25 low-prep activity ideas that will make young kids happy {+ printable list}

Raluca Loteanu October 26, 2017
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If you are looking for easy activities for toddlers and preschoolers, this list will give you the inspiration that you need!

Have you ever felt that you don’t have any idea what new activity to try with your child? Or that you found a lot of ideas but you just don’t get to put them into practice?

If you had, I totally know how it feels! I’ve gone through moments when I had no inspiration when my son wanted us to try something new. And I’ve also gone through moments when I had a whole board of play ideas for young kids on Pinterest but I never really put them into practice!

So some months ago I decided to create a list of easy activities that are great for my son’s age. I wanted them to be easy to set, with little or no preparation. And most of all I wanted them to be fun!

I’ve gathered 25 ideas that he enjoys a lot and I use this list anytime I need some inspiration! No matter how busy or tired I am, I always have at hand a nice activity to do with my son!

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If you are looking for new activities to try with your kids or you just want to find simple and easy-to-set ideas to keep your kids entertained, I think that you’ll like this list too!

The best thing about these activities is that you can put them into practice using only items that you already have at home!

For me, it was helpful to have all the ideas at hand anytime, so I’ve created a downloadable file that you can save on your computer (or phone) to be able to access the ideas when you need them! You can download the list using the form at the end of the article.

Some of our favorite ideas

We enjoy all the activities on the list but my son has some favorite ideas that we use over and over again!

So I’ll share here his top 5 activities, in case you want to start with them!

Color hunt

Invite your kids to a color hunt in the house. You just need a paper and some colored markers. Draw small boxes of each color and invite your children to check them as they find items of every color.

easy activities for toddlersphoto credit: Anna Grigorjeva / shutterstock.com

Basketball for young kids

Create your own basketball game at home! You’ll need a laundry basket, tape, and some small balls. If you don’t have balls at hand you can use rolled-up socks instead. Use the tape to draw a line on the floor and place the basket at some distance depending on the children’s ages.

Invite the kids to stay behind the line and throw the balls (or socks) to hit the basket. At any set of throws, you count the number of hits and challenge the children to improve their performance!

Bathtub painting

Let your children paint with their hands in the bathtub. Use child-friendly washable paint and let them express their creativity in a messy way. At the end, you will be able to clean everything with the shower in a couple of minutes.

Sensory bins

Play with sensory bins! This activity is a great learning opportunity and it can also keep kids busy for a long time.

There are a lot of alternatives for creating a sensory bin. You can start by putting rice, uncooked pasta, oats, cereal, shells, big beads, and any other child-friendly objects in a big bin.

Just add some plastic cups, a spoon, and other little containers and let your kids play with them! They will love to explore the objects, to transfer them or even sort them.

Blanket fort

Create a blanket fort and invite your kids to use it as a tiny house for them and their toys. The simple way to create a fort is just to throw a blanket or a sheet over a small table.

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Download the list of 25 activity ideas for young kids

If you liked these 5 ideas, I’m sure that you’ll like the other ones on the list too! The activities are suitable for toddlers or preschoolers.

The list contains 21 ideas that you can try at home (with little or no preparation) and 4 additional ideas that you can try outdoor.

To download the list you just need to subscribe using the below form.

I hope that you will enjoy the ideas as much as we do! And I wish you a lot of happy and playful moments with your kids!

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If you are looking for easy activities for toddlers and preschoolers, this list will give you the inspiration that you need! | Activity ideas for kids | Toddler activities
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