Are your kids bored? Yes, that’s a rhetorical question lol! Have they played with every toy you have and you’re wondering what kids can do using things you already have around the house? Because if you’re like me, the last thing you need to do is buy more stuff! They’ll probably just play with the box more than the toy anyway, amiright? Here are some fun and free activity ideas for kids using mostly items you already have in your home! From all fun to improving dexterity to snack ideas for picky eaters – if you’re not a baker then we have a new purpose for that old muffin tin! And if you are…you may need to get another one! Enjoy these fun and free activity hacks for kids to do at home!
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Got a muffin tin? Then we’ve got ideas for daaaaaaaays! Muffin pans have so many great uses! Check out how these clever moms are entertaining their kiddos using things you can find around the house (aka FREE!) with muffin pans!
Baby Play Time Hacks
Place some small age appropriate/child safe toys in a muffin tin, add some elastics to make it more challenging to remove and replace them…and voila! Baby toys from things you already have at home!
Muffin Tin Snack Tray Ideas – Healthy Snacks for Picky Kids!
Small quantities of healthy food are more likely to be consumed…bottom line! So load up the fruits, veggies, healthy dippers like hummus or peanut butter…and redefine snack time in this colorful, fun way adding variety and healthy snack choices! Head on over to her Instagram for tons more inspo!
Muffin Tin Fizzy Fun – Science Time Made Easy!
What kid doesn’t like to mix baking soda and vinegar? We love all things STEM and science at our house, especially if it fizzes and bubbles! Toss some baking soda in each cup, mix up some food coloring and vinegar and let kids fizz away! Mix colors. Or don’t. But this one never gets old!
I recommend using this outside on a hard/washable surface…vinegar can damage your grass 🙂
Sorting for Toddlers – Learning Colors and Shapes
If you’ve got a bag or a jar of beads, pom poms, water beads, gems, plastic bugs or anything else…then you’ve got a color or shape sorting activity for toddlers! We also like to use kiddie tweezers sometimes – it’s more fun and it boosts fine motor skills – a 2-fer!
Mix It Up With A Fun Muffin Tin
Everything’s more fun Disney style, isn’t it? Recreate any of these ideas in a themed muffin tin like this Disney Mickey Muffin Tin or this heart shaped pan…both of which can be repurposed later for fun themed baking!
Don’t Have a Muffin Tin? Swap a Muffin Tin for a Plastic Egg Carton!
If you don’t have a muffin tin and really don’t want to buy one…but you shop at Costco and buy their eggs…then you are in luck! Toss in those plastic eggs leftover from Easter and you’ll have this colorful snack tray! It’s a little smaller but it’ll work just fine…and its FREE! We love free activities and craft supplies around here…and the recycle bin has lots of fun reusable activity supplies already in it, like this!
Learning to Count Using a Muffin Tin
Learnig to count is fun! And easy with this idea. Print up some numbers, tape them to the bottom of a muffin tin…and reuse those pom poms (or water beads or whatever you have on hand) and kiddie tweezers to create this easy and educational toddler counting activity at home. Another great activity using things you already have around the house or in your recycle bin.
Variety For Babies
Just fill a muffin tin with a new variety of toys each day for baby to explore! If toy rotation isn’t your forte, this is an easy way to present new toys and objects! Lots of color and texture will grab some attention and might just buy you a few minutes of independent play to get a few things done!
Make New Crayons From Old Stubs
Don’t toss the stubs and broken crayons! You can teach your kids to reduce, reuse and recycle by baking those old crayons into to fun little crayon rounds! Sort them by color or mix them all up for fun multi-color crayons!
Use ANYTHING On Hand Around The House!
This Mom’s caption says it all. Be resourceful! You really don’t have to by a lot to occupy a toddler, lol! Get creative! We’re seriously digging the cat food cans, LOL!
Let us know in the comments what fun objects you have tried out! We want to know!