Keeping Toddlers Busy

What materials do you have laying around the house? Here are a few ways to keep your toddler busy with common household items.

1. Shoe Box Poke


  • Shoebox
  • Cotton Swabs

Step One

Take your pen or pencil and punch holes into the lid of your shoe box. (I spaced my holes evenly around and purposefully around the design of the lid… because I’m crazy.)

Step Two

Just kidding, there is no step two. You’re already finished!

You can easily provide a good fifteen minutes or so of entertainment for your toddler by bringing out this shoe box. My daughter loves to poke the cotton swabs through the holes, lift the lid, pull them out the other side, and store them in the bottom half of the box.

This DIY toy is good for fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination!

2. Vertical Maze


  • Paper Towel Rolls
  • Toilet Paper Rolls

Has quarantine left you with a ton of paper town and toilet paper rolls? Tape them to your wall to create a vertical maze! You can drop anything in here: pom poms, Styrofoam balls, etc.

In addition to dropping them down the tubes, she like to see where they were going to come out and then chase them down the hallway when they went rolling! (I tried putting a cup at the bottom, as pictured, to catch the balls – but she just kept stealing the cup!)

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