Fun Activities for Toddlers

When caring for toddlers, many wonder what types of activities are not only appropriate but engaging for the children in their care. At Care Courses we have many courses specifically about caring for toddlers and the various activities to cater to their specific developmental needs.

Today we are going to focus on some ideas from our course, Day by Day with Toddlers.

Play dough is a wonderful teaching tool for toddlers. Children start by poking and pinching the claylike substance and eventually start to try and mold it into various shapes. For an even more exciting and hands-on lesson, you can make your own homemade play dough with the following recipe:

You Will Need

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Food coloring or dry tempera (optional)


  1. Mix ingredients together
  2. Cook for three minutes stirring constantly in a nonstick saucepan
  3. Oil your hands and knead until smooth
  4. Store the play dough in a zip-lock plastic bag in the refrigerator – the dough will keep indefinitely

Toddlers also need a variety of movement activities to develop large motor control, muscle strength, motor planning, and coordination. Talk to toddlers as they practice the following motor activities:

  • Crawling
  • Cruising and Walking
  • Riding
  • Dancing
  • Rocking
  • Climbing
  • Jumping
  • Rolling, Throwing, and Kicking

In our course, Day by Day with Toddlers, we discuss many different activities for toddlers and why they are important.

Want to learn more? Visit the course information page on our website.

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