We all have those days where we just can’t get anything done. And those are the days when we usually have deadlines to meet, errands to run and all kinds of jobs to do at home that simply can’t wait any longer. And that’s usually when your little one needs the most attention.
As if mum guilt wasn’t bad enough! It’s not easy for them to understand that if you have just an hour to get things done, then you’ll have so much more time to play with them (and when they’re having a nap, you can catch up on the latest outfits at the Met Gala and celebrity gossip!) but it’s not always that easy. So, with that in mind we’ve rounded up some toddler activity ideas that will hopefully keep them busy for a while!
Let’s tidy up!
Isn’t it amazing how when kids are little, they’re desperate to help you tidy and put away. But as they get older, they’re positively offended by the idea. My advice – make the most of it while you can! If you have a small broom or even a little dustpan and brush, then let them get busy! You could even give them a fresh cleaning cloth and ask them to dust the cupboards or even the front of the fridge. Toddlers love being given “jobs” to do, it makes them feel so grown up! And it’ll certainly keep them busy for a while!
Again, as mentioned above, toddlers like to feel as grown up as mummy and daddy. So, why not set them up safely by the sink, or give them a bowl of water and let them wash things. From fruit and vegetables, to plastic spatulas, wooden spoons or a rolling pin. They’ll love the bubbles!
This one is great in so many ways. Of course it’s going to keep them busy for a while, but it’s also great for their imagination and developing their motor skills too. If you set them up at a little table and put some towels down around them, then you won’t need to worry about playdoh being trod into the carpet. There are also plenty of DIY recipes for playdoh online!
Get them in the tub
Need to clean the bathroom sink? Or the loo? I usually stick mine in the bath when I have bathroom chores to get done. That way I can keep an eye on them while they play safely, and I don’t have to worry about them grabbing dirty cloths or unsanitary items while I’m cleaning. If I have emails to get through, I’ll bring a chair into the bathroom while my little one plays. It also means that I don’t have to worry about finding the time to bathe them later on. Just watch out for the splashes!
Mix it up
If you don’t mind clearing up afterwards then this is perfect. Give them a large bowl, a wooden spoon and fill the bowl with dry ingredients, like sugar, flour or pasta and instruct them to mix it all up for you. They’ll love it!
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