There is nothing better than watching your baby learn new things. As my daughters grew into little toddlers, their love for learning grew as well. Don’t feel stressed about teaching your toddler at home; it’s super easy to do and at their ages they are little sponges that love to absorb everything that comes their way. These fun learning activities for toddlers that I’m about to share with you, are ones that I use with my daughters regularly.
They’re all cheap, simple, and effective ways to teach your toddler(s) at home. Plus, the best thing is that they introduce new objects/colors/etc. to your little ones. This is great because it gets their attention quickly which is what you want when you are trying to teach a new concept.
Fun Learning Activities For Toddlers
These activities dive into the areas of counting, spelling, letter and number recognition, sorting, classifying, as well as name and color recognition.
1. Letter Matching
2. Shape Matching
3. Learn To Count With Snacks
4. DIY Shape Puzzles
All you need for this activity is cardboard, scissors, and sticky back foam paper. Cut your cardboard into squares, cut shapes out of your foam paper and stick them in your cardboard squares. Cut in half and you’re good to go.
5. Caterpillar Counting
Tip: You don’t need to have googly eyes, perfect circles, etc. to do this activity with your little ones. Drawing everything by hand teaches the concept just the same!
6. Trace The Shapes With Stickers
7. Wipe Clean Cards
I use blank sentence strips to write letters, numbers, sight words, and my daughters names on in a light colored highlighter. Then, I run them through the laminator. Anything to do with dry erase markers and erasers are always a hit with toddlers!
8. Find The Number Game
Tip: You need two sets of number stickers for this activity. I just use these blank white dot stickers and write numbers on them myself. (they’re super cheap)
Put a set of numbered stickers on a piece of construction paper. Then, have your little one search for each numbered sticker and place its matching sticker on top.
9. Find The Letter Game
Just like the “find the number game”, but with letters!
You can mix this up and try using only letters they are struggling to recognize or use just the letters in their name.
10. Sticker Your Name
Tip: Use stickers that are images of things that interest your toddlers to keep their attention longer!
11. Fill The Cup
Tip: You don’t have to use cupcake liners for this activity. As you can see, I ran out and used construction paper. For a mini muffin pan, a traced bottle cap is the perfect size to fit into the holes. Depending on how dark your pan is, you can also use a dry erase marker instead.
You can also try this activity using beads and snacks!
12. Wipe Clean Books
These are a HIT with my girls. They that they get to use dry erase markers and erasers. A great way to get them to enjoy learning.
13. Coin Sorting
14. Foreign Language Learning
If you’re like us and teaching your kids a second language, you’ll love this book. My girls genuinely love flipping through the pages and saying all of the “Fwench” words!
15. Sand Writing
I wanted to find this exact tray for y’all, but I wasn’t able to find it anywhere. So, I searched around to find one that has the most important feature–the card tray!
16. Match The Letters
My very first letter learning activity I came up with for my oldest daughter to learn from. It’s still a favorite to this day because for some reason both my daughters love playing with the popsicle sticks. So, give this one a try, it may be a hit for your toddler(s) as well!
17. Color Sorting
Tip: This is one of my favorite things to do with my girls to reinforce their color recognition. I wrote a post about the 9 different ways I teach my toddlers colors at home, and you can read it here.
I hope you get a chance to try some of these fun learning activities for toddlers with your little ones. If you do, let me know in the comments, I love hearing from you!