Are you looking for lockdown activities for toddlers? You’ve come to the right place!
We’ve been asking our friends with little ones for their ideas on how to keep little ones entertained during the lockdown period.
You might want to head outside or into the kitchen for this one!
It can get a little messy . . .
Using child-friendly paints like these add a little of each colour onto a paper plate.
Then ask your toddler to paint their hands and feet, and yours too if you want to join in. Try to prevent them mixing all the colours together on the plate!
Once you’re extremities are looking like beautiful rainbows it’s time to get the white paper out! Then simply press your hands and feet on the paper to leave a print, then leave to dry*.
*Tia’s Top Tips
- Have a big bucket of soapy water and a towel ready – this will save on any unexpected house decorating!
- Pre-painting toilet stops are a must! You don’t want to be running to the loo with painted hands and feet
- If you have time, try and let each hand print dry before adding a new print, this way you can build up the colours.
- You don’t have to stick to white paper, old cardboard boxes, newspaper or packing paper can be used too!
How about trying out some other mediums for playing with paint? Have you tried painting with sticks? Or painting on stones? Or driving toy cars through the colourful landscape to create fun patterns?
This has been a popular one on social media! Turning old milk cartons into Elephants! Have you tried this one?
All you need is:
- Milk carton
- PVA glue
- Coloured tissue paper/or coloured paper (even old Christmas wrapping paper could work!)
- Marker pen for some eyes (or stick on googly eyes if you have them)
This is a great activity for the table and is easy to clear away (bonus!). You can either shred the paper with your hands or snip it up with the scissors.
You’ll only need the top of the milk carton for this activity and the other half you can use for a PVA pot or to hold your shredded decorations (we used ours as paint pots & to sew some seeds!). The bottle handle acts as the elephant’s trunk so you need to leave this as long as possible.
You can make your elephants as colourful as you wish. After our little elephants had dried, we took them out into the garden on Safari with Nana! In fact, they are still being played with weeks later! Why not give it a try? We’d love to see your creations, tag us in your photos on social media so we can see them.
Here’s a link to the full instructions (grown ups will need to do the cutting parts)
Play Dough Playtime!
“We added toys to our play dough to make a farm! He really enjoyed this activity”
Play dough is super versatile for creating all sorts of fun at home. How about using as a medium for your little one to cut, poke and shape with their play tools?
Did you know you can also make your own play dough? It’s super easy and you only need 3 ingredients! Here’s how:
“Water play is always a winner in our house! You can make it different each time by just adding different toys. We like to use different sized containers and ask him to transfer the water between them so he can learn about the different capacities. We also like to give the farm animals a bath!”
Have you got any ‘lockdown activities for toddlers’ ideas to share with other parents?
Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you’ve been up to.
You never know, it could really help another parent out!
It’s a challenging time for many parents and guardians stuck at home at the moment and every little helps when it comes to entertaining toddlers! They are super inquisitive at this age and always looking for something to do or explore. Enjoy this time together and let your imaginations run wild.
Lockdown Activities for Toddlers written by Emma, with help from Guest Mums; Tia and Corinne.
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