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  1. Careen Baylor says:

    Wow, so many ideas of activities!! Thank You

  2. These are some great ideas! I am trying to replace screen time with quiet time and activity time so I will definitely use these! I was wondering about the sidewalk paint, I how easy is it to wash off. My daughter loves drawing with wet chalk so I’m sure she would like painting on the sidewalk too.

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      It is easy to wash off if you use liquid food coloring or liquid watercolors for the colors. Have fun!

  3. Dear Angela,
    I was researching to find kids play ideas to publish in my Facebook page. I am in the process of promoting that we parents monitor our kids (even pre-teens), and provide them with fun and safe activities to do instead of using the screens.
    My three kids are already grown up, and I did not have the tools available today back in the 90s. So if Ok for you I will start follow you and publishing your posts in my FB page.

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      Yes! That would be fine. Thanks for introducing yourself!

  4. loved it really creative ideas and the good thing is you do a lot of things to keep your child busy because they get bore of things in a short time
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  5. Great ideas, thanks! Somehow my toddler just loves messy activities 🙂

  6. Wow, lots of activities never thought of.
    Thank You

  7. Thanks for posting this! This is a great overview of some sensory play experiences that help keep toddlers busy (and out of trouble!). One of our strategies when using large bins of tiny objects is to lay down a big plastic liner or tarp under the table – that makes clean-up a TON easier. We also try to do a lot of activities out on the back deck to save our sanity. I’d hate to have a look under the deck to see all the little things that have fallen between the cracks – out of sight, out of mind, right!? 🙂

    Anyway, keep up the great work, this is one of our go-to blogs for finding fun activities and the best baby/toddler/kid products for making those activities possible!

  8. Thanks for these interesting ideas! I was looking for some funny activities that would keep my boys busy (they are almost 2 y.o.) and help them to practice motor skills at the same time. I think we will try this thing with Cheerios and edible paint, I’ve never thought about it before but I think it’ll be funny and engaging for my kiddos 🙂

  9. Seema Mehta says:

    It is not always possible for us to entertain our little ones and we often find ourselves at a loss of ideas. This post is such a relief. The ideas are outstanding and safe as well. Thank you so much for the information and thoughts. Useful and informative post for all,

  10. I love that idea for the felt board. I made one recently but used foam core board, hot glue, and duct tape. The duct tape doesn’t really like to stick to felt. My mom gave me my old bulletin boards so I think I’m going to have to use those for our new felt boards. Great idea!!!

  11. Interestingly great ideas, Some of them are definitely worth a try. I am sure the kids would be loving them.

    Keep up the good work 🙂

  12. Dr.Shahana says:

    Thanks for sharing these ideas.I was looking for some activities for my son as he is into cartoons this week.Thanks!

  13. Petunia Evans says:

    These are some really cute ideas for toddlers. I especially love the “car wash with toy cars”, as I think my boys will like that. I also really liked the “water beads” idea, I’d probably be playing right along with them!

  14. Brilliant! Thanks so much for all these amazing ideas. I thought I offered my toddlers variety but had not thought of any of these so can’t wait for them to wake up tomorrow and start giving some a try.

  15. These are awesome! Thank you!

  16. Thank you so much for these easy, fun ideas! I have stage IV Cancer and not a lot of energy. Now I have lots of fun things I can do with my toddler grandkids – so wonderful! Looking for similar mode of ideas for my 8 year old granddaughter. This is also new territory for me as I had 3 brothers and 3 sons – not used to the girls :). Thanks again!

  17. Your ideas are just AMAZING!!!! I’m soooo looking foward to my son being a little older (he is 14 months now) to try them!!! You’re inspiring! Thanks a lot!

  18. Virginia Anderson says:

    Fantastic! Creative! Great ideas to use for children with a disability.


    Fantastic games for tots to keep them busy at home. thank you

  20. These ideas for kids are awesome. My favourite two are the toy car wash and the bathtub full of toys. I have a similar website with kids ideas being but I hadn’t thought of a lot of these. I will add a link to this page as these are really good. Well done!

  21. Vivian McDermott says:

    Very creative and easy to set up. Great ideas to inspire play and. learning.

  22. WOW! I am so impressed. These are all great and creative ideas! As an OTR/L, I must say that there are some great fine motor skills that can be practiced with so many of these activities. Not only will I use them for my own kids, but for my clients as well! Thank you!

    ~ Judy

  23. SunnyPower says:

    Great Ideas! Love them!

  24. Thank you for sharing your great ideas for little ones. Will try some of them with my grandchildren

  25. Amazing ideas! Thanks a lot for sharing!!!! I am looking forward to tomorrow even more than before!

  26. So many great ideas that I can’t wait to use!! Thank you so much. My little guy just turned two and we are at the point in the winter when I am looking for new things to do with him.
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  27. Hey there! Fantastic ideas and as an ECE I applaud your play based approach to teaching! Small tip for you regarding the edible finger paint: if you add in a little bit of cream of tartar (get it in the baking aisle I think it) your paint won’t go mouldy as fast!

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      Thank you so much, Jennifer! I appreciate your tip, too! Will try that next time.

  28. Fantastic ideas all in one place – Thank You!!!!

  29. Love the cardboard tube with pom poms!

    1. love the tube idea..but I think I will try it with hotwheel cars…think the boys will like that idea.

  30. janet keown says:

    Thanks so much for these ideas. They will help on the days that I Ikeep my 3 year old granddaughter.

  31. Cute ideas! I’ll keep these in mind for when my son becomes a toddler.

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