Fun and Educational Playtime Ideas for Toddlers and Young Children

Little girl plating with wooden toys

Playing with your little ones is one of the best ways to bond and build lasting memories. However, it can be tough to come up with new and exciting playtime ideas that keep both you and your little clever clogs engaged!


In this blog post, we'll be sharing some fun and educational playtime ideas that are perfect for toddlers and young children. These activities are not only great for spending quality time with your child, but they can also help your child develop new skills and interests! At our children's gift shop, we have a wide selection of toys and gifts to make playtime even more exciting.


  1. Sensory Bins:

Sensory bins are a great way to engage your child's senses and encourage imaginative play. Simply fill a bin with items like rice, beans, or sand, and add in toys and objects for your child to discover. You can theme the bins around different concepts like colors, animals, or shapes. This activity is perfect for promoting fine motor skills, language development, and imaginative play.

  1. Reading Time:

Reading time is not only a great way to bond with your child, but it's also important for developing language and literacy skills. Make reading time fun by choosing books that are engaging and interactive. For younger children, board books with touch-and-feel elements or lift-the-flap pages are perfect. As your child gets older, choose books that align with their interests!

  1. Arts and Crafts:

Arts and crafts are a great way to encourage creativity and develop fine motor skills. Set up a designated craft area with child-safe materials like glue, crayons, and paper - we also love this colouring in pad! You can even create themed crafts based on holidays or events. For example, make Easter-themed crafts like bunny masks or paper Easter eggs. Our children's gift shop has a wide selection of craft sets that are perfect for little ones.

  1. Outdoor Exploration:

Getting outside and exploring nature is a great way to teach your child about the world around them. Take a walk in the park or go on a nature scavenger hunt to find different leaves, flowers, and animals. You can also set up an outdoor obstacle course or play a game of tag. This activity is perfect for promoting physical activity and learning about the natural world. Make sure you bring their friends along for the adventure - like this soft Jellycat dragon! And don't be put off if it's a rainy day - our magic colour changing umbrellas will keep your little one dry!

  1. Music and Dance:

Music and dance are a great way to encourage physical activity and creativity. Play your child's favorite songs and encourage them to dance and sing along. You can even create a homemade music video together. This activity is perfect for promoting physical activity, language development, and creativity.

Little girl under a fun colour changing umbrella

Playing with toddlers and young children can be challenging, but it's also incredibly rewarding. By engaging in fun and educational activities, you can build lasting memories and help your child develop new skills and interests. At our children's gift shop, we have a wide selection of toys and gifts that are perfect for enhancing playtime. Whether you're looking for cuddly toys, arts and crafts sets, or engaging books, we've got you covered. With these playtime ideas, you'll be able to spend quality time with your child while also promoting their growth and development!