5 Simple Boredom Buster Toddler Activites


During school time with my son, my daughter either walks around with her broken grocery cart, plays with a toy I give her, and/ or sits with me and draws but those things get old after a while!  It finally occurred to me, after a few days of her dumpling and playing with a few random bells that I had in my craft supply, that she needs some new tot activities!  Thus, I gathered some random odds/ ends for my 19 month old daughter to play with and she loved it all!  Here's a couple of activities that have been keeping her occupied for a while...

1. Got Beans?!
I've seen this activity throughout Pinterest, and it's basically a type of "sensory" bin without a underlying theme.  All I did was throw a bag of dried beans in a pan with some shovels, utensils, bowls and let my daughter have at it.  She loved it; and I knew she was done when the beans were no longer in the pan ; )

2. Build it Up/ Knock it Down
I keep a stash of all kinds of empty containers.  You just never know when you'll need an empty oatmeal box or spice jar!  I pulled out every container I could find and let the kids build towers; and then they took turns knocking it over.

3. Who wants a Gumball Marble?
I found a Gumball Machine at the Dollar Store the other day and though it was a cheapo-- I figured I would find some use for it.... and I did!  I filled it up with marbles and let Little Sis play with it.  She loved pushing down the lever for a marble and filling it up again.

4. Food Container, Cherrios, & Pipe cleaners.. Oh My!
I used an empty food container and punched several holes in the lid with a hole puncher.  Then, I gave Little Sis pipe cleaners, feathers, and cherrios and let her create... and eat ; )

5.  If all else fails... PAINT!

Who knew such "simple" things could present so many opportunities for focus, attention span, and fine motor skills!  I have been working on a Christmas *Wish list* for the kids, and I am almost thinkin' of just asking for  more beans, kitchen utensils, and empty containers! Ha!

What has your tot been up too lately??

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