Create a Master Piece with Contact Paper – Cut out a big or small piece of contact paper (ours was kind of little) and tape it to the wall. Gather random supplies throughout the house that you can use to stick to the contact paper. We used tissue paper, googly eyes, buttons, string, and pom poms. Hazel loved creating and sticking everything to the wall. Super easy, and it doesn’t leave a mess.
Car Tape – This car tape is something I would have loved when I was a kid. It’s easy to apply, easy to remove, and doesn’t leave a residue when you clean it up. I love that you can make the roads go where ever you want, you can make a neighborhood, you can make a city. It’s so fun to have your little one’s imagination run wild with it. We also set up a farm house and some farm animals on the side of the car tape, Hazel really loved that!
Play with Paint – Hazel had a blast painting with the washable kid’s paint we found at Hobby Lobby. We turned it into a learning activity and made the letter “A” out of contact paper. When she tried painting the letter it wouldn’t stick/stay so you could see the letter’s outline. We talked about different words that begin with “A” and people’s names, trying to find familiar things to get her to recognize letter “A”. You can also use q-tips to paint, again turning this into a learning activity and she wrote a bunch of “H’s”.
Playdoh, Noodles, and Pipe Cleaner – This is so good for developing hand-eye coordination, and Hazel really enjoys it. It’s fun seeing her focus on putting each noodle on the pipe cleaner. Also a great non-messy activity, as long as you can trust your toddler with playdoh.
Shape Hop or Color Hop – Great when teaching your child colors and shapes. Just cut out some shapes, or just squares of different colors, and have them jump to the color you tell them to.
Bake With Them – Hazel loves helping me cook and bake. Find something super easy to create, muffins or cookies, have them help you pour in the ingredients and put the muffin tins/cookies on the pan.
Sort Toys by Color – Find colored buckets and toys that are the same color as the buckets from around your house. Have your toddler sort the toys into the right color bucket. We bought these colored bears last year and have used them quite a bit. We use them for color recognition, counting, sorting, and pattern making.
Cereal Sorting – Purchase cereal (we bought Fruit Loops) and create a mat with colored circles. Give your toddler a bowl full of the cereal and have them sort the colors. You can also make it more interesting by having your toddler use tweezers to pick up and place the cereal on the correct colored circle. If your toddler is being extra sweet you cal also use m&m’s or skittles.