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14 activities to keep your toddler entertained at home

14 activities to keep your toddler entertained at home

Looking for ideas on how to keep your kids entertained over the next few weeks? Or do you just need a few ideas to occupy them while you work from home? Then don't worry, take a deep breath and check out our range of activities that your little ones will never get bored of! 

With a lot going on in the world right now, it can be difficult to think of ways to entertain your children at home, especially if you prefer to go on family adventures or days out - as even a trip to the shop is a bit stressful at the moment. 

So from fun fashion shows to challenging activities such a fort building, we've thought of 14 ways to keep your little ones occupied. That's at least 1 activity per day for 2 weeks!  

Activities to keep your little ones entertained

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1) Bake

Baking is great way to entertain even the tiniest of helpers while you're stuck indoors! Not only is baking fun, but it's also a good way to teach children how to follow instructions and older children how to measure the different ingredients.
Why not try baking Mary Berry's vanilla cupcakes with swirly icing?
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2) Have a clear out

Fed up of all those toys your child won't play with taking up every corner of your house? Have them clear out all the toys and clothes that they no longer use - or even make it fun by setting a timer and challenging them to find 1 toy they don't like anymore to put in a box. 
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3) Do a puzzle

Puzzles are a great activity to do together. They encourage problem solving skills as well as supporting hand-eye coordination. 
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4) Play dress up

Children love doing things that they shouldn't, so why not let them play dress up and raid your wardrobe? Let them put on a fashion show for you, and you never know, you might actually get to drink your coffee hot for once! You could always hide the things you don't want them to ruin first too.
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5) Painting

Painting is quite a messy activity, and one you might try to avoid at times, but if you're staying indoors for a while it might be worth getting the paint brushes out of the cupboard! 
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6) Download activities

There are plenty of activities online that you can download for your little one, such as colouring in pages, word searches and cards! Check out Frugi for some downloadable-fun stuff for your children. 
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7) Build a fort

Get your little one to gather all the pillows and blankets in the house and help them build a fort! You never know, they might love their fort so much they might decide to take a voluntary nap! 
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8) Have a movie day

Sometimes, letting your kids watch TV for an hour is all you can do to keep them entertained - and that's absolutely fine! Whether you put on their favourite Netflix show or get the whole family snuggled up infront of the TV for a movie, it's great to spend time as a family and just relax for an hour with some snacks.
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9) Reading

No matter what age your child is, reading a great activity for children to do and it can help to encourage their creativity and literacy skills too! There are some great kids books to buy too!
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10) Make pizzas

Cooking dinner can take up a lot of your time, and this is often the time they start wanting your attention most. So instead of taking on all the cooking responsibility yourself, get your little helpers in the kitchen to give you a hand with tea! A good tea to start with is making your own pizzas, so get them sprinkling their own cheese and toppings on! 
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11) Make salt dough decorations

Salt dough is a fun and easy activity for your kids, they'll love using their imaginations to create different objects that they can paint! Find our salt dough recipe here. There are a lot more recipes you can make at home for messy play too.
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12) Create a treasure hunt

Treasure hunts are always a lot of fun (and a great way to keep kids entertained while you get on with some work or cleaning!) Hide snacks or their favourite toy for them to find, and pop clues around the house or garden too! 
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13) Decorate plant pots

Let your little ones get the garden ready for spring by lettign them decorate the plant pots with paint and glitter! They'll love getting creative decorating, but this activity can then go onto them growing and nurturing their very own plant. 
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14) Write letters

Writing letters might seem a bit ancient, but it's a good way to get your older children practising their writing. Try getting them to write to your neighbours or their school friends, and have a wonder to post them, you never know who's day it might make. You can even get little ones to draw pictures to send out!

All 14 of the activities can be done for fun, or you could put an educational twist on them! There are plenty of games and ways to entertain that can be done to help support your little ones learning. 

Educational ways to entertain your child

1) Play listening games

Simon Says is a great game to play with children as it encourages them to listen to the instructions of Simon carefully. You can also change the instructions to suit your childs age, for example younger children will be happy with basic instructions they can follow, whereas older children might prefer slightly complicated ones such as jiggling one leg, or rubbing their tummy while patting their head. This game is great to get your little ones playing while you get on with some work too! 

Another game you can play is Letter Sound Scavenger Hunt. Like a treasure hunt, you shout the first letter of an object out and then your children will then have to run around and find the object, for example if you shouted 'B' they could find a book. 

2) Download home learning activities

With a lot of children missing out on school, there are a lot of online services that are offering free home learning packs! Take a look at a few below:

  • TTS: Learning at home: With over 40 home learning activities, these books offer a range of curriculam-focused learning resources that you can print at home. They cover a range of different subject areas, with each task clearly explained and easily understand!
  • Twinkl: These Key Stage 1 learning resource packs are great for Year 1's and 2's! If you have any questions about the packs, email your childs teacher for advice. 

3) Educational toys you can buy:

Playing games is a fun way for children to learn, so take a look at our picks of educational toys and experiments for your little one to do at home.

Suitable for ages 3+

All aboard! This Brain Train is ideal for little ones to enjoy some shape sorting fun in a colourful way. It helps to develop little ones minds, as they match shapes and follow sequences with fewer hints on each level!

Suitable for ages 3+

Little ones will discover their love for science with this mini lab! With easy to follow science experiments and equipment to keep them safe, they'll love watching colours change and investigating insects. 

Suitable for ages 4+

Which way to Grandma's house? This enchanting puzzle game will have children working out the right path to Grandma's, but befware of the wolf, he's right behind you! 

Suitable for ages 3+

This game engages young learners through repetition. There's so many activities, from shapes and patterns, brain games to learning about the animal kingdom! The 'Write and Wipe' activity mats will help to keep learning fresh.

Suitable for ages 4+

This is an unforgettable learning experience for little ones. Nurture the caterpillar as it grows into a beautiful butterfly that your child can release into the garden. It even comes with 4 life-cycle figures.

Suitable for ages 5+

This game allows children to enjoy an interactive trip to the farm - but it's certainly not an easy one! With the animals in chaos, the Pigs, Sheep, Horses and Cows are making a big mess and need to be separated, but the player will need to give this some thought as there are only 3 simple fences to divide the field into separate meadows. 

Suitable for ages 3+

Every morning, get your little one to fill in this magnetic calender! It can help teach little ones about the days, weeks and months and to think about what they want to do that day. It also encourages their social skills, as they will talk about the weather and how hot or cold it is too. 

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  • Author: Samantha Ball Samantha Ball
  • Job Title: Freelance writer

Samantha is a mum of one, in a house full of boys. Her hobbies are long hikes, coffee tasting, and being a bit of an *obsessive* cleaner.

She also runs a blog Student Mum Diaries about what it’s like to be a student mum. 

 

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