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Toddler Approved, Clothespin Activity

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Clothespin activity for toddlers: This simple activity keeps my kiddo’s attention, when I really need to get some things done as a mom!

Now that baby #2 is here, I have to keep ideas on hand for toddler activities, to keep my 2 year old busy for times when I’m feeding the newborn, washing bottles, etc., instead of sitting him in front of the TV. I can’t exactly remember where the idea came from {I THINK a friend told me}, but I’m forever thankful!

Toddler Activites Clothespin Wipes Box Container-2


It’s totally simple! Grab an old wipes container, and some clothespins, and pop open the little lid {like you would when getting a wipe} and let your toddler stick them in the wipes box, one by one, through the little slit. My little guy loves to count, so I have him count them as they go in. He’s working on hand-eye coordination, and counting at the same time! My favorite part? The time I get to accomplish my tasks without a two year old tugging at my leg. Hee hee!

Toddler Activity, Clothespin activity, Great hand eye cordination

This toddler activity is one of my top 10 fantabulous favorites because it contains supplies I already have on hand, and it keeps my toddler busy for at least 30 minutes, and that’s almost unheard of! 🙂 Let me know if you tried it! Did your toddler approve?

Jessica Burgess, Fantabulosity Blog

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22 thoughts on “Toddler Approved, Clothespin Activity

  1. Looks fun! I love activities that use stuff we already have around!

    1. Jessica says:

      Me too! If that means less money I have to spend, the better!

  2. Heather says:

    Love this! Every time I hang up clothes I give Nicky the peg bag to play with and it keeps him busy, for a while at least. I never thought about the wipes container, that’s a good idea.

    1. Jessica says:

      Absolutely! It’s the simplest things! Lol. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Adelien says:

    I remember that I did the same thing with my elder sons when they just got a baby brother. Kids are really interested to some simple “toys”.

    1. Jessica says:

      That’s so true! We buy all of these expensive toys, and turns out that they like the simple cheap ones better. Haha!

  4. I love this and it is so simple! I wish I would have known this when I had a little one.

    1. Jessica says:

      Well maybe the older kids can turn it in a “race,” and they will still get fun out of it! Haha! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Carli says:

    What a super cute idea!!!! I will need to remember this for when my baby gets older!

    1. Jessica says:

      Thank you! Totally, trust me… if yours is anything like mine, it will be a life saver! 🙂

  6. Alicia says:

    That is an excellent idea! I have a 18 month old and I have to end her sight addiction to my ipad and netflix. I mean she can work that ipad better than me! I found that she loves pots, pans, boxes, spoons, and things around the house. I get a new wipe container every time I purchase wipes. This is a great way to use them! Thanks for this great post!

    1. Jessica says:

      OMG… I know! My toddler is on the ipad as we speak! Lol! But he does learn a lot from it!

  7. I’ll have to do this with my almost 3 yr old. Now that the weather is getting yucky, they can’t go outside much anymore. I have just given her pom poms to put in my small rubbermaid containers. The things they like when they have so many toys available to them!

    1. Jessica says:

      Definitely! I know, it’s getting yucky here too!

  8. Bonnie a.k.a. LadyBlogger says:

    Hi there fellow St. Louisan! This is a great idea. I remember learning something like this from the Parents as Teachers program.

    1. Jessica says:

      Hey!!! St. Louis!!?? Awesome! We will for sure have to keep in touch!

  9. Missy Homemaker says:

    We always did things like this. Lol My kids still love playing with boxes too.

    1. Jessica says:

      Lol! My little guy hasn’t fallen in love with boxes yet. Course, maybe I haven’t given him the chance yet!

  10. This is so simple and so neat! My kiddo has an invention box we call it where he can make whatever he wants. He’s 8 and he loves it so much we have an “invention party” with those items every year 🙂 I will share this for moms with toddlers.

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh that would be great!!!

  11. Jenn @ says:

    I don’t know why but Kids just love clothes pins. Back when we lived where we had a clothes line I used them to teach my oldest basic math at 3. Can i have 2 clothes pins? Oh I need one more. How may pins are holding this sheet on the line now?

    1. Jessica says:

      Wow that’s a great idea! I bet you have smart kiddos!

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