Time to create a Toddler DIY Activities Kit because …. there is a baby on the way!
When our new granddaughter arrives next month she will be our 8th grand child with the oldest grandchild being only 8 years old. Yes, we have a busy house when they all visit! Upon her arrival, she will be welcomed by her very excited 2 year old sister. Although my daughter- in -law has done a great job preparing Little Miss L for her new sister; I’m sure there will be times when an extra set of hands will be helpful. So how can I lend a helping hand when I live 2 hours away?
Toddler Activities for Less Than $10.00
So this month I decided to create a GG Fun Kit to provide fun, quiet activities that Miss L can play with independently. Hopefully, the activities will keep Miss L busy and give my daughter- in- law a few minutes to take care of the new baby or enjoy a well-deserved cup of tea. As in my previous learning kits, my goal is to make them reasonably priced, easy to duplicate, and filled with fun activities to keep kids engaged. Usually, my kits are created to be done with your child. However, the focus this month is to find materials and activities that Miss L can do alone. So with $10 in hand, I’m off to the Dollar Store.
Busy Toddler Activity Kit
|pompoms||Sort pompoms in ice cube trays by color |
Pick up pompoms with tongs and put in ice cube tray. Put pompoms into containers, baggies
|Crayons and color-ing sheets|| Individual coloring sheets ((5) are folded in kit. Let|
child color one coloring sheet at a time
|Hour glass timer||Watch how the sand can do back and forth. Can be used to remind children to complete a task.|
|small pencil||Write with small pencil on small post its|
|Pipe cleaners||Twist to make jewelry|
Twist to connect
|A pack of picture cards (any)||Sort pictures by color, picture, back or front of the cardLine up the cards in a straight line.Toss the cards in the lid of the container|
|Different types of paper: post its, different colors, sizes||Encourage them to draw pictures for different peopleHang artworks throughout the house|
|tongs||Use to pick up small to medium items in kit|
|Ice cube trays||Use tray to sort items by color, number and to make patterns|
|Baggies with zippers|| Store items. |
Use as a container and take out items using tongs or tweezers
|Clear plastic containers||Use for storage |
Put hole in lid and put small items from the kit through the hole using fingers.
Put items from kit through the hole using tongs.
|clothespins||Use to pick up pompoms, pencils, paper.|
|Plastic cupcake holder with lid||Used to store all items in the kit. Ideally one with ahandle is best so it can be carried by children.|
Enjoy some quiet time and a cup of tea!
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