How to Occupy Your Toddler

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What are you doing with your toddler today? I'm always looking for suggestions, especially on weekends. An anonymous mom in Answers, hoping to break her kids' TV addiction, made a similar plea.

"I have two toddlers under 3. I try to do art projects and go to the park. The kids play outside for 2 hours a day. But in between they are watching cartoons or movies--for 6 hours a day. They have toys but lose interest fast. Help!"

Personally, our family loves taking walks in the woods. There's always something new to discover; we lose ourselves for hours collecting leaves and inventing games with twigs--plus I get to burn some calories! A few thoughts from other industrious moms:


Here's what nyteowl does to occupy her 3-year-old:

  • Paint.
  • Make homemade playdough. Google "playdough recipes" and up pops quite a few, from Koolaid playdough to edible playdough.
  • Check at your local library to see if they have story time for preschoolers. Our story time offers a couple of stories with some songs and poems. After that, there are crafts and a snack. It's fun and free.
  • Tumbling class at the recreation center. It's cheap and kids move and interact.

And here's what mybaby825 does:

  • Flash cards and letter magnets.
  • Involve them in cleaning. Kids love to help. Of course, no hard task, but they will feel great when you tell them how great of a job they did. Find out how to involve kids in chores at BabyBuzz.
  • All kinds of crafts--just whatever it is, try to drag it out!

What's keeping your wee ones busy right now?

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