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Never throw a box away. If you don't have time or energy to help your child make it into a castle or space ship, just give your child markers and put her in the box for an hour! Thanks to Alana Carris Warfel!

Easy Toddler Activity
  • Yoga4 Mothers
    Yoga4 Mothers

    Hello Dr. Laura Markham of Aha! Parenting this is a very good idea for preschoolers ..

Brilliant ideas to occupy children in the car. Thanks to Teaching Mama & SOS Inc. Resources.

5 Ways to Keep Kids Busy in the Car - Teaching Mama

What can baby do? TONS! Here are over 50 fun activities perfect for young babies (and toddlers too!) Thanks to @Kristina @ Toddler Approved

Sensory Play Activites for Babies ~ Growing A Jeweled Rose

What a terrific idea for a box! This simple game will keep young toddlers busy for a long time! Thanks to Dot to Dot Childcare for this.

Creative Playhouse: 15 Play Ideas to Help Children Calm Down and Relax

"This kept my 2 year busy for an entire hour and my 4 year old busy for 2 hours! YAY! Drop vinegar tinted with food coloring onto a pan filled with baking soda. Sheer minutes of colorful fizziness!!... Pretty sure we will be doing this soon!

Arts and crafts

A list of 100 cheap, free summer activities to do with the kids. via how does she

Over 100 Cheap to FREE Summer Activiites | How Does She

Another pinner says: This takes you to the BEST blog I have ever read! Absolutely love, PLAY AT HOME MOM...{makes me want to have more kids just to do all the fun stuff with the little ones!}

Play At Home Mom LLC

Fill your ice cube trays with water, adding a drop of food coloring to each section. When frozen, these can be popped out and put in bath water. They’ll have fun “chasing” them around in the tub and trying to grab them before they melt.

Frugal Bathtime Fun for Baby

Homemade bath crayons? Here's just 1 of the hundreds of great ideas on this family website "A Magical Childhood"

10 Ways to Make Today Magical

Whaaaaat? No helium needed to fill balloons for parties.....just vinegar and baking soda!

How to Blow up a Balloon With Baking Soda and Vinegar | eHow

Kids Fun: Homemade Flubber

Kids can make Homemade ice cream in a baggie -- Easy!

How To Make Homemade Ice Cream In A Baggie So Easy!!!

This is what happens when you microwave a bar of Ivory soap! [Then you can tear it up and mold into shapes]

Salt Writing! So simple yet "Little Dude literally was engrossed in this activity for more than an hour. Thanks to from Becky at Creating Paradise

This is BY FAR the BEST resource I've seen with ideas for keeping toddler/preschool kids busy!

  • Julie Cacopardo
    Julie Cacopardo

    Ingenious!! These are fabulous ideas! Thank you!

Pvc pipe and cars. Hours of entertainment.

Strawberry Chic: How To Entertain Your Toddler

Bean Bucket - L's favorite toy when younger.

Strawberry Chic: The Bean Bucket

Cardboard tubes + box = hours of fun!

a happy wanderer: ball maze...

Make-your-own dominoes from rocks - martha stewart

Obstacle Course!

Boredom Busters | The Weekend Homemaker | The Weekend Homemaker

Cut up pipe-cleaners and place them in a bottle. Use a magnet to manipulate them.

Pre-school Play: Discovery Bottles

Construction truck play bin with pea gravel

Kids Home Made Arts and Crafts by Pink and Geen Mama

"One of the best toddler activity idea websites I've ever found. The ideas are simple, educational and allow for creative exploration of the child's own world. Highly recommend."

Play At Home Mom LLC

felted fishing game