However, now that school’s back in session, my toddler is home with me most of the day. I love having this special time, but there are of course moments where I wonder, how am I going to keep her entertained all day?
That’s why I’ve put together a go-to list of some our favorite toddler activities for stay at home moms. I’ll also share some tips for healthy snacking both at home and on the go and why we love Sprout Organic Foods! (Make sure to grab your high value Sprout Coupons!)
Toddler Activities for Stay at Home Moms
I’ve separated our favorite activities into groups for easier searching:
Arts & Crafts
Sensory Puffy Paintfrom Play Based Parenting – This is an experience for all the senses! Mild kitchen spices provide a range of colors, fragrances, and textures.
Crepe Paper Painting from Uno Zwei Tutu – 3 different techniques to create gorgeous frame-worthy masterpieces!
Q-Tip Paining from Buggy & Buddy – No fancy or expensive art supplies needed!
Easy Spider Stone Craft from Uno Zwei Tutu – These aren’t scary spiders…they’re downright adorable and easy to make! Perfect for Halloween, or year round nature study.
Easy Fish Craft from the Natural Homeschool – This craft couldn’t be easier, and is so much fun to decorate!
Drawing with Cars from Clare’s Little Tots – You’ve got to see this one! It makes drawing so much more exciting!
Science & Education
Felt Scrap Color Sorting from AppleGreen Cottage – A simple activity for learning colors and the perfect way to use leftover felt scraps.
Letter Hunt from Busy Toddler – This game incorporates letter recognition, a sensory experience, and early literacy awareness. Plus, it’s lots of fun!
Glowing Ice Cubes from Go Science Girls – An edible sensory science activity…and yes, the ice cubes really do glow! Cool!
Tree Activities from Every Star is Different – A nature-themed Montessori unit for tots along with free printables!
Alphabet Maze from The Soccer Mom Blog – This is actually how I helped teach my younger brother his letters!
Foam Alphabet Letters from the Natural Homeschool – Soft and inviting to play with, these foam letters are great for a variety of activities for young learners!
Colorful Leaf Wreath from Mommy’s Bundle – Painting the leaves makes it a lovely Fall craft!
Play & Fine Motor
Card Slot Drop from Busy Toddler – Kids seem to love getting out playing cards, but this activity will have them picking up the cards instead…and having a blast!
Scooping Pom Poms from Buggy & Buddy – So simple, but such a hit! My daughter loves playing measuring spoons!
Easy Upcycled Catapult from Go Science Girls – Get outside and get stomping! A great way to burn energy!
Sticker Line Up from Busy Toddler – Let’s be real…kids love stickers…and they love sticking them everywhere! This activity gives them a GOOD place to put all their stickers!
Imaginative Play with Felt from Buggy & Buddy – Use felt to create play mats for your child’s favorite toys. The possibilities are endless!
Bubble Wrap Road from Sunny Day Family – Driving toy cars over noisy bubbly wrap…need I say more? A guaranteed hit!
Plastic Cup Towers from Apple Green Cottage – Another one of my toddler’s favorite toys and one that we have plenty of around the house!
Pipe Cleaner Weaving from Clare’s Little Tots – We always have lots of pipe cleaners at home and this is an excellent way to develop fine motor skills.
Collections of Fun
These links will take you to some awesome round-ups of themed activities:
10 Edible Sensory Play Recipes from the Natural Homeschool – Toddlers still tend to stick almost everything in their mouths, but these recipes are worry-free! And they provide hours of entertainment!
30 Fall Crafts from The Usual Mayhem – A HUGE collection of all things fall!
30 Nature Crafts from Like a Bubbling Brook – THIRTY Stunning crafts that incorporate natural and found materials.
25 Activities to get Your Kids Moving from the Soccer Mom Blog – Lots of physical games and things to do to encourage your little ones to be active.
Out of the House
Mom & Me Class – My toddler loves our weekly swim class! It’s a great physical exercise and allows her to socialize with other kids her age.
Take a walk – Stimulate your toddler’s brain and squeeze in your own workout at the same time! Check out these ten awesome benefits to walking you might not have heard yet.
A hungry toddler = a grumpy toddler!
When you’re out and about, it’s always a good idea to bring a snack and a drink. I always bring a refillable water bottle for both of us to stay hydrated in the Texas heat.
For a quick and convenient snack, Sprout Organic Pouches are perfect to tuck into your purse or diaper bag. Sprout only uses ingredients like those that would be found in your own kitchen – no preservatives and nothing artificial! So even when you’re not at home, you can still provide a nutritious snack.
Sprout pouches feature delicious blends of whole fruits, vegetables, and grains giving babies greater exposure to wholesome foods. Research shows that developing a love of healthy foods early on helps foster healthy eating habits for life. My oldest daughter is such an adventurous eater, and I am confident that my toddler will grow to love a wide range of real foods too!
While I was in Target last time, I did a little comparison shopping. Here’s what was listed on another popular brand:
- Mango Puree (Mango Puree Concentrate, Water)
- Strawberry Puree
- Ascorbic Acid
- Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate
If I can’t pronounce it, I’m skeptical. Plus, there were a lot of fillers and concentrates in some of the other pouches too. I love that the flavor listed on the front of Sprout pouches are the same as the ingredients on the back…no surprises!
Sprout takes its Mission & Values very seriously with their honesty pledge on all their products:
Have you tried the new Sprout Organic Pouches yet? What is your toddler’s favorite flavor?
Feel free to share your favorite Sprout snacks and your own fun toddler activities for stay at home moms (and dads) in the comments below!
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