Toddler Activities

Toddler Activities
Well it’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these!  Hudson is SO busy all the time it’s been hard to put down my thoughts, but here we go.  As a 22 month old he’s learned: that items are breakable, the toilet is clogable, and mud is the perfect full body paint.  I mean, this child is into EVERYTHING.  We’re doing at least 2 baths a day, as well as keeping the plumber and my mother on speed dial.  The latter is strictly for my sanity though 😉
 But boy watching him learn is SO fun.  This is a list of favorite activities:

  • 1 hour of play outside a day AT LEAST.  We play basketball, soccer, go for long walks, or find a playground and go to town.  I have to wear this maniac out somehow!
  • If it’s raining/snowing we do an indoor obstacle course or I take him to a Jump Jump. 
  • Books all day, every day.  We read before nap and bed time, as well as any time he’s willing to sit still. 
  • Obviously painting is still a big hit!  We love these organic paints.
  • ABC building blocks are also very popular.  We’ll build a tower, then knock it over.  Then build it again, maybe name some letters, and knock it over again. Repeat x100 
  • The Zoo, aquarium, and even running errands have become fun learning experiences.  I constantly talk to him and point out what we’re looking at.  Sometimes he’ll repeat me, and sometimes he’ll just go on his merry way.  Either way, he’s learning.
  • Library events: they have toddler time and puppet shows.  We also go to just sit on the floor and read.  
  • Flash cards and puzzles.  He could play with these ALL DAY if I let him.  So stock up moms.  I highly recommend visiting your closest Kids R Kids and getting as many as possible. 
  • Stickers are also a huge hit.  I get the BIG sticker books out and he’ll name the animals or objects as he places them all over his body.  It’s pretty hilarious. 

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  1. I love your pictures. You take great photographs. I love when my little boy get messy making crafts and painting! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Tons of our favorite things…thanks for the reminder of all of the fun things we have to do. The weather has been not so great lately (it snowed yesterday in Chicago) so we are a little bummed out and just want to watch tv to be honest.


  3. Beautiful pictures. I don't have kids so–I am sure these are great ideas!

  4. Oh my goodness he's cute!!!!!!!!! And I laughed at your mom being on speed dial. Been there, done that. 🙂

  5. So fun watching little ones learn and explore new arenas. Great pictures!

  6. So cute! My kids are 12,14, and 19 now but when they were toddlers puddle jumping was a favorite and I always joined in too! We would return home soaked and I would make some hot chocolate and turn on a movie and then snuggle up to them. So fun.

  7. your little one is adorable, reminds me of my boy! Yes outside play is a must or craziness ensues

  8. As a 25 year old I still enjoy puddle jumping. (; Hudson is so precious. I have a little girl, but I look forward to getting messy with my nephew. (:

  9. what a cutie!! I love that you are introducing him to an active lifestyle right from the get-go!

  10. How cute! I love all the activities yo do with him- my kids enjoy most of those things as well 🙂

  11. I know kids love love to get dirty and sometimes as mom we just need to let it go and let them be kids and bot worry about the mess

  12. This post brings back fond memories. I've got a tween and a teen now. All that playtime is so much fun!

  13. Nice! We're going to get a museum membership next month and I can't wait to start taking her at least once a week.

  14. An hour of outside time every day should do the tiring out trick! lol Although, he looks pretty busy (and adorable)! I love the body paint! lol

  15. Wow, sounds like a very busy and fun life. I love spending time with my kids and watching them play 🙂

  16. Great ideas! Anything messy my toddler would love also! What a ham you have!

  17. What a handful! It's awesome that he finds interest in so many things though!

  18. Such cute pictures! Makes me miss those crazy days when my kids were little!

  19. He's such a sweetheart:-) I agree .. the Photos are so beautiful

  20. 22 months is definitely an active age. It sounds like you two are having a ball {as it should be 😉 }. Enjoy because time flies {my daughter is 22 years old!}.

  21. Apparently I'm a toddler because a trip to the zoo or aquarium sounds like the perfect day right now. I love going to places like this, brings out the kid in me! And I look like your son after I'm baking for a few hours in the kitchen – I normally have batter everywhere!!

  22. He's adorable! I'm way past those days, but we still hit the zoo many times a year.

  23. I've got a two year old so this is so helpful! We did fingerpainting yesterday and hopefully today we will do coloring!

  24. Great pictures! Your kid looks like he is loving this fun activity

  25. As a mom of a 3 year old I like learning about more ways we can stay active. Great tips.

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