10 Clever Ways to Keep Your Tiny Toddler Busy

by Melissa Willets

10 Clever Ways to Keep Your Tiny Toddler Busy
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We found 10 toddler activities geared toward entertaining kids ages 1 and 2 years old.


If you’re a parent of a 1- or 2-year-old, you’ve probably noticed that most toddler activities are geared toward kids 3 and up. But your young toddler is walking and climbing now, and he needs constant stimulation or else, well, he’s going to find something to do, and it may not be mom-approved. These fun toys and activities will also help develop your toddler’s hand-eye coordination and cognitive skills, and they’re totally sensory friendly.


If you’re wondering how to keep a toddler busy, we’ve rounded up 10 activities geared toward tiny tots that include painting, building, blowing bubbles and more. Plus they are all safe, fun and sure to tire out your little one by bedtime.


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Tried but True

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table


Toddlers don't require complicated toys and activities to keep them busy. A simple water table or a large bin filled with water can engage a toddler for hours. Of course, you'll need to supervise your sweetie at all times, as even a small amount of water can present a danger to a small child. And be sure to provide tons of cups, squirt toys, balls and assorted water-friendly objects to extend the fun!

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Including the Kitchen Sink

Reach-Up Step Stool with Support Handles


When weather prevents your peewee from playing outside, you can still use water to keep him occupied; just plop him on a foot stool or chair at the kitchen sink! Sponges, suds, spoons and measuring cups all add up to at least an hour of entertainment. This high rise step stool happens to be 31 percent off, too.

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Kitchen staple reimagined

Colorful Pipe Cleaners


What toddler doesn't love opening up kitchen cabinets and emptying the contents? This activity involves something your little one is probably very familiar with: a colander. All you do is weave pipe cleaners in and out of the little holes, and let him pull out the ends and try to stick 'em back in. Simple, smart and it won't get old for a long time!

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Edible Fun

JELL-O Strawberry Unicorn Play Slime


Since toddlers put everything in their mouths, why not let 'em? This activity is sensory play at its best—and grossest! Edible slime is easy to make and mushy enough to entertain a toddler for much longer than yet another attempt at coloring.

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Sensory Bin

Dinosaur Play Sand Kit


Another activity little kids can eat involves a pasta sensory bin. Touching, squeezing, throwing, eating; it's all good when your a tot in a bin full of linguine noodles! Just be sure to use longer cooked pasta shapes, like linguine or spaghetti, so as not to pose a choking hazard for your hungry honey. If you don't want to make a sensory bin yourself, we love this dinosaur bin with sand and dinosaur figures.

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Shake It Baby

Plastic Egg Shakers


Every little kid is a peewee percussionist-in-training, so why not help him get his groove on and make instruments right in your own home? You'll need a plastic container that can be tightly closed and beans, rice or seeds, and voila! Your baby band is in business. These shaker eggs are also a great alternative to the DIY version.

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The Ultimate Busy Box

Alex Discover My ABC Busy Box


Do you have a box, a pencil and ribbon? Great, you now possess the items needed to occupy your toddler while you cook dinner. This ABC Busy Box is also great and will likely engage your curious cutie for much longer.

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Back to Basics

Little Kids Fubbles Bubble Fan


Nothing delights young children more than bubbles. This Fubbles Bubble Fan will give you wee one so much glee as she chases them around the yard with an abandon only a munchkin can muster.

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Streamer Fun

Toysmith Rainbow Stunt Streamer


Save this simple yet genius idea for a rainy day: Tape streamers from wall-to-wall in a hallway or small room and let your little one bust through 'em. Caution: Giggles ahead!

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Read, Read, Read

Soft Activity Books


These soft, interactive books are great for sparking our toddler's love of reading. They also encourage language ability, sensory skills, and communication skills. We love this fun, educational toy.