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5 Genius Ways To Keep Toddlers Busy


While you make breakfast. or dinner. Or drink your coffee while it’s still hot. Ways that don’t involve turning on the TV.

A distraction that I hold not aversions to. Absolutely none.

It’s just that I use that one enough of the time. (Just being honest). In my opinion, too much TV is bad news for the brain.

As we know, this parenting gig calls for heady amounts of patience and resourcefulness. I’ve found that things get particularly hairy when I’m prepping a meal. Early mornings are usually when I have less amounts of patience to deal with that action.

So I’ve built up my corner of toddler-distraction-arsenalt. Ready made activities that are like shiny beacons of hush magic that I can pull out at a moment’s notice. Obviously I’m going to share them with you.

5 Ways To Keep Toddlers Busy During Meal Prep…


  • Pipe Cleaners + Colander 1 of 5
    Pipe Cleaners + Colander
    = happy baby. For a good amount of time. Oh, and it's also a great way for them to practice their fine motor skills and colours. Your welcome.
    Idea via No One Has More Fun Than The Adams
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom 2 of 5
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    I hadn't heard of this book until I found this activity, now...I must find. Until then, I'm pretty sure this DIY magnetic borad will keep them entertained for at least 10 minutes or so. Both of my kids are heavy into magnets, as most at this age are.
    Find out about the book and get the (easy) step-by-step instructions via I Heart Crafty Things
  • Mess Free Painting 3 of 5
    Mess Free Painting
    This idea? Pure genius. It kept mine tantalized this morning while I rubbed the sleep from my eyes and stumbled about making breakfast, packing bags, etc. Morning person I am not.
    Idea via No One Has More Fun Than The Adams
  • Lacing Boards 4 of 5
    Lacing Boards
    No one's saying you have to paint the peg borad, no one's also saying you can't just buy one. Whatever floats your boat. What I am saying is that toddlers, specifically ones over the 2.5 mark, will become engrossed with this activity.
    Instructions can be found via Paint Me Plaid
  • Pom Poms In a Bucket 5 of 5
    Pom Poms In a Bucket
    Since the lacing board activity is a little too advanced for my darling 14 month old, I needed to find something that would keep her happy while her bro was (as I imagined), happily engaged. This pom pom bucket did the trick.
    Easy instructions via Little Crunchy Mama

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Selena is a crafty, culinary mom. Creative Director. Social Media & Branding Consultant. Regular writer on Disney Baby. Part-time big-mouth & frequent foot-eater. Proud of her Anishinaabe roots.

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