Who thought that one ball and some empty paper towel rolls can keep your toddler busy for an hour? Few days ago, I saw on Pinterest a video of toddler playing with a ball and paper cups taped to a window. The little one seemed really engaged, so I decided to try out similar ball drop activity at home with our 2-year-old.

Busy Toddler with a Ball Drop

I did not have any paper cups at home and since going outside is not an option anymore, I checked our paper trash. Look here! Perfect! Three empty paper towel rolls! Great find! So, I could set it up 5 minutes. Eventually afterwards, I could work for an hour, if our little one gets hooked on this activity. One busy toddler with no mess – simply a dream come true.

Well worth to try it out! Here is what you need:


  1. 3 empty paper towel rolls
  2. Small ball


  1. Scissors
  2. Tape
Busy Toddler with a Ball Drop


Firstly, cut each of the paper towel rolls in 3. Then, write the numbers from 1 to 9 on each piece. Cut a hole into the first piece, so the ball can go easily through.

Then tape the pieces to the window or to the wall with tape. Make sure that they are close enough to each other, so the ball can go through all of them easily. I taped them C-shaped.

That’s it. Invite your little one to try it out!

One Busy Toddler

Mission busy toddler completed. Check it out for yourself. It worked great with a ball and with his Hot Wheels cars. Therefore, I call it simple ball and car drop.

You can set it up in five minutes and your little one can practice fine motor, gross motor and math skills for a while!

Happy Playing!

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