To help you plan your toddler routine at home, we prepared a list of 99+ easy, no-prep, daily toddler activities. You can easily combine them and see what works for you and your little one. The great thing about them is that you can set them up in no time and they are pretty engaging for toddlers and preschoolers. Learning can be so much fun, when you change things up!
When we put this toddler activities list together, we took into account, that especially in our early years, we all develop a large web of skills. Specifically, those skills include language skills, physical skills, math skills and social skills. In fact, all of these skills are interdepend and influences each other.
Therefore, these 99+ toddler activities cover all these 4 areas and can be done not only at home and indoors, but also outdoors.
Daily Toddler Activities – Toddler Routine Printable
Motherhood and parenting in general is sometimes kind of overwhelming, because you have not only the responsibility for yourself but also for your family. At times, it seems that we do not have even resources for ourselves and we are stressed out a lot. Thus, it’s pretty easy to lose sight of the “big picture” and what really matters.
Therefore, we went even one step further and created a simple system to track our toddler’s daily activities and routine. In this way, we can make sure, that we offer our little ones enough diversity, learning and fun everyday. We, parents want them to be happy and thrive everyday.
You can use this Daily Toddler Activities Free Printable with checkmark system, if you want to keep track of the activities your toddler does every day. It can help you for example discover the interests and talents of your toddler. Also, you will be able to see what they love to repeat and which are the areas, you might need to help them to build-out further.
Moreover, we included also a sample toddler schedule at home, that shows in detail the daily activities routine of a 2-year-old.
Daily Toddler Activities Areas
Our 99+ activities cover 4 main areas:
- Physical activities
- Social activities
- Language activities
- Math activities.
Specifically in our case, physical activities target as the name implies the physical development of the child. Therefore, they embrace the three kind of very important activities for the development of every child – gross motor, fine motor and sensory activities.
We define social activities as every activity that helps the child not only to develop social and emotional intelligence but also develop and improve their life skills. Therefore, in our case social activities embrace art activities, dance & music, and practical life activities such self-care, care for the others, cooking, cleaning, doing groceries etc.
Furthermore, we define language activities as every activity that mainly targets the speech and literacy development.
Finally, math activities include every activity that targets mainly logical thinking, problem-solving, number sense, representation, estimation and measurement.
Certainly, every activity can be variated and cover at least two areas from the above mentioned. For example, a simple activity as walking in the park will be normally classified as a physical gross motor activity. However, you can add different elements to the activity and support other areas of your toddler’s development too. For instance, you can add a math element and ask them to count or count with them their steps. Or, you can look around and ask them to name the objects around, to support their language development for example.
Whatever, you decide to do, remember to have fun and enjoy playing and your time with your little one.
1. Daily Toddler Activities – Physical Activities
You can find videos and details to every gross motor activity on the list below here.
7. Fly like …
8. One Little Person Jumping on the Bed
9. Chasing Bubbles or Balloons
11. Crawling through Chair Tunnels
12. Up and Down on the Step Board
13. Stairs up and Stairs down
14. Spinning around
15. Flying Clock
16. Jumping over Obstacles
17. Riding on a Hobby Horse
18. Follow the Line
19. Sliding in a Box
20. Climbing on a Human
22. Yoga Time
23. Basket Ball
24. Shape up
26. Sliding on a yoga mat
27. Toddler on a Broom
29. Cycling in the air
30. Ribbon Rhythmic Gymnastics
32. Hot Lava Game
33. Splashing around
34. Pillow Fight
You can find videos and details to every activity on the list here.
36. Doing jigsaw puzzles
39. Finger painting
41. Stacking blocks
42. Ball in a bottle
43. Colouring Pages
44. Tracing Shapes
45. Fishing Frozen Fishes
46. Wine cork in a bottle
48. Cutting with knife or scissors, peeling with a peeler
49. Opening and closing bottles and jars
50. Chase that egg
51. Spooning balls
52. Pretend play cooking
53. Straw and Wooden Coffee Stirrers
54. Ball soup
55. Straw in a Cup
57. Play with Sticks
You can find videos and details to every activity on the list here.
58. Chase the light beam
59. My Toys on the Wall – Mini Home Cinema sensory play
60. Chase the sun bunny
61. Light and shadow show
62. Hot and cold with Hotwheels Changing Colors Cars
63. Pouring Water
64. Tell me the fruit
2. Daily Toddler Activities – Social activities
Music & Dance
65. Singing Nursery Rhymes
66. Listening to radio and dancing
Activity # 2. Dancing Queen
69. Visiting a Gallery
70. Emotions – Make a face – make a silly, angry, happy, surprised face.
71. Putting toys away (with help)
72. Doing grocery shopping and helping to unpack
73. Washing fruits & vegetables
74. Helping with preparation of food
75. Helping with setting and clearing the table
76. Washing their plates (with help) and helping to empty the dishwasher
77. Sorting, folding and putting away laundry
78. Cleaning (toys, tools, playground, environment etc.)
80. Watering plants
3. Daily Toddler Activities – Language Activities
81. Name the animal
82. I spy
83. First Books
84. Reading together
85. Trace the letters
86. A is for…
90. Watching Educational Videos
4. Daily Toddler Activities – Math activities
You can find details and videos to the activities below here.
Math Activities for Toddlers – Number Sense & Representation
96. Set the table
Math activities for toddlers – Spatial sense
103. Balls in the sand
Math activities for toddlers – Measurement & Estimation
Math activities for toddlers – Patters & Problem-Solving
Benefits for your child from being active
Let’s put it this way – the benefits for your child from being active at least 180 min a day are:
- Having fun and being happy.
- Help achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
- Build strong bones and muscles.
- Improve balance, movement and co-ordination skills.
- Promote social skills through interactions with people.
- Support brain development.
- Encourage self-confidence and independence.
- Whatever their level of ability, children need to be active.