15 Self-Directed Activities for Toddlers - Imperfect Homemaker

15 Self-Directed Activities for Toddlers

self directed activities for toddlers

One of the biggest challenges I face while making dinner is how to keep the children busy.  They are constantly hanging on my legs and telling me they're hungry.  They don't seem to understand that the more they whine the longer it will be before I can get dinner finished and they can eat.

That's why I started having them sit at the table to work on an activity while I cook.  I have a cabinet that has fun things that they can do by themselves.  They only get to do these activities while I'm cooking so that they stay fresh and fun.

A lot of the things I have are educational games I have bought on clearance.  But there are a lot of different ideas around the web that you can make yourself.  I have three criteria for the activities that I choose to make or buy:

1. They aren't expensive or extremely time-consuming to make
2. They aren't too babyish for my 4 year old but not too hard for my 2 year to do by herself
3. They won't create a big mess.

Here is a round up of some ideas that meet all of those qualifications.:

Popsicle Stick Puzzles




Popsicle stick color matching




Build a cupcake




Building with velcro and craft sticks




Pipe cleaners and a spice jar




Button practice with felt




Clothespin Color Match




Weaving with pipe cleaners and a cooling rack




Practicing shapes with stickers





Popsicle Stick Shape matching





Pom poms and tweezers





Printable Sewing Cards





Block puzzles






I spy book





Magnetic items and a cookie sheet


Update:  after seeing how great a demand there is for independent activities for the little ones, I compiled a whole book of them!

[wp_eStore_fancy1 id=7]

These activities are all tested by kids and moms!  They're sure to keep your child's attention without requiring lots of set-up !

Grab your copy now!

[wp_eStore_fancy1 id=7]
Share this post

Comments are closed