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Inside: These 20 kid-approved toddler games are designed to keep kids busy, quiet and engaged while waiting or on-the-go.
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Parents know keeping kids occupied on-the-go is crucial for a peaceful trip. These 20 kid-approved toddler games are designed to keep kids busy, quiet, and engaged while waiting. They are perfect for running errands, long appointments, restaurant meals, and more. The best part? Many are educational too.
Kid-Approved Quiet Toddler Games to Make Waiting Fun
When my toddlers are busy and having fun, it makes my life so much easier, especially if we are stuck somewhere waiting. These fun toddler games can be prepped beforehand and easily stored in a diaper bag, small bin, or even in the car to grab as you run out of the house.
20 Toddler Games
1. I Spy
Play this classic game by taking turns giving each other clues about something you see.
2. Velcro Popsicle Sticks
Attach Velcro to the end of each popsicle stick and put in a small container. This fun little kid game can provide great fine motor skill development as they practice building with the popsicle sticks.
Puzzles are a great way to help kids practice problem-solving skills.
4. Sorting Buttons
Gather a few small containers with lids, old playdough containers work great for this and cut a small slit in the top. Then, let little ones practice sorting buttons by color, shape, the number of holes and more.
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5. Online Learning Website Games
There are many free online websites for kids that provide learning games for kids. My kids love to play games online, especially when we are out running errands. I love using XFINITY WiFi because I can avoid using up my data with this nationwide network of millions of hotspots that keeps me connected to the Internet around town. I can simply connect using the XFINITY WiFi Hotspots app or use the hotspot finder. Click here to learn more.
Here is a list of 10 of my favorite learning websites for kids.
6. Sorting Pom-Poms
Sorting pom-pom is a fun sensory activity for little ones. I like to use a few small stackable bowls for this game.
7. Stringing Beads
Toddlers can string beads on pipe cleaners as fine motor practice. For an added challenge, they can create patterns with the beads.
8. Sticky Notes & Crayons
My little ones love this. All you need is a pad of sticky note and some crayons.
9. Portable LEGO Kit
Using a small rectangle container and some blocks and you’ve got a portable LEGO kit.
Flashcards are a fun way to reinforce learning while also entertaining kids.
11. I Spy Bottles
Fill a container or bottle with rice and several small toys and seal the lid. Then, you child can play a game finding objects by looking through the outside of the container.Coloring
Coloring is a super easy activity for kids and it’s great for when you are on the go.
13. Homemade Felt Designs
Create designs out of felt like body parts for the face, pieces of a truck, or a toolkit. If you need a template, you can find some here.
Bingo is so much fun and a great way to practice developing skills.
15. Lacing Practice
Little ones can lace beads on string or practice threading a lace through holes punched in cardboard.
16. Go Fish
Go fish is a kid-approved classic. Each player gets five cards to start. Then, if you are dealt a four of a kind, or get four of a kind during the game, those cards are removed from your hand, and you get a point. Moving clockwise, players take turns asking a specific player for a card.
17. Playdough Play
Playing with playdough is so much fun. Preschoolers can practice making a character from their favorite book, shapes, animals, and more.
18. Cereal Bracelets
Using your child’s favorite ring-shaped cereal and some string, they can thread the cereal on to make a bracelet and then have it for a snack.
Decorate paper or a recycled paper roll with stickers.
20. Magnetic Letter Sort
Using a small metal pan and a container of magnetic letters, kids can have fun sorting letters, make words and more.
What are your favorite toddler games? Share in the comments below.