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    Activities for Toddlers
    Toddler Bowling
    Toddler Bowling Materials Empty plastic soda bottles or unopened paper towel rolls Large rubber ball Directions Line up three or four (or more) empty plastic soda bottles or unopened paper towel rolls. Show your toddler how to roll a large rubber...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    Activities for Toddlers
    Indoor Sandbox
    Indoor SandboxYou can make an indoor sandbox by filling up a cardboard box or plastic baby bathtub with puffed wheat or rice cereal or uncooked rice. Here are also some alternatives that may be purchased fairly inexpensively in bulk. They provide...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    Squishy Bags
    Squishy Bags Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 20 minutes Materials: Sensory materials, such as mud, pudding, or hair gel 2 zip-close freezer bags Super-strength glue Here is the answer if you want to...
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    Activities for Toddlers
    Chair Maze
    Chair MazeMaterials Chairs Directions This activity will work well outdoors as well as in. Place chairs in a maze around the room. Let your child crawl among them or walk over them, or use them as a train for her stuffed animals. ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    Magnet Christmas Tree
    Magnet Christmas TreeMaterials Lids from frozen-juice cans or baby-food jars (at least 10) Magnet strips Glue gun Green felt Felt in other bright colors Scissors Directions Cut small circles of colored felt to fit the lids. Use lots of green and ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Easter Activities and Crafts
    Easter Egg Pickup
    Easter Egg PickupMaterials Tissue paper Pie plate Plastic drinking straws Scissors Directions Cut several tissue paper eggs about three inches long. Place the eggs in a pie plate. Show your child how to put the straw to his mouth and take a deep ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Nursery Rhymes
    Hey Diddle Diddle
    Hey Diddle Diddle Activity for a group Age group: 30-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: Cut-out or photograph of a cow Cut-out or photograph of the moon Masking tape 1 sheet poster board Use the famous nursery rhyme to help yo...
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    Popcorn Picture
    Popcorn PictureMaterials Popped popcorn Glue stick or white glue Construction paper Brown paper bag (optional) Tempera paint powder (optional) Directions Rub the glue stick on a piece of construction paper or spread white glue with a brush. Stick...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    Drawing and Painting
    Paper Towel Drawing
    Paper Towel DrawingA quick and easy activity for even the youngest toddlers. Materials Paper towel or coffee filters Markers Directions Set your toddler in her highchair and give her a couple of markers and a piece of paper towel or coffee filte...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Color Cube
    Color CubeMaterials Empty milk cartons (any size will do) Tape Scissors Construction or contact paper in six different colors Glue Clear contact paper Directions Choose two milk cartons the same size. Measure the base of one carton and mark a cut...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Nursery Rhymes
    I Hear Thunder
    I Hear ThunderDirections This is sung to the tune of "Frère Jacques," or "Are You Sleeping?"I hear thunder, I hear thunder, (Drum feet on the floor.) Hark, don't you, hark, don't you? (Pretend to listen.) Pitter-patter raindrops, (Flutter your f...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Short and Tall
    Short and Tall Materials Paper towel rolls Scissors Colorful contact paper or gift-wrap (optional) Directions Cut paper towel rolls into several different sizes. If you like, cover them with colorful contact paper. Encourage your child to stand t...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Rope Games
    Rope GamesThis activity is good for either indoor or outdoor play. Materials Long rope Directions Lay a long rope in a zigzag pattern in the grass or on your deck. See if your child can walk on the rope. Lay the rope in a straight line like a tig...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Water Play for Toddlers
    Water Play for ToddlersThis bathtime variation is great for long, rainy days. Materials Plastic baby bathtub Bath toys Directions Sit your diapered child in an empty bathtub. Fill a plastic baby bathtub or other large container with water and set...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Dance and Fall Down
    Dance and Fall DownMaterials Music Directions Put on some music and dance around the room with your child. When the music stops, everyone falls down. When the music begins again, everyone gets up and dances some more. ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    Activities for Toddlers
    Indoor Baseball
    Indoor BaseballGames such as this help your toddler develop eye-body coordination and are suitable for indoor as well as outdoor play. Materials Empty gift-wrap roll Balloon Directions Play baseball with an inflated balloon and an empty gift-wrap...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book