Looking for fun potty training ideas? The great news is potty training the fun way with games and creative potty training rewards isn’t just about enjoyment. It can lead to a successful journey from using diapers to using the toilet too! With a variety of great and easily accessible ideas on this site, you’re sure to find something that works for your toddler.
- Make potty time story time. Pick out special books that are only for the potty. Silly books of kids’ poetry, brightly illustrated picture books with easy-to-follow stories, and books that have funny words and rhythms are all great fun to read together while your child is waiting on the potty. These bathroom-only books will give your child something to look forward to when they have to go.
- Create your own My Potty Book. Developing a custom My Potty Book is a fun way to tell the story of your child’s potty training journey and make them feel like the star of the show. You don’t need to be a stellar writer or artist — and there’s a good chance you’ll have the supplies you need right at home. You can create the pictures yourself or ask your child to draw them.
- Use a sticker chart. A reward system can work wonders for some kids, but keep it simple. One approach is to have your toddler create a sticker chart with you so you can describe how it works.
You can use poster board as a base and let your child decorate it with crayons, markers or watercolors depending on their level of ability. Or, you can print out one of the sticker charts available on our site.
For some kids, just watching the stickers build up is enough reward. But others like to work toward a bigger reward like a favorite video, a treat or an activity, which they can earn after getting a certain number of stickers.
Let your child place the sticker on the chart every time they successfully go. And if you’re using the bigger rewards, don’t wait too long for the pay-off. Children at this age have a hard time understanding and working toward long-term goals.
Color together. Pull-Ups® boxes can be unfolded to reveal coloring mats with Disney characters you and your child can color together. If you don’t have a box, you can get a printable coloring mat with your child’s favorite character here. It can be a fun way to spend time with your little one (doing something other than trying the potty for once!) and reward them for the progress they’re making.
Arrange a call they’re sure to love! Help your child celebrate success with a call from your child’s favorite Disney character. It’s a great way to build excitement and celebrate their potty training success.
Make it a science experiment. Put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet water and have your child guess what color it will turn when they pee. Then, let them try a different color the next time.
You can even try mixing colors together. Need a quick refresher? Yellow and blue make green. Yellow and red make orange. And blue and red make purple.
Sing a potty song. Make up some silly lyrics that you and your toddler can sing when they’re on the potty. It’s a good way to get them comfortable talking about what they need to do in the bathroom, and it can help them stay patient while they’re waiting for the pee or poop to come out.
Put up a hand washing poster. It’s a great way to remind your child (and yourself!) of the five steps to hand washing — including scrubbing for at least 20 seconds. Print a handwashing poster here and then let your child color it.
Make a stick basket. Take a bunch of craft sticks (or clean Popsicle® sticks) and write a special activity reward on each one. It could be things like going to the playground, watching a favorite movie or making a favorite snack together.
Put them in a basket — or any cup will do — and let your child pull out a stick for accomplishing a pre-determined activity such as successfully going potty. When you do the activity together, you’ll continue the fun atmosphere you’re already creating in the bathroom — and you’ll have a chance to talk about more than the potty for a change.
No matter what keeps your child excited and motivated to potty train, it’s important to keep the fun in the process and make this a bonding opportunity for both of you – one that sets the tone for your partnership for years to come. Know that your child will be potty trained eventually. And you’ll have some very cute stories to tell too.