It’s no secret that toddlers are fascinated by the most mundane things, but man, it’s like striking gold when you realize which everyday household items your toddler fancies because you know what that means: your kid is occupied! Unless of course, your toddler is fascinated by plugs and kitchen knives and then, well, not so good.
When I discover Violet is into some run-of-the-mill item just lying around the house, I encourage her interest because DUH, she’ll be entertained. Secondly, this kind of interest is excellent for the little imagination. For instance, Violet loves candles. LOVES them. She especially likes the scented kind and will sniff them several times and say the same thing each time: “Mmmmmm. Smells good!” She also moves them around the house and creates little scenarios with them: “Oh no, candle, come back!” She makes them chase each other and help each other out of sticky situations. I’ve cooked an entire meal for the family while Violet is engrossed in candle play.
This is the best equation: Toddler + fascination with stupid item = guilt-free time for mom. I stress the “guilt-free” because you know how it is when you stick your kid in front of the TV so you can have a few seconds to yourself — sure you have a few kid-free minutes, but you feel guilty the entire time (Spongebob is bad! TV is harmful!), so it kind of cancels your pleasure in having those few minutes.
With that in mind, I’m going to share with you 20 everyday items that seem to fascinate Violet in the hope that maybe your kid will latch onto one or two of these tricks and earn you some guilt-free mom time. And hey, what everyday items does your toddler find fascinating? Tell me in the comments!
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