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Ridiculously Simple Activity to Keep Toddler Busy

Oops! We did it again.

We forgot to lay our kitchen table chairs sideways on the ground so that our adventurous one year old wouldn't climb on top of the table.  If he sees an empty chair, his short stocky little legs make a run for it.

He's pretty quick that little guy!

Today was no different, except I knew why he wanted to get on the table so badly, his older siblings left a pile of colorful craft sticks on the table.

Instead of whisking him away, I grabbed an empty oatmeal container and set up a ridiculously simple fine motor task for him!

simple activity for 1 year old

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I keep a stash of empty containers in our kitchen closet-- empty containers, egg cartons, empty paper tubes, etc. etc.  You just never know when you'll need an empty egg carton to hold paint for an art project or when you'll need an empty container for such a task as this!

Simple Toddler Activity


Prior to letting your toddler use the container, cut a small rectangle in the top of the lid.

Show your one year old how to insert the popsicle stick into the hole.

That's it!

simple activity for 1 year old

This activity is great for hand-eye coordination, encourages bi-lateral movement, and fine motor skills!

It lends itself to be an easy activity to put together for some one-on-one time with your little one.

Talk about colors.

Count the sticks.

Listen to the noise as they drop.

Open the container and dump all the sticks out and do it again!

It is so simple to put together, it's ridiculous!

More Simple Baby Play Ideas:

Make Your Own Sensory Balls
Pillow Climbing for Baby
Fabric Scraps Sensory Bin
Nature Exploration for Baby
Container & Loose Parts Exploration (similar to the activity you just read about, but different materials!)
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