140 Simple and Amazing Learning Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Posted July 18, 2016 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts / 35 Comments

As a busy working mom, I just don’t have the time to come up with intricate and exciting learning activities for my toddler. It is one of my sources of mom guilt, but there is just not enough time in the day, nor do I have the energy left by the time the weekend rolls around.

Many stay at home moms take their sweet babies to children’s museums and playgrounds and libraries for toddler time and have the toddlers practice fine motor skills.

Us working moms, though, we just do the best we can on weekends – when most of these fun toddler-friendly activities are not going on. So what do we do?

We search Pinterest or read blogs and find fun ideas for things we can try at home. We pin, bookmark, and have every intention of doing all the fun stuff we scroll through on our phone in between meetings, but in reality, we just don’t get around to it.

Simple Learning Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

That’s why this specific book (DISCOVER + PLAY + ENGAGE + LEARN) caught my attention. It grabbed me so hard I actually bought it.

I so rarely actually buy stuff, because I don’t want them to just sit around in my virtual folders and never get used. But this one? I printed it out. See?


And we’ve started doing some of these activities!

The DISCOVER + PLAY + ENGAGE + LEARN eBooks have a combined 20 weeks of activities that are perfect for the early years. Fun ways to get kids moving, work on fine motor, do arts and craft projects and have fun as a family! Each weekly plan includes a handy supply list and activities broken down to know exactly what to do in a simple sentence or two.

This right here is what sold me on this ebook. Simple instructions, a simple list of things you need, and lots of easy, fun learning activities!



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I mentioned that we started doing some of these learning activities with my toddler. I know you want to see!

Here’s one that is a simple activity of using double-sided tape, or contact paper as the activity book recommends, to practice sticking objects to the paper and making a design. This is great for a tactile activity with feeling various objects and arranging them, and also good for dexterity.


Learning Activities for Toddlers - Sticking Objects to Sticky Paper


Here’s another one that we just loved! I bought contact paper that is a chalkboard style, so we could use it again and again, and we added it to a cardboard box panel. Then we let my little one-year-old draw with chalk. This is from his very first time. Isn’t it gorgeous? He drew me a mountain! This totally went on my fridge!


Learning Activities for Toddlers - Chalk Art


As you can see, we’re making great use of this book already. I LOVE that it contains activities specifically for ONE-year-olds and a separate section for TWO-year-olds. Why? Because most “toddler activities” books are too advanced for my boy. He can’t lace things yet or arrange items by amount.

I’ve noticed a serious lack of activities specifically for this stage until I found this ebook by Hands on as We Grow. I was very impressed with it and quite pleased with my purchase, and so I wanted to share that mom win with you!

>>> Check out the DISCOVER + PLAY + ENGAGE + LEARN books


Who needs these Discover, Play, Engage, and Learn books?

  • Moms who want to do activities with their toddlers
  • Moms who don’t have time to research activity ideas
  • Working Moms, like me, who just want a simple plan to engage with our kids in the limited time we have
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What are the benefits of these books?

  • The books split up the activities by age rather than “toddler”.
  • There is a special book just for one-year-olds! This was what hooked me!
  • These activities are simple in their instructions and use simple, common items
  • The individual books are listed for $12/each, but this bundle of 4 books sells for $36!

Are you ready to join me in doing these wonderful learning activities with your toddler? Let’s help our little ones grow and develop in play, even if we only have a little time on the weekends in which to engage in these activities.


To help you out in planning your toddler’s activities, I made you a present! Check out this lovely little monthly activity planner. You can fill in the dates and decide what fun activities you will do and when (based on what works for your schedule).


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What learning activities for toddlers do you have planned to do with your child? Grab your copy of DISCOVER + PLAY + ENGAGE + LEARN and let’s enjoy some special learning activities with toddlers.



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JuliepicI'm Julie, a new mom who works full time and blogs, all while wishing I had more time to read fun books. I write about being a first time working mom in order to help myself and other working moms in our journeys to find balance between family, responsibilities, and hobbies so we can thrive both at home and at work.
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35 responses to “140 Simple and Amazing Learning Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

  1. This is such a fab resource I remember when my little one was one and two I spent all my days doing stuff like this! Thanks so much for linking up to #coolmumclub with this post. X

  2. It’s been a while since I’ve done any contact paper activities with my daughter so I may have to bring it out again. She’s a little older than your boy (2.5yrs) and has just learnt to use toddler scissors so we can extend the activity to include cutting up the paper too. #KCACOLS

  3. sounds fab! I love finding new things to do with my boy, age 3. pom poms are one of our fave cheapy play items. he simply loves throwing them about everywhere!!#KCACOLS

  4. I have the same problem, so many good intentions, activities pinned, etc, but don’t get round to doing very many! This book looks great, and short and simple instructions are just what we need. #KCACOLS

  5. These activities sounds great! I always have the best intentions to do lots of activities with my boys but they never seem to end up materialising! #KCACOLS

  6. I love the activities that you and your son did! I wonder if we have ‘contact’ paper like the chalkboard style etc, in the Uk? It looks great and the ebook sounds fabulous too. Enjoy and put a few drawings aside too look at when he’s older. Thanks for joining the #weekendblogshare

  7. These are great activities. We used the double sided tape ideas with my day care classroom of baby-1 yr olds. They loved it! Thanks for sharing with us at all at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week.

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