Parenting Tips To Help Keep Your Toddler Busy
Toddlers always seem to be busy doing something. Their whole day is about playing and exploring, and it can seem like everything is an adventure to them. Although this is a fun time in your child’s life, it is sometimes a challenging time from a parenting perspective. Toddlers demand a lot of attention, so finding time to do much else can be difficult. This article will give you some ideas of how to keep your toddler busy during the day.
Every toddler has a particular show that they love and will watch over and over. Pop in their favorite show and let their favorite characters captivate their attention. While your child is busy watching the movie, you can take a little time to get some housework accomplished. The movie might only hold their attention for a little while, but that is sometimes all that you need.
You can spend a fortune on expensive toys, and your toddler probably still prefers simple things. Empty boxes and plastic containers are a great way to keep your toddler entertained. Have them stack the boxes and containers and encourage them to be creative. Empty paper towel rolls make great megaphones and pots and pans are great drums. Look around your house and find everyday items that your child can play with. This will also help them to develop their creativity.
There is nothing better to a toddler than playing in a giant tub of balls. Invest in some ball pit balls and fill up a laundry basket with them. Let your kid jump in and play in the balls. This is a good time also to teach your child colors if you use a variety of different colored balls. If you break out the mini ball pit during laundry time, chances are that your toddler is going to be too busy with the balls to want to “help” you with the laundry.
Set aside toys that your toddler can only play with during their independent play time. Your child will look forward to playing with their special toys by themselves. This gives you a little break to take care of things that need to be done around the house. If you need to, remind your child that this is their special and quiet play time, and if they are finished it is time to put the toys away. Sometimes a gentle reminder is all your toddler needs to get them playing with their special toys again.
Trying to get anything done when you have a toddler can be a challenge. Learning how to keep your toddler busy can help free up a little time in your day to get things accomplished. As helpful as toddlers try to be, they sometimes only end up getting in the way and making your task twice as hard. Apply some of the tips from this article to keep your toddler busy. A happy parent and a happy toddler definitely make for a happy household!