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Toddler Activities: Supplies & Organization

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I am committing to 30 days of hands-on activities for my 21 month-old daughter. To prepare, I decided to organize our craft supplies!

Originally I had all of our craft items tossed in a large storage tub, but it was difficult to access everything. I decided to organize all of the items and store them in containers that I already had around my home.

I upgraded most of our food storage containers to glass (like these glass Pyrex dishes that I love!) so I had a bin of old plastic containers that needed to be put to good use!

Materials Needed

Unused boxes, bins, tubs, magazine holders, buckets, etc. Get creative and find anything not being used in your house!

Craft supplies (I will later list the items that I keep in our craft bin that will be used for our 30 days of activities!)

Labels to write or print on (I used a package of blank address labels I had leftover from sending Christmas cards!)

Let’s Begin!

Start by spreading out all of the items you have and grouping them together (crayons, markers, beads, popsicle sticks, etc. Once everything is grouped together, start matching them to a container that fits them best. If you find you are missing a few containers, make note of the size and type you need so you can pick one up!

Next make labels for each item and corresponding container. Choose a font that is easy to read and set the labels aside until you have decided where to store your containers. This is important because depending on where you store you items will determine the best placement of the label (I learned that the hard way!)

If you plan to access your craft items frequently, like I do, choose a place that is convenient. I made space in our entryway closet because I typically setup our activities downstairs in the living room.

Here are some items that I keep on hand for simple activties and crafts. Most can be purchased at any general store, dollar tree, Target or Walmart. I also get some of the items off Amazon! I will include some links for examples.

Hands-On Toddler Activity Supplies List

Basic Supplies

  • Alphabet Magnets
  • Animal Figurines
  • Animal Magnets
  • Beads
  • Buttons
  • Crayons
  • Construction Paper
  • Dice
  • Egg Carton
  • Markers
  • Paint Brushes
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Roll
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Sponge Brush
  • Stickers
  • Washable Paint
  • Waterpaint

Sensory Bin Items

  • Cookie Cutters
  • Cotton Balls
  • Dry Beans
  • Dry Rice
  • Funnel
  • Glass Beads
  • Kinetic Sand
  • Ladle
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • Muffin Tin
  • Playdoh
  • Pom Poms
  • Rocks
  • Rolling Pins
  • Sand
  • Scoops
  • Sponges
  • Tongs
  • Water Beads

Busy Kit Items for Restaurants & Travel

  • Animal Figurines
  • Books with Items to Identify
    • Some examples include:
  • Color Wonder Markers & Books
  • Flash Cards
  • Lacing Cards
  • Magnatiles
  • Notepad, Small
  • Pipe Cleaner with Beads or Pasta for Lacing
  • Stickers
  • Toy cars, trucks, etc.
  • Water Wow “Coloring” Book

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