Activities for Children Age 2 to 5 Years

This post is full of links to activity ideas for children aged 2 to 5 years.  If you are looking for activity ideas for children under 2, the Activities for Children Under 2 post is a great place to start (plus all the activities are useful for children aged 2 to 5 too). 

Special thanks to:

Liss from Frills in the Hills

Kellie from Three Lil’ Princesses

Nic from Planning with Kids

Kate from Picklebums

Anna from The Imagination Tree

Liz from Children’s Books to Love

1. Bubbles: Easy Bubble Mixture Recipe

Activities for preschool children: Bubble Mixture Recipe

Liss shows you how to make your own bubble mixture.   Read more…

2. Montessori Discovery Boxes (Egg Carton)

Activities for preschool children: Discovery Boxes: Egg carton

Anna from The Imagination Tree has many ideas for discover boxes, perfect for open ended, imaginative play. I love this egg carton one. Read more…

3. Finger & Toe Painting plus other activities preschool activities

Activities for preschool children: Painting Toenails

Kellie from Three Lil’ Princesses has 5 brilliant fun activities for preschoolers, from cooking to nail painting.  Read more…

4. Play Spaces

Activities for preschool children: imaginative play: play spaces

Kate at PickleBums talks about the value of creating play spaces for children.  Read more…

Activities for preschool children: Play Spaces

I love this gorgeous beach play space from The Imagination Tree. Read more…

5. Make a Play Garden

Activities for preschool children: play garden

Create a Play Garden (The Imagination Tree). Read more…

6. Water Play/Cleaning

Activities for preschool children: spray bottle fun and cleaning

Kids this age love “helping” with housework.  I give my son (3) a cloth and a spray bottle and he cleans the cupboards, widows, bathroom and car. 

* Spray bottles are ideal for outside fun. Read more…

* Add a little food colouring to bowls of water for courful splash play. Read more… 

7. Clothes Person

Activities for preschool children: Clothes Person

Pull out some clothes and make a clothes person.  Read more…

8. Leaf Picture

Activities for preschool children: Make a leaf picture

Perfect for the Autumn months, make a leaf picture with Frills in the Hills.  Read more…

9. Paper Dolls

Activities for preschool children: paper dolls

Paper dolls are a hit with kids.  Free template. Read more…

1o. Music

Activities for preschool children: Kids songs, five green and speckled frogs

Free printable frog template from Picklebums to sing along to the song Five Green and Speckled Frogs. Read more…

Music and Movement ideas: This free PDF ebook is filled with great ideas for music and singing

Scarfs make babies smart: Scarfs are my favourite music prop for this age group. This post

Taking Music Outside Part 1: Fabulous ideas for taking music outside

Taking Music Outsite Part 2: Fabulous ideas for taking music outside

ReadSpoon Outdoor Mobile: Make a  spoon mobile that makes a beautiful sound in the wind

11. Obstical Course/Cubbyhouse

Activities for preschool children: make a cubby house

Making a cubbyhouse is as easy as putting a sheet or blanket over a table, and placing pillows underneath.  This can also be used as an indoor obstacle course.

Activities for preschool children: outdoor obstacle course

A playground is an ideal obstacle course but it’s easy to create a simple one at home. Here are some ideas of what to use:

* Witches hats

* Cone markers

* Plank of wood on the ground

* Large stepping stones

* Old tyres

* Hula hoops laid on the ground

* Door mats or foam squares

* Sturdy plastic tubs

* Large saucepans

* Browse a second hand shop for useful items

12. Construction

Activities for preschool children: Kids Construction

Excellent construction ideas from Planning with Kids. Read more…

Blu-tack play (ideal for molding) Read more…

13. Food

Activities for preschool children: food for kids: fruit kebab

Fruit Kebabs are always a hit at our place Read more…

Bread Pizza Read more…

5 Minute Ice-cream with Frills in the Hills Read more…

14.  Read Books Plus Activity

Activities for preschool children: read books to kids plus activity

Children’s Books to Love Blog demonstrates how to turn reading a book into a fun activity.   Read more…

15. Colour Hunting

Activities for preschool children: Picklebum Colour Hunt

I adore this idea from Kate of Picklebums: Simply collect things from around the house in a particular colour. You could take pictures of the finds (like Kate’s above) and blow them up and frame them for funky room decoration. Read more…

16. More Ideas

* Have a Picnic outside

* Treading: Fruit, pasta, cardboard, cereal

* Ice biscuits

* Glue magazine pictures to paper. You can add pasta or oats to the mix too!

* Cardboard box towers (different sizes)

* Drawing: on paper, on wood, with old make-up, outside, trace a leaf

* Sock puppets

* Finger painting

* Dress ups

* Make a photo book: take photos of favourite things and collate into a small photo album

* Face painting (crayons are easy to use)

* Cooking

Be A Fun Mum Links

Activities for Children Under 2

Activities for children aged 2 to 5

Activities for children aged 5 to 8

Activities for children aged 8 to 12

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. says

    Thank you for such a useful post (as always). I am finding it hard to choose a favourite, though I do love the colour hunt, teaching colour, having fun and iincluding some photography in the mix *love*. I also think I would find it near on impossible to get my daughter out of a play garden but it is pouring here in Melbourne at the moment so the colour hunt is on!
    Hey check this out too it was in Naomi from ‘sevencherubs’ treasure hunt yesterday. I absolutely loved this idea and have book marked it for later. I think it looks like something you might enjoy.

  2. says

    It’s such a windy, wet day here, so I’m looking forward to trying activities from some of the other mums. I like the obstacle course!
    Thanks so much for the inclusion, Kell. :)

  3. says

    Thank you so much for including some of our ideas! There are some brilliant things in that list and I look forward to browsing through it and trying some out!

  4. says

    Kelly I LOVE this list, and am printing out to use with my boys. I love how creative the ideas are, and that they dont require you to buy something special. Well done!!!

  5. says

    OK first take a good look at your self. What do you like what do you not like so much. Work on that which you do not like. But do not listen to other people their opinions do not matter only yours does. Work on having the attitude that this is who youre and if they dont like it they can go to hell.

  6. says

    hi. i love all the ideas you came up with, they are great
    i have just one question for you. do you have a book or something i can purchase with all these great ideas ?

  7. says

    I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was wondering what all is needed to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?

    I’m not very internet savvy so I’m not 100% positive. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks

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  9. says

    When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get three emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Thanks!

  10. says

    Incredible! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a totally different topic but it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Great choice of colors!

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