Young toddlers can sometimes be the hardest to entertain. Which is why I am always trying to find easy activities for toddlers.They have short attention spans and are not quite able to keep themselves busy most of the time. This can cause a problem when we are cooking dinner or needing to get something else done.
I don’t know about you but the hour or so before we eat dinner is what I affectionately call the “witching hour”, it is usually the time when my kids simultaneously melt down. So one of my parenting tricks I like to pull out of my hat is to set them up with simple activities that will keep their interest before I start dinner, so that I can cook without having two screaming banshees hanging on my leg.
10 Easy Toddler Activities to Keep them Occupied While you get Something Done:
1.Basket or bowl full of random kitchen item.
I don’t know what it is about household things but they keep my kids attention more than their toys a majority of the time. Just grab them and let them play with them.
2. A box.
It is a joke in our house that our kids don’t need toys for Christmas, all they need is a box. I don’t know what it is about the box but they come up with such imaginative ways to play with it. So you can give them just a box or crayons to draw on the box or you could give them this kitchen tools and let them bang on the box. Regardless, you will be amazed what a simple box can be used for.
3. Cut up some pipe cleaner and give them an empty spice container and let them put the pipe cleaner through the holes.
Bonus- it is a great fine motor activity. Score!
4. Colander and Pipe Cleaner.
This is a great one because it is a awesome fine motor activity!
5. Pom Poms in a water bottle.
I love this one because it is one that the younger toddlers like and even my preschooler loves it.
This one is on the messy side but put them on a mess mat (I use an plastic shower curtain liner) and this will keep them busy for a long time!
7. Cup Towers.
Like boxes, my kids come up with such creative uses for plastic cups.
8. Water Play.
Put a bit of water in a bowl with some measuring cups and spoon and put them on a towel and you have a super fun activity that will definitely keep their attention!
9. Pots and Pans Drums.
Give them a few pots and some spatulas and let them bang away. This is a classic!
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