16 Materials Perfect for Toddler Busy Play

Lots of Busy Play Ideas to Keep Kids Busy

These materials and activity ideas will definitely come in handy to keep kids busy when I just gotta get something done! I have been trying my best to prepare myself and the kids for when the baby gets here in a couple of months. Right now, I’ve been thinking about how in the world am […]

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A Clean Up Method: Blocks Transport

Does this look familiar to you? A tub of blocks, dumped out all over the floor? This constantly happens in our house. Any tub of toys gets dumped out in its entirety. Blocks are very common to be strewn about the floor. And this time it happened while I was trying to get dinner on […]

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A Busy Play Activity: Styrofoam Destruction

  Who knew Styrofoam packaging from a ceiling fan could provide such entertainment to two little boys? Add some tools [real tools!] to some good old Styrofoam and let the boys have a blast destructing it. Or is that all they’re doing? At one point Henry was scooping soup Styrofoam pieces and at another time […]

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Fine Motor Activity with Drawer Knobs & Screws

Another toddler busy play activity! I’ve been after my husband for some nuts and bolts. I know he has a bunch somewhere [he saves absolutely everything, I'm sure he has a stash!]. I decided to take a look for some myself and while doing so, George happened to find these drawer knobs with their screws! […]

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Entertained with Dominoes!

Dominoes! I think there’s a lot of potential that could be done for activities with Dominoes, but for now, I just let the boys explore them and see what they thought of them. Henry immediately began to make a road with them, and George followed suit. I just happily watched to see what they’d use […]

Toddler Activity: Measuring Cups & Pots

Toddler Busy Play: Measuring Cups & Pots

  I was trying to get some bars in the oven to bake, and the boys were not getting along for the life of them the other day and I needed to separate them. To keep George in the kitchen with me, but also to allow me to accomplish something, I simply handed him my […]

Preschooler Drawing with Sidewalk Chalk

Sidewalk Chalk Drawing & Mark Making

Sidewalk chalk has never really been a hit here before. We don’t have the smoothest sidewalks or a very smooth driveway. So I’ve just never pushed it. I don’t even enjoy drawing with it on it, so why should they? [I'd prefer sidewalk paint - regular or fizzy - over the chalk.] But, we always have […]

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Water Play Experiment: Does it Float or Sink?

Seriously, the most asked for activity from Henry is a water activity. After doing his own water experiment, painting with water on the driveway, a what dissolves in water experiment, the stages of water experiment, along with many other countless ones, I am struggling to come up with new ideas for water! But, of course, there’s […]

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Who’s Fastest? Blowing Fabric Race Activity

Thanks to Kitchen Counter Chronicles for passing on the Olympic torch to me in the Kid Bloggers Go Olympics. I now have a chance to race to the finish line and WIN! Or not, as part of a group effort, we’ll all win in celebrating the Olympics with our kids, together. I mentioned winning because […]

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Canvas Art: Oil Pastel Resist Watercolors

There’s something so prestigious about art on a piece of canvas. I think it really makes the kids think they’re making something really special. Last year they made a piece of art on canvas with the frozen paints outside on a very hot day, which hangs in George’s room. Since I bought a twin-pack of […]