keeping young kids amused round up

DSC05854I’m always on the hunt for ideas for keeping the little fella amused. Many ideas that I come across are a wee bit old for him, but I bookmark them anyway for later. With so many bookmarked, I thought I would just have to share some!

I’m big a fan of simple toys and activities that enhance creativity rather than toys that do all the playing for kids (although toys that go beep and play music are good for an over-tired toddler at the end of the day, as an alternative to TV).

I also like toys that are frugal (and handmade toys are a bonus for mum’s creative outlet – if we have the time, that is). Some of the ideas below are quick and easy while others will take a little bit more time and effort on mum and dad’s part. Many of the sites have lots of other great ideas besides the post I’ve linked to, so have a meander through them.

Playdough is a winner in our house. Rather than cooking your playdough, an easy alternative is to use boiling water straight from the kettle and mix with a wooden spoon before kneading once is cools down enough to handle. I find a little goes a long way. I halve my recipe and then keep half in the cupboard for back up – it lasts for ages and less means less ‘in play’ means less ground into the carpet :).


homemademammas
Finger paints @ Homemade mammas
justanotherday
Felt fishing game @ Just Another Day in Paradise
cookcleancraft
Felt car play mat / house @ Cook Clean Craft
kojodesigns
Hanging tent @ Kojo Designs
passthecereal
Big picture scavenger hunt @ Pass the Cereal
activitiesfortoddlers
Homemade highways @ Activities for Toddlers
zaaberry
Toy bags @ Zaaberry
nicegirlnotes
Dolls house from drawers @ Nice Girl Notes
servingpinklemonade
Super capes @ Serving Pink Lemonade
chalkinmypocket
Magnetic quilting blocks @ Chalk in my pocket
homegrownmom
Rainy day jar @ Home Grown Mom
theidearoom
Homemade chalkboard paint @ The Idea Room
skiptomylou
Puppet Theatre / Shop @ Skip to my Lou
ohdeedoh
Toy grill @ Ohdeedoh
craftzine
Toddler exploration bottle @ Cratzine
lillaa
Post box @ Lilla a

Box ideas @ Declutter Organize Repurpose
quirkymomma
Playdough recipe roundup @ Quirky Momma
furlinedtoiletseats
Egg Carton Ideas @ Fur Lined Toilet Seats
activitymom
Button ideas @ Activity Mom
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Moon sand @ Play Based Learning
thehowtogal
Quiet book ideas @ The How To Gal
playathomemom
Sensory board @ Play at Home Mom
ohdeedoh2
Homemade workbench @ Ohdeedoh
kiboomu
Bath soap crayons @ Kiboomu
flikr
DIY Kitchen @ Cotton Candy Castle Photostream
playathomemom2
Sensory Balloons @ Play at Home Mom
filthwizardry
Shower curtain play mat @ Filth Wizardry
houseofbabypiranha
Name Soup @ House of Baby Piranha
thecraftycow
Musical instrument roundup @ The Crafty Cow
countingcoconuts
Sensory tub ideas @ Counting Coconuts
makingmemorieswithyourkids
Goop @ Making Memories with your kids
meetthedubiens
Bath paint @ Meet the Dubiens
shareandremember
Rainbow sensory box @ Share and Remember
delawarecountymoms
Homemade doodle paint @ Delaware County Moms
fairydustteaching
Galaxy Playdough @ Fairy Dust Teaching

Comments

  1. Delphine says

    One of my ideas from many moons ago did cost a teensie bit of money but it changed the mood of bored children very quickly. During the year I would buy inexpensive colouring-in or puzzle books, cheap coloured pencils, small fiddly toys, just little things that would keep them occupied for awhile because they were new and different. They were kept in the Surprise Cupboard and it was accessed on rainy days, bored silly school holidays and sick in bed days. The idea worked up until they were about 8-10, then they were no longer interested in little things and the budget didn’t expand to their desires. We also had a school holiday jar where I put a couple of dollars every pay day and that was for a going out activity such as the pictures or maybe something that was on in town, or lunch at their favourite take away.

  2. says

    Thanks for that tip! There’s nothing like something new and novel to keep a child occupied for a while, particularly if it’s something they like. I love your idea of saving for school holidays, what a great idea!

  3. Rach says

    Good ideas Delphine, thanks for sharing.

    Melissa thanks, now I have even more crafty Christmas ideas to spend countless hours on. This mini crafts thing is becoming a bit of a hobby. LOL

    Great roundup!!!! Love it.

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