Everyone knows that entertaining and taking care of a toddler can be very draining. While a curious mind is typically a good thing sometimes it can drive you a little crazy. To give you hard-working mom's a break we came up with a fun list of 10 activities that will keep your toddler happy and give you some time to catch your breath.
- These require a nice day and a deck, but are great. Fill up a small tub with water and provide scoops, bowls, and a few fun toys that sink or float. Add a few drops of food coloring for extra fun! Your child will need a change of clothes after its all over, but there will be a lot of fun in the mean time. *Please use your best judgment when allowing young children to engage in water play and ensure close supervision at all times.
Legos and blocks:
- These are great all by themselves, and can also be used with other props like dolls, cars, shoeboxes, and paper towel rolls.
- Who doesn’t love making a bit of noise? Get out the old saucepans and wooden spoon and get your youngster drumming. Better yet, a set of colorful maracas will give it a more authentic feel.
- Trying to get some space while you cook dinner? Consider giving your young one a couple pots, pans, and utensils of their own and let them pretend cook along with you.
- It’s versatile, colorful, and not too messy. What’s not to love? Plus, you can make it yourself at home with basic ingredients and there are lots of different ways to use it creatively.
- Put on some light hearted tunes and let your toddler jam out. Encourage him/her to dance and maybe even show off a few moves of your own.
- Give your child a cup of water and a brush and let them paint their latest masterpiece onto the porch or driveway. With little to no clean up this activity makes for a stress free distraction. An alternative to this type of painting is with a Ziploc bag filled with paint. Simply fill the bag with a little bit of paint, seal the bag and tape it onto a glass door or window. Now your child can paint wonderful creations without any of the mess.
- Even though your child most likely can’t read just yet, he/she will still enjoy looking at pictures in children’s books. Pick out a couple and let your toddler explore the book and picture at his/her own pace.
- Set up a flashlight shining against a wall and show your toddler how to make a shadow puppet. After a quick demonstration your child will be lost in the game and you’ll be free to take a breather.
- They don't even need helium- just blow them up and tie them to a ribbon to let your child try and keep it in the air. Bonus points for getting a pool noodle to hit the balloon with.