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    Default Massive list of activities!

    Can we make this thread a sticky?? It is a massive list of activities Hope this helps some people (helped me a lot when tearing my hair out earlier today ) I googled and put the list together from various sites I found


    1. Colouring In
    2. Making bubble mixture and blowing bubbles
    3. Playing Hide and Seek
    4. Playing chasings
    5. Peek A Boo
    6. Sing together or to each other
    7. Dance
    8. Collect items from around the garden or when on a walk in a basket
    9. Make an obstacle course out of cushions/furniture
    10. Make a fort out of cushions and sheets
    11. Go for a Walk
    12. Make a Car/rocket ship/house/shop out of a box
    13. Read a book
    14. Go to the park
    15. Fingerpaint
    16. Play with play-Dough
    17. Toss Bean bags into a Bucket
    18. Play board games
    19. Play with pegs and a basket
    20. Play Games on the internet
    21. Practice putting things in and taking things out of boxes and bags
    22. Roll a ball back and forth on the floor
    23. Scoop dirt or sand into a child's bucket (or use a serving spoon
    and bowl) then scoop it back over and over
    24. Stack boxes/plastic cups/tupperware on top of each other
    25. Put on a puppet show
    26. Go "pretend" fishing with a yard stick and yarn
    27. Make a Horseshoe game
    28. Make a Shape Puzzle
    29. Play paper basketball
    30. Run through a Sprinkler
    31. Play in clam pool (adult supervision required)
    32. Play with a bucket of water and a sponge (PLEASE WATCH CHILD AT ALL
    33. Make a Drum out of an oatmeal box
    34. Make Jewellry out of yarn and dried macaroni/empty loo rolls
    35. Wash windows together
    36. Bang on Pots and Pans with a spoon
    37. Brush each other's teeth
    38. Play dress-up with stuffed animals and your child's clothes
    39. Stack canned or boxed food on top of each other
    40. Let child stack mixing bowls inside each other
    41. Make a playhouse out of a large box
    42. Let child play with a sticker sheet (make sure your child doesn't
    eat them!) either putting stickers on boxes/themselves (DD loves this)/paper
    43. Put stickers on fingers for finger puppets
    44. Play a musical instrument together if you have one or make your own with empty boxes and masking tape
    45. Go on a Smelling Hunt
    46. Frost Cookies
    47. Plant a flower or vegetable plant together
    48. Roll a tennis ball into an empty trash can or bucket
    49. Draw on a mirror with dry-erase markers
    50. Play hide and seek together- trying to find a stuffed animal or
    other object
    51. Have a splash party together in the bathtub
    52. Put a leash on a stuffed animal and walk around the house
    53. Record each other on a tape recorder (great for scrapbooks or
    54. Make and try on paper hats
    55. Give a piggie back ride
    56. Play "Horsie"
    57. Talk into an electric fan (it distorts your voice) (ADULT SUPERVISION REQUIRED)
    58. Play tug-of-war with a blanket
    59. Collect flowers (felt, artificial, real...)
    60. Make a camera out of an empty box and loo rolls or paper towel rolls and go on a Safari
    61. Play games with frozen juice lids
    62. Disconnect your phone and pretend to make phone calls to relatives
    63. Leave your phone connected and really make phone calls to
    relatives- let your child talk too
    64. String large beads onto or along a shoelace
    65. Squirt each other with squirt bottles
    66. Glue shapes onto paper
    67. Make sock puppets
    68. Make paper puppets
    69. Fill an old purse with toys
    70. Use a paper towel tube as a megaphone
    71. Make binoculars and go "Bird Watching" or "Stuffed Animal Watching"
    72. Put snacks in different fun containers (paper sacks, empty
    canisters, etc.)
    73. Act out a story from a book
    74. Walk on a balance beam- use a 2x4 placed on the ground
    75. Draw with chalk on the sidewalk
    76. Sketch an outline of your child on the sidewalk or paper with chalk
    77. Paint child's palms with finger paint and blot on paper. Makes a
    great card for loved ones!
    78. Put lipstick on child and kiss a mirror
    79. Make a puddle on cement and splash barefoot in it
    80. Let child decorate and eat an open peanut butter sandwich (not for children under 2 or with allergies)
    81. Make a toilet paper barricade for child to go under, over, or
    82. Do the Hokey Pokey
    83. Make a super-hero costume out of household items
    84. Do Knee-Bouncing Rhymes
    85. Play "Red Light, Green Light" saying "Go" and "Stop"
    86. Make a shoebox train for stuffed animals
    87. Make a pillow pile to jump on (keep it clear from any hard
    surfaces, including walls!)
    88. Make an easy puzzle with felt and velcro
    89. Make bracelets or collars for stuffed animals out of pipe cleaners
    and jingle bells
    90. Learn numbers from a deck of cards
    91. Play the matching game with a deck of cards
    92. Make a domino chain
    93. Have a picnic in the park, backyard, or living room!
    94. Play dress up in Mummy or Daddy's clothes
    95. Make a tin cup telephone and talk to each other in it
    96. Make a nature collage
    97. Mirror each other
    98. Make a "Mummy Mummy" with toilet paper
    99. Make a tape recording of short music selections and instructions to
    move in different ways
    100. Make and walk along a toilet paper trail
    101. Have a Year-Round Easter Egg Hunt
    102. Sponge Paint
    103. Bake Cookies Together
    104. Clean Together
    105. Put scarves in an empty kleenex box to pull out and put in
    106. Put plastic easter eggs or small stones in a cardboard egg carton
    107. Paint the house, car, etc. with a bucket of water and clean
    108. Make your own picture book
    109. Use a paint brush to learn parts of the body
    110. Play with "Goop "
    111. Kick and Roll a Large Ball
    112. Practice marching on lines of Masking Tape
    113. Make Horns out of toilet paper rolls
    114. Use a magnifying glass to take a closer look at the world
    115. Make a tunnel out of a blanket and chair
    116. Give pretend haircuts
    117. Have a Science Experiment with Baking Soda and Vinegar
    118. Have a Parade
    119. Make Cup Dolls
    120. Play a Color Recognition Game
    121. Draw Chalk figures on the sidewalk
    122. Play Airplane
    123. Blanket Peek-a-boo
    124. Go Color Shopping
    125. Discover Musical Instruments
    126. Make Kitchen Ceramics
    127. Create your own zoo
    128. Giggle with Nonsense Syllables
    129. Check out the Library for free children's activities
    130. Make your own Alphabet Book
    131. Make Hanger People
    132. Experiment with Rainbow Water
    133. Make and decorate Trees made out of handprints
    134. Try Fruit Painting
    135. Make your own paper food plate
    136. Play the Popcorn Game
    137. Make a "Me" Mask
    138. Fill the sink with water and discover what sinks and floats
    139. Put your child in the bathtub and allow him/her to paint the sides
    with washable watercolors
    140. Plant some green bean seeds (they grow quickly)
    141. Put extra change in a piggy bank
    142. Play an echo game, take turns repeating each other
    143. Make a dry food collage
    144. Create sandy designs
    145. Personal Picture Puppets
    146. Play "Eye Spy"
    147. Make sewing cards
    148. Draw a chalk plate for your fine feathered friends
    149. Pick Berries
    150. Make a necklace out of macaroni (for fun colors, see number 69!)
    151. Make Flubber
    152. Make Index Card Books
    153. Turn your home into a neighborhood in need of mail
    154. Popcorn Art
    155. Make Styrofoam Ornaments
    156. Make your own Playdough!
    157. Let your child do her own Cooking
    158. Play the game of "The Crawling Hand"
    159. Build Snow Castles at home!
    160. Have a color day
    161. Make Silly Putty
    162. Do fun activities with Contact Paper
    163. Make a Bird Feeder
    164. Try Tubular Tunnels!
    165. Make Photo Placemats
    166. Learn some Picture Poems
    167. Design your own Wrapping Paper
    168. Play water games in the bathtub
    169. Color Macaroni and Pasta Shapes
    170. Play The Driving Game
    171. Make and eat Painted Toast
    172. Make a Sidewalk Storyboard
    173. Wash cars together
    174. Make and use your own Mailbox
    175. Make up new stories from old books
    176. Make your sidewalk a World of its own
    177. Rotate toys so they're always like new
    178. Make Craft Stick picture frames
    179. Have a Baby Powder Race
    180. Make UFO's
    181. Make a collage self portrait
    182. Make colored ice cubes
    183. Make a Chef's Hat
    184. Make a Magnetized foam jungle
    185. Play with a Bean Bag board
    186. Try Rocking in a boat
    187. Try Riding a pony without a grown-up's knee!
    188. Construct your own Bridge
    189. Let your child Dig up dinosaur bones
    190. Give your child a flashlight and watch what happens! (Hopefully not
    your good one)
    191. Let your child try on your shoes (You'll need to supervise this one
    192. Go Bowling!
    193. Try Apple Bobbing Without Water
    194. Play a game of Color Go Fish
    195. Learn to spell a name by Cheerleading Letters
    196. Play Crab and Lobster Tag
    197. Practice rolling wrists and ankles
    198. Accordian fold Paper Butterflies
    199. Trace thick foam shapes

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    200. Sort crackers by shape
    201. Play sheepdog
    202.Make shakers/cheerleading pompoms
    203.Play with streamers/ribbons and music
    204.Make clothes peg dollies
    205.Make wooden spoon dollies
    206.Trace your hands
    207.Trace your body
    208.Collage - crumpled al-foil balls on black backing paper as stars
    209. Draw with chalk on paper then use black water colour paints to do a 'wash' over the top (the chalk shows through and illuminates)
    210. Collect free postcards from cafes/other places you go to ie information centres get your kids to draw or write on them then post them off to relatives
    211. Do grocery shopping-let them count how many apples youre getting and put them in the bag etc.
    212. Get two bowels and a scooping spoon let kids scoop dried pasta from one bowl to the next
    213. Have a DVD/TV afternoon
    214. Get a big piece of cardboard let kids go through catalogues and cut out (or tear out or have adults cut out) pictures they like and use home made clag paste to stick them to the cardboard/paper then draw or paint around them to decorate
    215. Let kids help with preparing dinner/lunch/snacks ie, You chopping everything up and then giving them the chopped up things in a small bowl and letting them toss them into a mixing bowl, into the saucepan or place them on a plate
    216.COOKING CLASS – Fill several small plastic bowls with small amounts of different cereals, dried fruit, chocolate chips, pretzel pieces, etc. and put them on the kitchen table. Then set out some plastic measuring cups, wooden spoons, big plastic mixing bowls, and measuring spoons and set them to work at the table. .
    217.BATH TIME - An extra bath can keep them amused and fill in time.
    Decide what you are having for dinner and let them go shopping for the items in the pantry. Give them a small cloth shopping bag, they can then all of there shopping on the counter ready for cooking dinner.
    219.CLOTHES SORT - when folding the washing ask them to sort the washing into
    piles with you. Mummies, Daddies and theirs
    220.WATER THE GARDEN - give your child a plastic watering can and fill it up with
    water and let them "water the plants" or whatever else their little heart
    221.WATER PISTOL - A big water pistol and let them loose outside
    222.PHOTO ALBUM - Make up a photo album of extra photos that your toddler
    can look through - especially ones of family and friends.
    224.Let them help feed household pets
    225. SHAVING CREAM - Spread shaving cream on the table and let kids 'finger
    paint' and make patterns..heaps of fun…food colouring
    236.Give them a broom and let them sweep the house or back patio etc
    237.STRING PAINTING - (dip string in paint, drag over paper) - can also stick onto
    paper when finished
    238. 'NATURE HUNT' - collect bark, small twigs, seed pods etc ... make a collage out of the things you find.

    239. WINDOW WATCHING - Watch out of the window and have a chat about what
    you see.

    240. Visit the library-often they have toy libraries there
    241.Make Jelly together
    242.FRIDGE MAGNETS Buy lots of different ones and/or the alphabet ones and
    put them at toddler height. Great entertainment whilst you are cooking or washing up.
    243. ROLL OF PAPER - Roll of cheap greaseproof paper is a good one. Buy a cheap roll and let them play by rolling it up and out.
    244. FLASH CARDS - Make your own number flash cards or print some off the net and stick them onto cardboard after colouring them in. We play with them at the table after a meal and I deal them out and we play snap etc. Or I arrange them in order on the floor and they use them as stepping stones while we count out loud.
    245. WASHING - Help with hanging out the washing – They can pass and count the
    pegs as you go.

    246.PRETEND SHOPPING - at home with a little trolley and groceries

    247.FEELY BOX - where you can put favourite toys or whatever your imagination allows. Encourage your child to tell you what is in the box by feeling it. Demonstrate to them by using lots of describing words. Great one to build their vocabulary too, as well as heightening their other senses.
    248.GUESS THE FOOD - Children close their eyes and put some food samples in their mouths. Can they guess what it is?
    249.ROLLER PAINTING - Fill empty roll on deoderant bottles with paint and let them roll some pictures
    250.BALLOONS - Hang balloons from the clothes line. Make 'bats' out of a clothes wire hanger and a stocking. Stretch the hanger from the bottom to make a kind of diamond shape. Slip a stocking over the the bottom and fasten at the 'neck' of the hanger. The kiddies love this as they get to bash away at the balloons without them bursting.
    251.CHRISTMAS CHAINS - Remember we use to do them in school. Cut out strips of paper and staple or tape them together to make a chain.
    252.TRANSPORT - Go for a ride on a train, tram or bus
    253.BAG POTATOES -a 2kg bag of baby new potatoes can entertain for days. Put them in (and out and in etc) muffin tins and roasting tins, flung them around the living room, "cooked" them, did the 'hot potato' etc.
    254.VISIT THE ZOO - buy a zoo pass and go to Taronga Zoo to visit the animals - elephants one week, giraffes the next etc.
    255. SIMON SAYS - practice turn taking with "Simon says"
    256.CLAPPING GAMES play hand slapping games with songs (make them simple)
    257. Magic paintings - draw on white paper with a candle, then Paint over with water colours and see your picture emerge! Its like magic
    258. Buy some cheap brightly colored construction paper (not sure if you call it that in Oz, but it's just bright paper used for making all sorts of crafts). Take a small pile of the paper and cut out little squares, rectangles, circles, ovals, hearts, etc. Put all of the little shapes in a bowl with a lid. Let your toddler pick shapes from the bowl and then help him/her paste them onto another sheet of paper for an instant collage. Then let your toddler embellish the collage with crayon drawings -- instant masterpiece!

    259.Watch and listen out for the postie-go with child to collect the mail from the postie
    260. Feed the ducks at a local park
    261. Make fruit salad yummy yummy!
    262.Alphabet sprint-Write the letters of the alphabet in chalk on cement and as you step on each letter you have to say it. Run across the letters as fast as you can and see if you can keep up!
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    Let me know if you want any added and I will edit the post

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    That list is massive!!!! It must have taken you forever to do!!! I think I will read over it again tomorrow morning with fresh eyes!!!

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    thanks guys Took me a while but I was happy to do it, wanted to spare anyone else this feeling that I got this morning

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    oh wow! I am so printing that out!!!

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    Thats excellent! I was starting to get a bit stuck for ideas. I'll start working my way through first thing tomorrow.

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    Alphabet sprint
    Write the letters of the alphabet in chalk on cement and as you step on each letter you have to say it. Run across the letters as fast as you can and see if you can keep up!

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    I cant believe you wrote all that out! well done and thanks!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by m_jelly View Post
    Alphabet sprint
    Write the letters of the alphabet in chalk on cement and as you step on each letter you have to say it. Run across the letters as fast as you can and see if you can keep up!
    thanks m_jelly! Great idea! Adding it to the list now!


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