September 17, 2013

Keeping Toddlers Busy

My youngest is 2.5 yrs, and BUSY. She is too young for much solo imaginative play, and lets be honest, "playing" with her older sister doesn't always work out well either. I keep thinking that one day they will start paying Barbies together for hours at a time, like my sister and I did. But it hasn't happened yet.

One day I left our big box of crayons out on the counter and she climbed up and started peeling the wrapper off the crayons. Instinctively I thought to myself, "No! Don't ruin the crayons!" (Don't you just love fresh, sharp crayons?!?) But then I remembered that I had bought them for like 20 cents at a back to school sale. Was a few minutes of peace worth 20 cents?

YES!



She sat and peeled for close to 30 minutes. A mom can get a lot done in 30 minutes! Since then, I've sat her on the floor at church with a handful of crayons to peel, and was able to actually pay attention to what was being taught. Then again last night, she peeled two packages of the free crayons at the restaurant we went to, while the rest of us enjoyed a surprisingly peaceful meal. It.was.AWESOME.

Here she is (pant-less), peeling crayons while I should be cleaning the house.
Its better to get her "peeling fix" with crayons, instead of books. Grrr... This is just a sampling of her work.



Crayons are cheap.  Who cares if she "ruins" them. All those peeled and broken crayons can still be used for coloring, or can be turned into other creative crayon projects like these:

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I thought I'd round up a few other "keeping toddlers busy" ideas I found on Pinterest (follow me!) to give you some more ideas. All of them are ones I've tried and found successful (entertained kids, not too much mess). Enjoy!

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9 comments:

  1. Great ideas!! I'll be referencing this list come winter. Thanx!!

    Angee
    http://dressesandmesses.wordpress.com

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  2. Thanks for these great ideas! My son is almost 1 so I'm always looking for activity ideas for when I'm in your shoes! Thanks!

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  3. Great ideas! I love the matching game with the bottles! :) Thanks

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  4. Thank you so much for these ideas and their sources.

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  5. Thanks for including www.karasclassroom.com sticky window!

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    1. What is the little girl putting on the window?

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  6. LOVE this! Thanks for the tips!

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  7. Love the kid in the box idea. That saves the walls and the floor and anything else you can think of.

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