9 Toddler Activities I Would Never Let MY Toddler Do (but might let the grandkids do)

These toddler activity ideas might be fun, BUT… would you let YOUR toddler do them?

I think other parents will know exactly what I mean when you look at some of these “toddler activity ideas” below.
Fun toddler activities and DIY idea for fun play

Is it just me? Would YOU let YOUR toddler do these things?

If you’re looking for SMART toddler activities and toys…

=> Janie has a great list of good toddler activity ideas here

I spend a lot of time on Pinterest – I truly just love the site!

But every now and then…

these “smart ideas” for toddlers come across my feed that make me say, “Awwwww hell no! I would never let MY toddler do that!”

However, I just might let the grandkids do it. Double standard? Perhaps.

How about a busy board? Parents are going nuts making these “latch boards” for their toddler – have you made one?

I might! I thought about making one of these DIY sensory board ideas for toddlers for them – and I’m not crafty!

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Ok, let’s start with THIS idea that has been making the rounds on Pinterest lately… Tell me, would you REALLY let your child do this?!?!

Interesting idea to help potty train your toddler. Would YOU do this?


Now, I have to admit, this is an interesting idea to help potty train your toddler.  When I first saw it on Pinterest, I thought, hmmmm that could help keep them busy while waiting to do their business on the potty.

Just hand the toddler some markers (whether they’re dry erase or not), and say, “Hey, go draw on the toilet”.

Ummmm… I don’t think so, but it IS clever.

And yep, I’d probably let the grandkids do this.

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Ok, how about this toddler activity idea?

Toddler Activities!  Use an old cardboard box and keep 'em busy! Would you let YOUR toddler do this?

Here Johnny, have some sharp pointy things and a hammer…

While this idea definitely would keep them busy (for 10 seconds), I can’t see giving a toddler a handful of golf tees to play with.

First off, they’re sharp.  Secondly, I golf – and I want my tees!

Alrighty, how about this idea:

Indoor activities for kids - great for a rainy day! Toddler drawing activity idea

Now, I know it’s important to encourage your child to be creative.

But drawing on my walls… with their feet?

Yes, I see the paper on the wall with this idea, but c’mon… we all know our children will be doing this on ALL the walls in the house.

Now, the grandkids.. they can take a Sharpie marker to my walls.  I wouldn’t be nuts about it, but the mom and dad know how to paint <grin>

How about THIS idea:

Toddler fun: let your toddler play in jello

First off, what color is the Jello?  Looks pretty darn gross.

Which leads me to – that cr@p would be ALL over my carpet.

Even if they played with it 2 miles from the house on a dirt road, I would still have that Jello on my floors and walls….and floors… on my cats… it would be EVERYWHERE.

C’mon, you know it’s true!

BUT, it does look fun for toddlers to do.  Here’s the directions.

Speaking of getting stuff ALL over my house…

Fun Toddler Activities!  Paint the snow!

Now, this WOULD be fun, but we all know what color water that container will be full of as the snow melts and all the paint colors are in it.

Plus, my kids would SO be eating that (as would the cats).

Now this next idea isn’t an activity, but just look:

Toddler potty training hack - a coffee filter in the pot

Do you see what’s in the pot of this potty seat?

Yep, that’s a coffee filter.

At first glance of this idea, I thought, “Well, that’s pretty smart” –

but then it hit me…

It would be ME that would have to reach in and get that coffee filter OUT of the potty seat after the toddler is done doing his business.


I’m not 100% sure I’d even do that for the grandkids.

(by the way, the 2 year old just got one of these “my size” pottys. He LOVES it!)

Now this activity idea is right cute, but…

Toddler food activity with pudding finger painting


This is real pudding.

The recipe simply calls for regular vanilla pudding  and food coloring.

It sure is pretty to look at – and that’s exactly what I’d be doing –

looking at it ALL over my toddler, my house, my cats, and probably all over me as well.

Anytime food coloring is involved, it just never has a good outcome.

This next one just makes me laugh – I’ll tell you why after you look:

sidewalk chalk activity for toddlers and kids

Now of COURSE this would be fun – and there’s nothing messy about it.

Except, I can see my toddler and kids doing this and then the inevitable would happen:

“Mommy, come play, too!”

I get motion sick just thinking about being on a boat.  If you get me trying to follow that curvy line… well, I’d have another mess to clean up that no coffee filter could contain!

Ok, one more…

Toddler sensory activity DIY idea

Now I’ll admit, this DOES look super cool and fun for the kids…

But do you see what is IN that container?

Colored beans.

Lots and lots of little tiny beans.

LOTS of them – need I say more?

That was fun!

Lots of love to the amazing people who came up with these ideas!

See Janie’s awesome list of good toddler activity ideas here

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