attention to the tots

Paying enough attention to your child and making sure your toddler receives adequate stimulation during the time he or she is awake is also vitally important for avoiding bedtime showdowns.

Crayon Activity

Find broken crayons, put them in an oiled muffin tin, & place in warm oven to melt. Let cool & pop out for a brand new multicolored crayon.

Quiet activities before meals

A quiet activity or a rest before meals or snacks is a good idea as a tired or energized toddler may well not be interested in eating.

Limiting TV time

As much as you treasure the quiet that comes with a Disney DVD, try to limit your child’s TV time to no more than two hours a day.

Play-doh playdate fun

A Play-Doh playdate activity is perfect for children ages 2 and above. You can purchase play-doh of different colors and let their imaginations go wild.

Fun Activity: Marshmallow Tinkertoys:

Marshmallow Tinkertoys: A bag of marshmallows and some thin pretzel sticks are all you need to build the perfect puffy pal, a 3-D house, or tepee.

Choosing activities

Choosing age appropriate activities is much easier when the child who is coming over for a play date is around the same age of your child.

Taking toddlers to the park

There are few activities for toddlers more fun than going to the park. Toddlers have an innate need to run and climb.

Gardening with kids

Work on gardening with your kids, If you have a garden have them help you pick the plants, water the flowers, pick weeds. 

The benefits of sunscreen

Don’t skimp on sunscreen. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most people apply only about half as much sunscreen as they should.

Go for a rainy day walk

Jump into puddles. Find out what mud feels like between bare toes. Let your toddler frolic around and get wet before you head indoors.

Summer reading activities

Check out summer programs at your local public library. Many feature special story times, sing-alongs, and puppet shows during the summer.

Sunscreen and the outdoors

Apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outdoors. This gives the skin a chance to absorb the lotion.

Rainy day activity tip

Raining outside? Pretend to go camping. Build a tent in your living room out of blankets and chairs.

Bubbles and toddlers

Toddlers just love bubbles. Give adults different bubble wands and wave. Toddlers will cramble after the bubbles.

Bubble activity

Hang a long length of craft paper on a fence or wall and mix a bit of food coloring into some bubble soap. Have the children make a picture by blowing bubbles onto the paper.

Craft Idea: Paint with apples

Cut apple in half from the top down. Dip in paint and stamp apple shapes. Cut apple in half the other way to create a different shape stamp with a star in the center.

Play and social situations

Group games offer a chance for kids to be social, though toddlers will more often play alongside their friends rather than with them.

Fun and fine motor control

Finger painting is just one of the ways your toddler begins to gain fine motor control.

Listen to music early and often

Think about music like a language: your kids learn their native language by being immersed in it.