If you are like me, you struggle to find fun and easy ways to entertain your child. Whoever said this is “natural” was a damn lier. There is constantly a flood of information coming at you on how you should play with your baby. Make sure you read to them constantly, only use solid wood toys, don’t overstimulate, make sure they are entertained, play with them always, let them self play… you get my point. I was exhausted trying to set my Baby Bear up for success, but I still have stuff I had to do at home! So, I created a list of four easy activities for a toddler I bust out when I need a little Momma Bear Time.

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Easy Activities for a Toddler

Edible Paint

  • 1 Cup Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Drops Red Food Dye
  • 2 Drops Blue Food Dye

Split the yogurt in half, putting red dye in one of them and blue in the other one. I recommend putting your little one in their high chair with an extra sheet below them. It is easiest to clean up if their are only in a diaper. Put one color of paint in a ziplock back, and the other color in a different bag. Cut the corner off of the ziplock bag and give them a little of each color on the high chair tray. They will put their hands in it and mix the colors together. This is another great opportunity to teach them about colors. If they eat it, there is no problem!

Split the yogurt in half, putting red dye in one of them and blue in the other one. I recommend putting your little one in their high chair with an extra sheet below them. It is easiest to clean up if their are only in a diaper. Put one color of paint in a ziplock back, and the other color in a different bag. Cut the corner off of the ziplock bag and give them a little of each color on the high chair tray. They will put their hands in it and mix the colors together. This is another great opportunity to teach them about colors. If they eat it, there is no problem!

Sensory Bags

In a ziplock bag put 1/4th cup oil and 1/4th cup water with small plastic toys. I have used rice, small bath toys, and kitchen spatulas in the bags. I tape the bag to either the wall so Baby Bear can walk up to the bag and push the toys around. Sometimes, I tape the bag to the floor and Baby Bear walks over the bag to play with the texture. Feel free to play around with food dye or different textures into the bag. Once, when I was really lazy I just taped tin foil to the floor and he walked over it for a solid 10 minutes – MOM WIN! I love this easy activity for a toddler because I almost always have the necessary items to make this activity very quickly.

Mess Free Paint

Take the same edible paint recipe and put them on either side of a ziplock bag and tape it to the high chair tray over a white piece of paper. The baby will push the paint around and play with the colors as they melt. Then, easy peasy just throw things away and you are off!

  • 1 Cup Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Drops Red Food Dye
  • 2 Drops Blue Food Dye

Non-toxic Crayons

We use an Entertainment Station and Baby Bear stands up next to the Kitchen counter with a piece of paper taped to the counter. He takes the crayons and smashes them on the paper, occasionally actually using the crayons to color. It’s important to use the non-toxic kind because Baby Bear frequently puts the crayons in his mouth. This easy activity for a toddler is great because it starts to teach them out to use their hands to create something on a piece of paper.

Glass jar of crayons and a child coloring. Use coloring as an activity for a toddler.

Cooking with a toddler

Don’t forget, you can always engage your child in the kitchen from an early age. Baby Bear loves to “cook” with me and helps me make his food all the time. To see a few of the food we make, check out my post on foods I made for him when he was nine months old.