Encourage your children to join in while you read. Pause to let them fill in a rhyming word or repeating line: “I’ll huff and I’ll puff . . .”
Have fun today, play a “color game” by asking your child to find something in the room that is a certain color.
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Visit your local pet store. Most have impressive collections of dogs, cats, fish, birds, reptiles & hamsters to delight the little ones.
For a fun activity, make a plate of bubbles. Take a small plate, plastic drinking straw, dish washing liquid and tap water. Two drops dish soap is all you need.
Playgroup activities should be something that will involve all the children and should be kept age-appropriate.
Start applying sunscreen BEFORE you even leave the house. This is extremely important as toddler skin is very sensitive and burns easily. Taking the time to apply sunscreen beforehand ensures that you can get their whole body covered and not miss any spots.
Make stamp art. Cut a few potatoes in half. Carve a design on the end of each potato. Use the potatoes as stamps. Dip them in finger paints and stamp on paper.
Avoid play group meltdowns by keeping the visits short; no more than two hours at once.From: ToddlersToday.com
Staying inside all day is a bad, bad idea with this age group and will make time slow until it more or less screeches to a halt.
The local library can be a great place on rainy days, some even have special play areas for kids.
Toddlers are easily entertained, so it is easy to make a game out of practically anything. In fact, sometimes the best games that you can play with your child require no equipment at all. Simple songs and finger plays like “Where is Thumbkin” will delight most toddlers.From: How to Do things.com
Zoos can be fun on rainy days. Most zoos have enough indoor exhibits to have a great day seeing and learning about animals while staying dry.
Too many parents plan outings without regard for the constrained attention span of a toddler. A trip that lasts under an hour, including travel time, works best.
When making Easter eggs, rubber bands around the eggs make nice stripes. On plain eggs for a white & colored egg; or dye once, rubber band, and then dye again for the stripes.
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Children love to have their faces painted. Here’s an easy way to turn your little one into Peter Cottontail’s helper:
Draw an upside-down triangle on the child’s nose with the brush from brown or black liquid eyeliner. Fill in completely. Rub a circle of rouge on each cheek. Paint three whiskers with the eyeliner on each side of the face, starting from the nose and extending across the cheek.
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Make leaf prints by putting a leaf under a sheet of paper and rub a crayon lightly over the surface of the paper to reveal the shapes.
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A toddler finds it easier to paint on an easel rather than a flat surface.
If you can’t afford to buy an easel, make one by cutting out one side of a cardboard box and tape the other three sides together. Set it on the tabletop and set your toddler free.
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Daycares use plastic smocks to cover kids when they’re doing arts and crafts.
Invest in one of your own so you don’t have to scrub paint out of your child’s favorite overalls.
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Cut down the frustration level of your toddler by seeking out toddler-sized supplies, such as thicker markers, crayons, paintbrushes and pencils. They will be easier to hold and use than the skinny ones meant for older children.
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Toddlers as young as 15 months bring home craft projects from daycare.
If you’re looking for something to do on a rainy afternoon, don’t rule out coloring, gluing, and finger painting just because your little one is still in diapers.
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