If you’re stuck at home with your toddler we have some fun, simple and easy ideas for activities to do with your little one.
From play ideas to crafts and even some simple outdoor fun you can get up to in your garden why not have a look through these ideas and try one today.
So here you go some simple easy ideas to do with your toddler when you are stuck at home.
Don’t forget to bookmark or pin this post so next time you can find it easily again.
Ideas for Things to Do with your Toddler When you Are Stuck at Home
At the bottom, you’ll find out the supply list of things that we keep around the house that make all of these simple activities and crafts possible.
Imaginative and Small World Play Ideas
Set up some play for your toddler!
If you know you are going to be stuck at home the day before do this before you go to bed and then when they wake up and will be happy playing this and you can get on with things at the start of the day.
Check out these simple play ideas below
- Farm imaginative play
- Dinosaur small world in the water table (this is messy and best done outdoors)
- Stickman small world play – instead of a tuff spot tray why not use a play mat or even a box and scale it down.
- Fairy garden in a box (again best done outside)
- Jungle imaginative play
Play a game together
Have you ever noticed that if you spend some time with your toddler just focused on them then afterwards they will play content for a long while afterwards?
Games are a fun way to do this. There are a beginning and endpoints and if you go to quickly then you can always play again.
Plus playing games teaches them to take turns, how to win and lose gracefully as well.
We have some fun printable games to play with your toddler so you can switch and swap them as you want.
Have fun With Playdough
You either love it or hate it but your toddler will probably think it’s the best thing EVER!
Making your own is so simple and even if your toddler likes to put everything in their mouth we have a recipe that they can!
Use one of the homemade recipes below and then why not set it up so that they can play with some of a easy ideas for playdough fun.
Playdough Play Ideas
Recipes to cook with your toddler
Cooking with toddlers is fun!
But finding recipes that actually work and you can cook together can be a challenge.
That’s why we have tried and tested every recipe with our own tots.
Here’s some of our favourites but you can find even more recipes to cook with toddlers here!
Easy Arts and Crafts for Toddlers
So these may need a little supervision so you don’t end up with paint everywhere but you may just find that your little ones will create happily for a while without making a fuss.
Egg cartons, paper plates and cardboard tubes are some of the best materials you can use.
Got more than one child at home and love to do crafts but finding it tricky? Check out our top tips for crafting with 2 or more kids under 4! We did it and so can you!
Egg Carton Crafts for Toddlers
Why not make some of these simple egg carton crafts with your toddlers
Cardboard Tube Crafts for Toddlers
Cardboard tubes can be used to make some fun crafts as well
- Cardboard tube caterpillar to butterfly
- Cardboard Tube Bee Craft
- Toilet Paper Roll Monsters
- Robot Toilet Paper Roll Craft
Paper Plate Crafts
As I said it can sometimes get a little messy but it is fun these paper plate crafts are great to do with kids.
Here are some of our favourite toddler ideas
And a quick one for you to make so they can play pretend scuba diver a scuba diving mask paper plate craft.
Outdoor Ideas for your Garden with your Toddler
So even if you are stuck at home you can get outside in the garden if you have one.
Growing Seeds with Toddlers
One of the things toddler love is getting in the soil and you can grow seeds with your toddlers at any time of the year.
We have a list of plants that grow quick that are ideal to grow with toddlers.
But, don’t worry if you don’t grab some soil from the garden and raid your fruit and vegetables.
- Apple pips will grow well in soil but don’t expect an apple tree anytime soon.
- Tomato seeds can be grown as well.
- Have an orange or lemon the pips in those will sprout too!
- Even an avocado seed can be grown so there are plenty of options
You can make seed trays for them from egg cartons and watch them grow on your window sill.
We’ve put this as an outdoor activity as it can go everywhere when the bubble burst.
You don’t even have to leave the house to get bubble mix either just make your own with our classic bubble mixture recipe.
Not got any bubble wands – then do like we did and make them from pipe cleaners so simple.
List of our Supplies for Being Stuck at home with the kids
We’ve tried to break this down to a really easy list.
We haven’t included the ingredients for the recipes check each recipe for those.
- Plastic storage bin
- Toddler games
- Printer & Printer Paper
- Food Colourings
- Icing sugar (confectionary sugar)*
- Googly eyes
- Pipe cleaners
- Egg Cartons
- Paper Tubes
- Paper Plates
- Kids Washable Paints
- Pom Poms
- Washing up liquid (dish soap)
- Optional – Glycerin
- Seeds (or see above for some you can grow yourself
*For Edible Playdough only
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.