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5 Genius Ways To Keep Toddlers Busy

While making breakfast. or dinner. Or drinking your coffee while it’s still hot. Ways that don’t involve turning on the TV. (A distraction that I hold no 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-arsenal. 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…

 

1. PIPE CLEANERS + COLANDER

Pipe Cleaners + Colander

These equal a 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 colors. You’re welcome.
Idea via No One Has More Fun Than The Adams

2. CHICKA CHICKA BOOM BOOM

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 board will keep them entertained for at least 10 minutes or so. Both of my kids are heavy into magnets, as most are at this age.
Find out about the book and get the (easy) step-by-step instructions via I Heart Crafty Things

3. MESS FREE PAINTING

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

4. LACING BOARDS

Lacing Boards

No one’s saying you have to paint the peg board, and no one’s 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 in this activity.
Instructions can be found via Paint Me Plaid

5. POM POMS IN A BUCKET

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 happily engaged. This pom pom bucket did the trick.
Easy instructions via Little Crunchy Mama

 

Article Posted 4 years Ago

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