Activities for Children Age 2 to 5 Years

April 11, 2011

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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CaseyNo Gravatar April 12, 2011 at 8:30 am

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 http://www.theidearoom.net/2011/04/hopscotch-play-mat-by-a-girl-and-a-glue-gun.html 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.
xo

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KellieNo Gravatar April 12, 2011 at 10:26 am

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. :)

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michelleNo Gravatar April 12, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Thank you for these WONDERFUL ideas, I feel inspired. THANK YOU!!

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KrisNo Gravatar April 12, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Emailed this to myself to be printed and posted on the fridge!!

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AnnaNo Gravatar April 13, 2011 at 9:00 am

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!

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AndreaNo Gravatar April 13, 2011 at 9:36 am

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!!!

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LizNo Gravatar April 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Great list! I am just finishing looking at everything and I am so inspired. Thank you for including me! =)

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PlanningQueenNo Gravatar April 14, 2011 at 12:25 am

A brilliantly formatted collection of links Kelley! Love the variety of activities and thanks for including mine.

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swansonNo Gravatar April 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm

very nice,all the listed ideas are ever blowing one.i like this very much.

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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.

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