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!
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!
As you’re reading, click on the photo or source link to read the full post for that toddler game! Enjoy!
Fall Leaves Contact Paper Tree
Brilliant way to let your child connect with nature, even on rainy or cold (or blazing hot) days! Add photos to the leaves for an added layer of learning fun and family member recognition, or leave them blank for a leaf placement game!
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!
This toddler game by: I Can Teach My Child
Toddler Activities Using Common Items
Don’t worry about special toys, crafting supplies, or other things… these activities can be made using just what you have on hand!
Paper Plate Ring Toss
Straw Javelin Toss
Masking Tape Car Tracks
Giant Ice Cube of Discovery
Perfect for hot weather, this giant ice cube is dual purpose fun! We would do this in the kitchen or bathtub, but this may be an outside game for you…
This toddler game by: Crumb Bums
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!
This toddler game by: Lady Behind the Curtain
Under Table Hammock
If you have a square or rectangular table, you can whip this sweet little hammock up in no time!
This toddler game by: Joyful Abode
Door Frame Hammock
If (like me) you have a round table, this you can make this door frame hammock quickly too!
This toddler game by: Joyful Abode
Colors and Patterns Busy Bag
Pool Noodle and Rubber Band Activity
Cardboard Tube Drop Chute
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!
This toddler game by: The Imagination Tree
Pool Noodle Stringing Activity
Sensory Bag Activities
Ocean Sensory Bag
Put the ocean within reach with these sweet, blue liquid filled sensory bag!
This toddler game by: Kids Activities Blog
Fall Sensory Bag
Ah fall. How glad I am you exist! This has all the colors of fall in a pretty bag.
This toddler game by: Kids Playbox
Halloween Sensory Bag
These 3 Halloween sensory bag options bring the creepy crawly inside, without any mess!
This toddler game by: Plain Vanilla Mom
Watermelon Sensory Bag
Enjoy all of the texture and color of fresh watermelon without the clean-up!
This toddler game by: Fantastic Fun and Learning
Snowflake Shiver Bag
This sensory bag adds the element of COLD to its charms! Fun!
This toddler game by: Growing a Jeweled Rose
Magnetic Polka Dots Sensory Bag
Ten Little Apples Sensory Bag
Water Bead Sensory Bag
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.
This toddler game by: Learning 4 Kids