Sometimes it feels like we have to pull out all the stops and spend ages crafting beautiful, engaging activities for our children. But in reality, they’re just as happy and engaged playing with something that takes just a few minutes to prepare.
So if you’re pushed for time and looking for inspiration for quick, simple activities to entertain your toddler, here are seven tuff spots that take less than five minutes to set up.
This Hooray for Fish shipwrecked play activity couldn’t be simpler. Just pour in some coloured sand, chuck in some bath toys, and you’re good to go!
If you’re got a dinosaur fan in the house, this dinosaur tuff spot is bound to be a winner! I’ve got this piece of artificial grass already cut to size and shape, and keep it folded up behind the sofa ready to pop into the tuff spot when needed.
Then I just threw in some different coloured split peas to make some dino ‘habitats’, a tub of toy dinosaurs and trees, and Bob’s your uncle!
I know it’s not quite Halloween just yet, but M had a fabulous time playing with this Room on the Broom witch’s cauldron tuff spot. I used red and orange sensory scarves to make a quick ‘fire’, put orange lentils around the outside, then added a cauldron, some creepy crawlies and some play utensils. Lots of sensory fun!
This That’s Not My Fairy sensory tuff spot was basically put together with as many shiny and pink things I could find around my house in the space of five minutes. The girls loved it!
Prepare to raid your sock drawers for this super quick to set up sock pairing activity. I put all of our (fun!) socks into the tuff spot, along with our pegs and let the toddler set to work pairing them up and pegging the pairs together. Great for fine motor skills and learning colours.
This sandy beach tuff spot is so quick to set up that it’s a regular fixture in our garden! Simply throw in a bag of play sand and some buckets and spades and get ready to play.
This fun, messy, soapy dinosaur tuff spot is just a good squirt of foaming soap and a tub of toy dinosaurs and trees. Add a bowl of water to give the dinos a bath once you’ve finished playing!
If you enjoyed these ideas, you can find more Pondering Playtime activities here, and you might like to join my Early Years craft and activity Facebook group; Play Craft, Explore. We’d love to have you!
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