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  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Magic Tube
    Magic TubeTime 10 to 15 minutes Materials Long mailing tube with the plastic ends removedA few small plastic or metal cars Directions Not only does this game challenge concentration and motor coordination, but it also holds a surprise reward when...
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    Activities for Toddlers
    Sand and Glue Art
    Sand and Glue ArtThis activity requires a little practice to get the idea, but the unique feeling makes it well worth the time. Time 20 to 30 minutes Materials PaperWhite glueSand Directions Write a message or draw a picture on paper using glue. ...
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    Activities for Toddlers
    Pretend Grocery Store
    Pretend Grocery StoreToddlers have fun filling up bags and baskets with just about anything. For variety, use blocks or Duplo in place of the groceries suggested here. Materials Paper bag with handles or small basket Empty food boxes and containe...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Kitchen Helper
    Kitchen HelperTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Silverware Directions Real jobs are fun for toddlers, who like to help out and show how much they can do with their emerging physical control. An easy one is sorting 10 to 12 spoons and forks into the...
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    Activities for Toddlers
    Bus Trip
    Bus TripTime Up to several hours Materials MapBus fare Directions For many children, a trip on a bus is a whole new way to experience their neighborhood and city. Use a local map to pick a destination, and check bus schedules and fares as you pl...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    In the Slot
    In the SlotTime 10 to 15 minutes Materials Poker chipsEmpty coffee can with plastic lidScissors or knife Directions This activity challenges emerging fine motor skills and requires that your child sit still and work patiently. Cut a 2 by 1/4-inch...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Nature Bracelet
    Nature Bracelet Materials Masking tape Scissors Directions Before going outdoors with your child, wrap a piece of masking tape to his wrist, sticky side up. As you explore, help him attach colorful leaves, flowers, and other interesting discoveri...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    Egg Carton Menorah
    Egg Carton MenorahMaterials Empty egg carton Scissors Glue, tape, or stapler Blue and yellow tempera paint Q-Tips Directions Divide an egg carton in half lengthwise to make two strips of six sections each. Cut three sections from one strip and gl...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Halloween Crafts
    Painted Spiderweb
    Painted SpiderwebMaterials White tempera paint Black construction paper Drinking straw Directions Drop a bit of thin white tempera paint onto the center of a piece of black construction paper. Give your child a straw and show him how to blow the ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Magnets
    Artwork Display
    Artwork DisplayHere's a way to display your child's artwork on the refrigerator without having to cover it up with magnets to keep it there! Materials Wooden ruler (12-, 18-, or 24-inch) Magnet strip (same length as ruler) Glue gun Clothespins, ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Pretend Car Wash
    Pretend Car WashMaterials Bucket of warm, soapy water Cloth or sponge Hose Riding toys Directions Help your child set up a toddler car wash. Give her a bucket of warm, soapy water and a cloth or sponge, and let her wash her riding toys. She may n...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    Drawing and Painting
    Feather Painting
    Feather PaintingFor this activity you can use colorful feathers from the craft store or bird feathers you find outside. Materials Feathers Glue Tempera paint Paper Directions Mix a little bit of glue with the tempera paint. Use feathers to brush...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Kazoo
    KazooMaterials Empty toilet paper roll Thin paper (newspaper works well) White glue Hole punch Scissors Directions Punch a hole in the side of the empty toilet paper roll as far from the end as the punch will reach. Cut a square of paper large e...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Spoon Match
    Spoon Match Materials 2 sets of measuring spoons Directions Mix up two sets of measuring spoons. Encourage your child to match up two spoons of the same size. Use only one set of spoons and have your child order them from smallest to largest. ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Paper Crafts
    Rainbow Discs
    Rainbow Discs Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 20 minutes Materials: 6 paper plates Scissors Red, yellow, and blue cellophane White craft glue Here is a way for your child to truly see the world thro...
  • AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Could Be Healthy
    AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Can Be Healthy
    When it comes to screen time and kids, it isn't all bad news. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers guidelines on how to make screen time healthy and educational.
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  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Stop and Go
    Stop and GoMaterials Red and green construction paper Scissors Tape Straw Directions Cut two circles from the red and green construction paper. Tape a straw to the back of each circle, leaving enough straw extending below the circle for your chil...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book