From the category archives:

Toddler

Our BEST toddler fun activities: no-mess finger painting, potching at the sink, build a sweet fort, scope out some big wheels, and five easy (light) green toddler activities.

Never give your toddler food coloring

Super messy shaving cream activity for toddlers

I’ve been sitting on this “toddler friendly” art print project for YEARS because I wanted to test it before giving it my stamp of approval. Instead — holy cats, people! — I learned the hard way: NEVER GIVE A TODDLER FOOD COLORING. Let me back up a bit. The following activity was suggested to me […]

Activity #120: Try Potching

How to not trip over your toddler? Let him stand next to you while you do things in the kitchen.

My stepmom (aka Grandma Leslie) introduced Julian to the kitchen counter at her house, way before it would have occurred to me. Bring a stool to your empty kitchen sink and let your toddler climb up. Fill the sink with warm soapy water, plastic cups, utensils, etc. Let your toddler pretend to make something or […]

Build your toddler a play kitchen for less than $50

DIY toddler kitchen built from IKEA components via ohdeedoh

Wanna just buy one outright? I don’t blame you, I got tired just writing about all these awesome projects. Two super cute (gender-neutral) play kitchens on amazon are Melissa & Doug’s corner kitchen (more compact) and Kid Craft red retro (more deluxe). I also encourage you to be on the hunt in your local Craig’s […]

Activity #275: Put the child in a container

Toddler in a bucket - fun for a rainy day

This suggestion came from my friend Sunny on a rainy day. “You put a boy in a small bucket and see how long it takes for him to get himself out,” she explained. “In this case, he wanted to stay in there.” In fact, he has a history of squeezing his way into several other […]

Create an easy ball pit at home

How to make a ball pit from your Pack N Play

Turn your pack n play into a ball pit for a toddler that still needs occasional containment but also wants entertainment. (Mama’s gotta carry in the groceries without a little person running into the street, right?!)   Kalena tells us how she did it for curious toddler, Nolan: Remove any mobile and bassinet from your […]

What does your toddler LOVE to play with?

My motorcycle-riding toddler

Does your small person have any hobbies? I want to know. When parenting my first son, I thought all little boys were interested in trains (like really really obsessively so and they’d happily leave any playground to drive past one). Then his interests broadened to include diggers, all construction vehicles and LEGO. But not really […]