3 non-messy play ideas for toddlers

I'll be honest: I hate messy play. Slime, gunge, anything like that - I'm out. I force myself to let my 3 year old get messy every now and then, because I think it's good for her, and can teach her all sorts of things... but 90% of the time, I'm all about non-messy play! My anxiety can't take it when I see her sticky hands grabbing at my furniture, or something gross being flicked onto my patio, or gunk being rubbed into her hair... yuck! We recently bought a Tuff Tray, which really lends itself well to messy play, but I'm finding it brilliant for non-messy…

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Playing with pipe cleaners

One of my favourite places to buy stuff for my kids is Poundland. I don't tend to buy toys from there, but I do buy loads and loads of craft supplies. You can't go wrong with a pack of pom-poms or pipe cleaners for a pound! And things like that seem to entertain my 3 year old a lot more than a 'proper' toy anyway. She loves how open-ended this type of play is, and it allows her so much creativity. This time, I bought three packs of pips cleaners, for a grand total of £3 - one pack of bright colours, one of pastel colours, and…

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Review: Tobar Owl Grasshead

*This post contains affiliate links* It was my daughter's third birthday a couple of weeks ago, and since we didn't need a heap more toys (our playroom is already fit to burst!), we requested not too many presents. One of the things we did ask for was something crafty - she loves making things, and at least if she's making the toy herself, we get an extra activity out of each present! This owl grasshead was such a brilliant gift! It's the Tobar Owl Grasshead (currently £6.54 on Amazon*), and considering how simple it is, it's brought her so much joy already. All you do is fill…

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Making chalk rainbows

Whenever the weather is nice, one of our favourite activities is to get our big bucket of chalks out, and draw on our patio. My daughter absolutely loves having the chance to be creative. I probably shouldn't admit it, but one of my favourite things about using chalks is that there's absolutely zero prep work required. I don't need to get anything ready in advance, I don't even need to think about it until the moment my daughter asks 'can we play with the chalks?', and that's that. Just hand her the bucket, and off she goes. We love painting together too, but by the time I've…

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Rescuing frozen animals

This is one of my toddler's absolute favourite activities, and it's one we've done many, many times. We freeze her small plastic animals in ice cubes, and then 'rescue' them by melting the ice and setting them free! My daughter is always asking if we can put her animals in ice cubes - on more than one occasion, I've gone to look for some ice cubes to make a drink, and I've opened the freezer to find a load of plastic animals staring back at me! It's actually pretty great to have a fun activity ready to go at the drop of a hat - especially one…

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How to make Play-Doh penguins

Play-Doh is one of my toddler's favourite activities. We usually play with it during her baby sister's nap time, as I'm still not quite comfortable letting the baby play with Play-Doh. So nearly every morning at the same time, the Play-Doh comes out! Usually we pretend to make biscuits - she loves to put them on the 'baking tray' (the plastic moulding tray) and put them into the 'oven' (the cardboard box!). But sometimes something fun will happen naturally and we like to go with it! This time, I made a little penguin out of some of the mixed up Play-Doh. After a few months of playing…

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Building our house out of Duplo

My toddler loves playing with Duplo, and usually she's happy to get on with it on her own. It allows her to be creative and come up with her own designs and models, so if she's busy building something cool, I try not to interfere too much. But sometimes, it's fun to play together on something a bit more structured. This time, we built a model of our house out of Duplo. We made sure we included every room in our house, including the living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. She even told me we needed to build a separate office, like we have in our garden!…

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Playing with aquafaba

I've seen lots about aquafaba online, so I thought we'd have a play with it. This was a fun activity that both my toddler and baby could get involved with together, which was really nice! If you're not sure what aquafaba is, it's basically the liquid that you get in the bottom of a tin of chickpeas. Sounds like a really strange thing to play with, I know, but when you whip it up, it goes all bubbly - it ends up looking a lot like bubbly washing up liquid water! Whipped aquafaba is usually used in cooking as a vegan egg replacer (I've often seen it…

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