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12 Toddler Playtime Activities Using Common Household Items

by Erin Dower

Looking for some easy imagination playtime activities for your busybody toddler or preschooler? Just check your cabinets, toy box, or recycling bin for some new "toys" and supplies for playtime. All of these activities use basic household items to stimulate and entertain your tot for hours!

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Pretend Grocery Store


You don't need to buy a bunch of plastic play food to enjoy a game of "pretend grocery store" with your preschooler. Just stock your imaginary store with recycled mini cereal boxes and other empty food containers, and give your child a paper shopping bag or a basket with handles to go about her shopping.

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Don't forget to hydrate! Forego sugary juices and sodas and pack a bottle of water in your child's lunch. If your child likes a little more flavor, spice it up with lemon, lime, cucumbers, or fresh fruit.


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