I have said this so many times before, but I will say it again. Toddlers are the busiest bees around. I don’t care who you are, if you spent 2 hours in my house you would agree and you’d probably also need a nap. So, I have put together ## Toddler Task Box Ideas for you to use with your little one. I hope this is helpful!
We are homeschooling our 4-year old for Pre-Kindergarten this year and if you don’t already know I am a former Pre-K teacher so I am kind of pumped about this coming year. The difference in the classroom (besides having 26-28 kids at once) is that I also have two, 2-year olds and they need to be constantly entertained. I would say the TV would be a great option BUT I don’t actually believe that. I think a little bit of TV is good, but a little is all (and no judgement on moms that disagree)!
I say all of that to tell you that this year we will be making full use of our Toddler Task Boxes. They will be a great addition to our school time for the toddlers while my oldest does handwriting and other written activities. They will also be good for her, but they’ll keep the younger ones busy (and learning) while she is working. I am prepping my list things to do and I figured I would share them with you and hopefully it will make it a little bit easier for you to put them together with this running list.
15 Toddler Task Box Activities
- Hole Punched Thin Cardboard and Shoelaces
- Uncooked spaghetti and a strainer (here is one of my favorite kinds of strainers)
- Pipe Cleaners and a strainer
- Move cotton balls from one jar to another
- Color sort the Toys (here is a free printable for this activity)
- Play dough and Small Toys (these will be themed with the lessons my oldest is working on)
- Straws and spaghetti
- Straws and pipe cleaners
- Marshmallow and toothpicks
- Kenetic Sand and cookie cutters
- Cups, Spoons and Water (food coloring is also fun with this one)
- Legos (this is a great starter set. My mom got it for my kids and they love it! Also, Dollar Tree has the colored base plates. I don’t know if they work or not for regular Legos… I’ll find that out soon. BUT they have Lego packs similar to this one I linked. They are Dollar Tree quality, but for toddlers, it’s not too bad. My oldest (4-years) know the difference and prefers actual Legos).
- Board books (this isn’t an activity that requires many fine motor skills, but my kids love books, so this will be on my list, always)
- Beans, Cheerios, Spoon. (add a few cheerios to a bowl of dried beans and have them scoop all the cheerios out and, of course, eat them)
- Ziploc Bag and a Piece of Card Stock. I put all sorts of things like buttons, beans, pennies, etc. draw dots or x’s for them to move the items around on. It is so fun watching them try to get all the dots or x’s covered.
This is a starting point for us and I am sure it will be for you too. I would love to hear other ideas you have in the comments below. I love a good toddler task box activity.
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