These 23 toddler led activities will give you a little break without leaving that guilty feeling that comes with just handing them a screen!
I have been having a heck of a time keeping my little one away from screens recently. I don’t know if it’s because I’m just so exhausted from 17 months of non-stop breastfeeding and night-time wake ups, but whatever it is, I’ve found myself giving in to a tremendous amount of screen time.
Resolving to do better, I started searching around for some toddler led activities that don’t involve screens so that he can have fun, but I can get some downtime!
Turns out there is a TON of stuff out there! So here are a few of my favorites so far. Follow me on Pinterest for more activity ideas!
Toddler Led Activities without Screens
Here are 23 toddler led activities for you to try! Many (if not all) of the supplies are general household items, so you can probably make most of these activities right now!
4. Giant Ice Cube of Discovery – Perfect for hot weather, this giant ice cube is dual purpose fun!
5. Calming “Find It” Game – Help your child relax with this simple toy. Easy to make and has two “difficulty” levels for kids of all ages!
6. Under Table Hammock – If you have a square or rectangular table, you can whip this sweet little hammock up in no time!
7. Door Frame Hammock – If (like me) you have a round table, this you can make this door frame hammock quickly too!
11. Cardboard Bead Threading Activity – I’ve been wondering what to do without empty toilet paper rolls… Lord knows I can’t just throw them away! This seems like a wonderful activity!
Sensory Bag Activities
13. Ocean Sensory Bag – Put the ocean within reach with these sweet, blue liquid filled bag!
14. Fall Sensory Bag – Ah fall. How glad I am you exist! This has all the colors of fall in a pretty bag.
15. Halloween Sensory Bag – These 3 Halloween sensory bag options bring the creepy crawly inside, without any mess!
16. Watermelon Sensory Bag – Enjoy all of the texture and color of fresh watermelon without the clean-up!
17. Snowflake Shiver Bag – This sensory bag adds the element of COLD to its charms! Fun!
21. Pre-writing Activity Squishy Bag – This is a great activity for watching shapes form in the bag as you trace your finger, even if your child isn’t old enough to recognize shapes or letters.
Contact Paper Activities
Whoever first thought of using contact paper to keep a toddler entertained was a genius! I’m going to go through a roll a week at this rate!
22. Sticky Mural – I love the concept of this activity, though we would need to use larger items or all paper (different shapes and colors) to avoid me having to watch him like a hawk!
23. Fall Contact Paper Tree – Brilliant way to let your child connect with nature, even on rainy or cold (or blazing hot) days!