoy with your toddler:
- Mix up some food colouring and shaving cream. Make different numbers or count the different colours.
- Cut a pool noodle in two lengthwise to make a race track for small cars, balls or ice cubes.
- Mix up some dish soap, food colouring and water. Float ping pong balls. Pour and explore with different funnels, cups, squirt bottles, ice cube trays and bins.
- Mix up some bubble solution and blow giant bubbles using coat hangers.
- Freeze small toys into ice cubes. Have fun melting them.
- Make Jell-O. Cut out different numbers or shapes.
- Finger-paint with pudding or yogurt.
- Make a rainbow out of different coloured toys or blocks.
- Colour sort pom-poms, blocks or crayons.
- Make simple shapes out of Popsicle sticks.