If you’re looking for something that you don’t need to buy supplies for, we have compiled a list of seven different, free activities you can do with your twenty-one-month-old just using objects around your house.
1. Build a Fort Using Blankets
If you don’t want to buy the fort kits, you can always create a fort in your living room using kitchen chairs and blankets or sheets or even just using the cushions off your couch. Young 21-month-old will have fun as long as they have a cozy little area all to themselves.
2. Make Music with Homemade Rattles
Homemade rattles are super easy to make and allow your child to have fun with music without spending money on a musical instrument set. All you will need is a container which can be an empty water bottle or a plastic container or cup with a lid and some rice, beans, or popcorn kernels. Then your little one can shake it to their hearts content along with music or on their own.
3. Make Your Own Scavenger Hunt
You can make a list, complete with pictures, of objects around your home for your toddler to find. If you are able to make it on strong, durable paper, this list can be used for scavenger hunts over and over again.
4. Explore a Homemade Obstacle Course
Twenty-one-month-olds are quickly learning how much they enjoy climbing all over furniture. While this is fun for them and can keep them happily occupied, it could be dangerous if they get up too high. A great way to get the benefits of this activity without the risk is to create your own obstacle course using couch cushions and other climb-safe objects. This will allow your little one to have a safe place to climb and enjoy being active.
5. Color Matching Activity
You can create a color matching activity just using things around your home by putting down a solid colored object and having your little one find objects around the house of the same color. If you have pieces of construction paper, those work great for the solid colored base. This is a great and free educational activity for young toddlers.
6. Play Dress Up with Old Clothing
You can play dress up with clothing that you have around the house and you definitely don’t need to buy expensive costumes to do this fun activity. My son loves to wear his dad’s clothing around the house and pretend that he’s going to work. Playing dress up is a wonderful activity to encourage imaginative play.
7. Make a Car Ramp
You can easily create a ramp for toy cars or balls by placing a large book or cutting board on a pillow or something similar. Your child can enjoy watching cars, balls, or other objects roll or slide down this ramp. The biggest bonus to this activity is that it requires very little setup and cleanup so it will be easy for busy parents to do!