Friday, March 31, 2017

Drop and Dump Toddler Lid Activity

We made it through 5 DAYS OF TODDLER ACTIVITIES as part of our 10 Days of Toddler Activities Challenge and I am having so much fun! My daughter is too... and I've actually come up with so many more activity ideas for my preschooler while we've been having fun with my toddler! You can follow along with me on Instagram (I'm @kristinatoddlerapproved) to see the materials you'll need and activities as they are shared! I'm updating our landing page each day as well!

Today's activity is the simplest ever, but it was so fun and keep her occupied and exploring for a long time! We did a Drop & Dump Toddler Activity using lids!

For this activity you just need two things!


  • lids
  • big tupperwares
I collect all sorts of lids and keep them in a huge container that we pull out again and again. My favorite lids are play-doh container lids and baby food jar lids. I only really keep large lids, since I get worried with the small lids that my toddler might choke on them and I like to keep them in an easy to pull out container for every day play.

To start off, she just transferred the lids from one tupperware to the other tupperware.

She loved hearing the sound of the lids drop into the tupperware and make a loud thud sound.

She also loved dumping out the lids again and again and stacking the tupperware together. She thought it was so funny to have to bring them to me to separate again and again and again.

Easy Peasy toddler activities are always my favorite! If you've missed any of our other activities this week, check them out below.

Don't forget to follow along with our 10 Days of Toddler Activities and join me over on Instagram. I am @kristinatoddlerapproved.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

PVC Pipe Ball Drop for Kids

Today's activity can be for a variety of ages, not just toddlers! All four of my kids (right now ages 9,6,4,1) had fun with our PVC Pipe Ball drop!

We are doing a 10 Days of Toddler Activities Challenge and we are on DAY 3! Follow me on Instagram and see the activities daily (I'm @kristinatoddlerapproved) Each day we are sharing a simple activity that you can try with your toddler! The materials are pretty simple, though sometimes we have a few specific things you need that you might not have at home. We post the materials the night beforehand on Instagram stories. Most of these activities are exciting for older kids too!

Our PVC Pipe Ball Drop is a fun way to work on hand-eye coordination and get kids moving!

The materials are pretty simple! We visited Home Depot for a few items that we didn't already have!


  • PVC pipe elbow pieces (I used 3 inch pieces)
  • DUCT tape
  • large plastic tub
  • plastic balls (or other types of balls)


Just grab some DUCT tape and tape the PVC Pipe elbows to the side of your plastic tub. I used two layers of tape to make sure the pipes were extra secure. If you have kids that hang on these or sit on them, they will pull off... but otherwise, ours stayed put for a long time! 

Set up some plastic balls or any other toy that can fit through the 3 inch wide pipe.

Tell the kids they can start playing! I didn't really direct them WHAT to do, they just figured out that the ball tunnels were fun to use.

They tried to throw a few in at a time.

My older son and daughter liked using the pipes as basketball hoops and they started close to the tub and kept moving further and further back trying to score baskets. It was hard and they kept at it for a long time!

I love finding activities that all of my kids can have fun with! 

Have you ever used PVC pipe for any projects before? 

If you want want a more permanent PVC Pipe ball drop you can use suction cups or screws to secure these to a plastic tub or a window. Here are a few other favorite PVC Pipe ideas that we want to try!

Don't forget to follow along with our 10 Days of Toddler Activities and join me over on Instagram. I am @kristinatoddlerapproved.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Toddler Painting in a Box

Oh my goodness friends, this was so fun!! Have you painted with your babes before? This was my daughter's first full body painting experience and it was awesome! She loved it for awhile and then when she was done, SHE WAS DONE.

We're doing 10 days of simple toddler activities and today is Day 2! You can follow along with me on Instagram (I'm @kristinatoddlerapproved) to see the materials you'll need and activities as they are shared! I'm updating our landing page each day as well! This might be my favorite series ever!


  • *non-toxic washable finger paint (or something edible if your child still tries to eat everything!)
  • large cardboard box
  • easel paper
  • tape
  • scissors

* Yogurt and food coloring is a great paint for kids that still try and eat everything!

None of the activities I am sharing are hard! This painting in a box activity is a full body experience and such a neat sensory one too!

To contain the mess, I keep a towel right next to the box! The second my kids are done painting, I wrap them up in the towel (so I don't get covered in paint) and then I drop them in the bathtub.

Sure, you could just paint in the bathtub... but I'd much rather paint in the box and preserve those little fingers and toys forever on paper. The footprints are adorable!

My daughter was especially fascinated by dipping her face and head into the paint! I think the sensation of paint on her face surprised her. It was hard to tell if she liked it or not.

After a lot of stomping and squishing (and some tasting), she was done and we had a nice colorful bath!

If you haven't tried this before, I dare you to do it! It is so fun!

Here are a few other favorite toddler painting activities...

Don't forget to follow along with our 10 Days of Toddler Activities and join me over on Instagram. I am @kristinatoddlerapproved.

Drip Drop Toddler Car Wash

We kicked off our 10 days of simple toddler play challenge with a super easy and wet activity that is always a hit at our house! 

We had a CAR WASH! This has been a favorite since my oldest was little (check out these pictures here from our first car wash years ago!). It was so fun to try this activity with my littlest and see her having so much fun!

You only need a few materials and water and it is fun to just sit nearby and watch kids play and explore!


  • Big plastic tub (or bathtub)
  • Cars/trucks (that can go in water)
  • Squeezers and squirters (I especially love turkey basters)
  • Cups & pitchers & measuring cups for pouring  
  • Water!!


Toss all of the materials in the tub with some water and let the kids play! I like to take time introducing each item to my toddler and teaching her how it works. I also had my older kids help me out a bit since my daughter is always more interested in copying them than me!

We splashed, squirted, poured, and drank! I teased over on Instagram (follow me at @kristinatoddlerapproved if you don't already) that this was my daughter's "drinking tub."

If you have a little one learning to use cups, this is a simple way to practice! My daughter loved sipping using her cups and it wasn't a big deal if she spilled it all over since she was in water already.

Eventually my preschooler jumped in the tub too and had fun squirting the cars alongside my daughter. Although this activity could also be done in the bathtub, there is something extra fun about doing it right in the middle of the kitchen!

Have you ever tried a car wash with your kids before?

We love doing this outside with our large ride on toys and also using spray bottles to wash our minivan too! There are so many fun ways to play with water- here are 20 water play ideas for toddlers!

Do you have any other favorite water play activities?

Check out our 10 Days of Simple Toddler Activities Challenge landing page HERE to see what we are up to next!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bunny Color Hop for Toddlers and Preschoolers

I love crafting, but my kids love MOVING! I love taking different themes and finding simple movement activities to do along with them. We've repeated this simple style of movement game a few times, for various themes, and it is always a hit! (This post contains Amazon Affiliate links.)

This week we are featuring Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems and it is BUNNY WEEK! We are so excited about bunny week that we are literally *jumping* for joy throughout this activity! We've shared bunny patterning and other bunny crafts and this activity is a fun one to add to your repertoire!



To get started you just need to print off the bunny printables and tape them to the floor! You can laminate them if you want them to last longer. I use painters tape on the floor so that it doesn't leave any residue. Make sure to tape them securely to the floor so that kids can't slip.

Put the cards in any order or positions that you want!

Next you are ready to start playing!

For little toddlers I say a COLOR and then the kids hop to the bunny that is that color.

For older toddlers/preschoolers we talk about the letter that the color starts with. I might say, "Jump to the bunny that's color starts with R." The kids will yell red and hop over to the red bunny.

Sometimes I will just tell the kids to hop around wherever they want and yell the color of the bunny that they are hopping on once they reach it.

Our goal is to jump as high as possible.

After we jumped for awhile we reorganized our cards and played BUNNY COLOR HOPSCOTCH.

While we jumped we said the colors we landed on!

We also took turns throwing a bean bag onto the bunny hopscotch board. Whatever bunny it landed on would have to be skipped while we hopped. We made sure to yell that color name as well!

The whole goal of this activity was so have fun and work on simple color recognition. My son wanted to work on color names/spelling as well, so I added that in!

Have you ever played hopscotch with your kids before? Do you think they can hop like bunnies?

Join us for BUNNY WEEK and check out all of the fun bunny themed activities shared by our Virtual Book Club for Kids co-hosts! They always come up with such fun ideas! Scroll down to see them all.

Sidewalk Chalk Bunny Alphabet Game - The Educators' Spin On It
Bunny Hop Number Line Game- Teach Beside Me
Shredded Paper Bunny Craft - Artsy Momma
Hopping Bunnies | A Measurement Activity for Kids - Inspiration Laboratories
How to make homemade Bunny Crayons - Messy Little Monster
Knuffle Bunny Color Exploration Activity
Bunny Color Hop for Toddlers and Preschoolers- Toddler Approved
Eraser Stamped Bunnies - Mama Smiles
Bunny Hop Shape Challenge - Rainy Day Mum


Sunday, March 26, 2017

10 Days of Simple Toddler Activities Challenge

My littlest daughter is about 14 months old and is SO FUN to play with right now! Little toddlers are so curious and energetic and it is fun to watch! There are so many fun ways to play with them!

Most of my day is spent shuttling my older kids around, running errands, making sure naps happen, and cleaning my house! With four kids, plus my job, plus an active social life, there is often very little time to play. Trying to find time to fit in playtime with my daughter is tricky. I miss the days when I had my oldest two kids and they hadn't started school yet and we could play all day! We did so many neat projects and went on so many adventures.

In an attempt to let my littlest experience just a little taste of what my big kids enjoyed, I am setting a goal to do AT LEAST ONE simple toddler-friendly activity with my daughter each day over the next 10 days (weekdays!). I'll be sharing the activities over on Instagram (I'm @kristinatoddlerapproved) and linking them on this page. I may also share a few brief activities here on the blog too, but I'll make sure to link them to this page as well. That way if you bookmark/pin this page, it will be easy to find all 10 days. Just scroll down and they will be here for you! 

Over the next 10 weekdays I will share the materials that will be needed for each activity the day beforehand on Instagram stories. 

Do you follow me on Instagram yet? I'm @kristinatoddlerapproved and I love posting photos of our family, simple activities, and occasionally inspirational quotes.

This photo below was posted on my @kristinatoddlerapproved Instagram Stories tonight. These things will be used to help us have fun with our simple toddler activity tomorrow. 

I'll try and post our daily activity sometime in the morning each day (California time) so that you can try it out! Feel free to use the hashtag #simpletoddlerplay if you try out one of the activities that we suggest and post a photo of it on social media. It is always fun to have other people join us when we do challenges!

If you're looking for additional toddler play ideas, here are links to a few other favorites...

Simple Toddler Play Activities

10 Quick & Easy Toddler Play Ideas

If you want to participate in this series (or just lurk and check out all of the ideas), here's what I'd like you to do...

1. Try out the same activity I do and post a photo on Instagram (and tag me so I can see it)

2. OR do your own super simple toddler activity and tag me in it when you post (I'm @kristinatoddlerapproved)

3. Make sure to label any photos you post on Instagram with the hashtag #simpletoddlerplay so that EVERYONE following along can check out your activity too.

If you're not on Instagram, don't worry! You can still share photos or tell us your ideas. Just add them to the comments here or pop over and share any photos on our Toddler Approved Facebook Wall.

Make sure you pop over to my Instagram account later today and check out what we're up to. Look for the #simpletoddlerplay hashtag since I share other random things on there too!











Need some other toddler ideas? Did you know I have an e-book?

Zero to Two: The Book of Play (my e-book) is full of fun activities for babies and toddlers. Many of these activities provide great opportunities for speech and language development. Download your copy here!
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