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50 Creative and Amazing Ways How to Entertain Your Toddler

Updated on April 22, 2012

The days sometimes seem very very long when you're trying to keep a toddler busy and out of trouble. Here are some great ideas to keep you both occupied (and sane):

  1. Make a pillow fort or teepee tent
  2. Play chase in a big open field or park
  3. Finger (and even feet) painting on kraft paper
  4. Learn a new song together
  5. Build a cardboard box castle
  6. Make an obstacle course out of cushions and/or furniture
  7. Make a fort out of cushions and sheets
  8. Have a tickle-fest
  9. Go for a long walk and discover new areas together
  10. Make a tin can tambourine
  11. Read a book (or two)
  12. Give a piggy-back ride
  13. Collect leaves or pinecones in a basket to take home and make crafts
  14. Teach them how to dance to music different kids of music
  15. Organize toys and books by colour, shape or size
  16. Download toddler friendly games from the Internet
  17. Practice putting things in and taking things out of boxes
  18. Roll down a hill together
  19. Put on a finger puppet show
  20. Go fishing with a yard stick and paperclip or magnets
  21. Run through a sprinkler
  22. Have a big bubble bath
  23. Sweep the floors and clean the house together
  24. Bang on pots and pans with a spoon
  25. Play dress-up with old clothes and accessories
  26. Pick wild flowers and make a bouquet
  27. Play a musical instrument together, like a piano
  28. Bake cookies or a cake together
  29. Make a youtube video and send to family and friends
  30. Plant a flower or vegetable plant together
  31. Roll a tennis ball into an empty trash can or bucket
  32. Draw on a mirror with dry-erase markers or lipstick
  33. Create a scavenger hunt with toys or treats
  34. Put a leash on a stuffed animal and walk around the house
  35. Make and try on paper hats
  36. Untangle toilet paper and play in the mess like kittens
  37. Give a piggy-back ride
  38. Talk into an electric fan (it distorts your voice)
  39. Play tug-of-war with a blanket
  40. Disconnect your phone and pretend to make phone calls to relatives
  41. Have a picnic in the park or even in the house
  42. Make binoculars with toilet paper rolls
  43. Put items in different containers and watch them discover
  44. Act out a story from a book
  45. Draw on the side walk with chalk, then wash away and start again
  46. Splash in puddles or play in the snow
  47. Decorate and eat an open peanut butter sandwich
  48. Make a toilet paper barricade for child to go under, over, or through
  49. Make a shoe-box train for toys to ride
  50. Make and walk along a toilet paper trail

Do you have an activity idea? Share with us!

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    • Pinkchic18 profile image

      Sarah Carlsley 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Nice suggestions here!!

    • Susan Starts Now profile image

      Susan Starts Now 6 years ago from California

      Nice list! Sometimes you get in a rut and it's good to get fresh ideas every now and then.

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      kellylover 6 years ago from An Island

      i love babies! hope to have one soon... its such a joy.