Self isolation – Survival tips for families

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Indoor activities for toddlers

  1. Get out the card board boxes and create! Let the imaginations flow. A box can be anything: a train, ramps for cars, an airplane, a house.
  2. Shaving cream is a wonderful indoor sensory activity that toddlers love. Squirt some on a pan and just let them have fun. Add food coloring if you like. You might want to put them in an old shirt and maybe put a towel down, too. It does get messy.
  3. Grab some blankets or old sheets and make indoor tents, tunnels or dens.
  4. Teach your toddler how to blow bubbles and perhaps make your own bubble mixture at home. You can mix 1.5 cups water with half cup dishwashing liquid. If you don’t have a bubble wand try straws, cookie cutters, slotted spoons, fly swatters etc. Store mixture it in an airtight container to use again another day.
  5. Play skittles using homemade skittles. Set up a few items for pins. Lots of things will work for these, e.g. plastic bottles (just add a little water to stop them falling over too easily), or paper towel tubes
  6. Here’s a sensory activity that’s easy and clean! Squirt some hair gel (hand lotion would work too) into a slip lock bag and zip it up! Add some odds and ends to the mix too for added fun (e.g. craft items, rice, pasta).
  7. For a quiet time activity, why not download some audio stories and children’s music for your toddler to listen to. Try https://www.spotify.com/nz/
  8. Tape up the doorway and throw some newspapers (or cotton balls!) at it to see if you can stick them. A great indoor activity for gross motor practice!
  9. Create a necklace, toddler style! Use a piece of string (a shoestring works well because of the hard end) and something to thread on it. Big beads would be great. But other items such as straws or large pasta noodles work too. This would be a great fine motor activity.
  10. Have a ball throwing old newspapers. Add a target to the mix and practice counting too. All great gross motor practice.
  11. Tape a line on the floor in different ways (zig zag, curvy or straight) and have a toddler walk along it, trying to balance their best. Can they do it forward, how about walking backward? Another fantastic gross motor activity that can be done indoors.
  12. Have your toddler poke pom poms through an opening in a small bottle, or cut a small hole in a container. Pom poms and other small items can be used for fine motor practice, but always be careful with small kids and watch them closely. You could make a pom pom from a scrunched tissue or other paper.

More ideas and links

Teddy Bear Hunt

The Parenting Place

Surviving Lockdown with Young Children

Success For Little People

Top 10 Indoor Activities for Toddlers

10 Tips to Keep Messy Play Clean

25 Fun activities to keep your toddler busy

20+ Fun and Easy Toddler Activities for Home

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