Time goes by so fast. One minute you are up to your neck in kids (even if it’s just one) and the next minute you are begging them to stay home because they want to play with friends.

Here you will find practical ideas to keep your little ones busy so you can get the maximum quality time with the time you have!

Do you love your kids but find yourself going crazy sometimes? Being a stay at home mom is one of the most rewarding and challenging jobs you will ever have in this life.

However, time spent with kids can be much more rewarding, when a little effort goes into finding the right activities for toddlers.

Are you looking for FREE or CHEAP activities you can do with your little ones?

Here are some of my favorite go to’s when things start to get a little cray cray!

Messy Activities

20 Messy Play Activities · Fun a Day

Making messes for kids serves multiple purposes as it stimulates the sensory systems AND is a ton of fun! All these ideas have lists of ingredients and instructions, making it brainless for a tired momma!

40+ Sensory Messy Activities · Learning 4 Kids

The fun thing about this site is there are ways to filter activities by age. So check out ways to make educational messes and have fun!

Dough, Rice, Bins and Slime · Little Bins for Little Hands

For every holiday there is a sensory bin or homemade slime. Here you will find sand foam, cloud dough, and oobleck (a substance that can mimic the qualities of a solid or a liquid) in every color and style. Who knew making messes could look so pretty?!

Learning Activities

20 Learning Fun Activities for Toddlers · Teaching 2 and 3-year-olds

Getting creative with your toddlers can be the difference between a positive experience and a complete meltdown from the toddler or the parent.

14 Learning Activities for Toddlers · Hands On As We Grow

These activities range from colors, shapes, ABC’s, and 123’s. I like to look through these ideas and naturally incorporate the activities when we are doing everyday things.

150 + Toddler Activities · The Stay At Home Mom Survival Guide

If you are a visual learner this site is for you! Each activity has a picture so you can have a better idea of what you are getting yourself into.

Indoor Activities

31 Days of Indoor Fun for Toddlers · I Can Teach My Child

When winter is around the corner you will need some backup plans for you and those little ones. Here are 31 days and ideas for fun inside.

Indoor Activities for Toddlers · The Lean Green Bean

It’s not the shiny, new, expensive toy your kids play with, it’s the box from that brand new toy that they love! Kids love to get creative and it doesn’t take much to keep them entertained for hours. See how these household items can save your day from boredom.

50 Indoor Activities for a Rainy Day · Mommy Poppins

From coding for kids and marshmallow catapult to building an old fashion fort, this list will keep you busy all winter long.


Don’t have anything to work with to keep the kiddos busy? Here are a bunch of FREE printables that will save you time and money!

Printables for Toddlers · My Bored Toddler

100+ Free Toddler Printables · Tot Schooling

Printable Kid and Toddler Activities · Fun With Mama

Free Printables for All Ages · Scholastic

Free Preschool Printables · Living Life and Learning


Checking out these talented and amazing mom websites will give you the push you need to make mommy time more meaningful with activities your kids will love.

Whether you are home all day, part of the day, or the end of the day, there are activities here to help with the time you have at home with your little ones. If you want to have more time, check out some stay at home mom jobs that can give you that flexibility.

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After all, it’s not about how much time we spend but the QUALITY of time we spend. So grab a few of these free printables, take some ideas down and start making memories today!