Wander the aisles of your local dollar store and fill up on goodies that are sure to entertain your kiddos. Below are a few activities you can throw together with simple materials available from the dollar store, although you may already have most of them at home. Keep them in a bin and store away when not in use. Pull out in times of need, ie: prepping dinner, making doctor appointments, checking email, writing a blog post, etc.
Animal Bath: Fill a bin with an inch or two of water, add some plastic animals and a sponge. Use a plastic table cloth as a catch-all and for easy clean up. Let your little ones give their animals a “bath”. Add some dish soap for some bubbles, or not if you have someone who eats everything.
Push and Pull Garden: Poke artificial flowers through a colander, let your little one “pick” flowers for you! For a toddler, show them how to weave pipe cleaners in and out of the holes then let them work it themselves.
Stainless Steel Fridge Fix: Baking Sheets double as a magnetic refrigerator. Add magnetic letters for spelling fun.
Tummy Time: mirrors, paper cups, bubbles, masking tape sticky balls, balloons, and items of various textures (cleaning cloths, hairbrush, gift bows, measuring cups, flashlights, practically anything.
Dollar Store Shopping List (all materials noted above plus some extra)
Velcro Hair Rollers
Kitchen Utensils (spoon, spatula, tongs)
Want more? Drop a comment with a random dollar store item and we will make an activity out of it!
Now, go play!