We parents are busy (i say ‘parents’ for diplomacy’s sake – don’t worry, we all know i mean ‘us Moms’ 🙂 ) – There’s the morning rush to get everyone up and dressed, we have to make sure they brush their teeth and wash their faces, and if i even thought of letting Kayla out of the house without making her brush her hair, i’d probably have the zoo knocking at the door… (seriously, that child’s got a wild hair situation in the mornings!) We have to feed everyone and get the bigger people out the door. Then the fun begins! Time to get Mom ready… but there’s a little person running around, trying to grab onto your leg, shouting ‘mommy!’, ‘mommy!’, ‘mommy!’ for no specific reason, and you can’t even see straight for all the movement and sound that is emanating from that little being.
Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or a working mom, there are sure to be a couple of times through out the day when you just need 5 minutes… perhaps the there’s a load you want to throw in the machine, perhaps an email needs answering or perhaps you just want to try put on some eyeliner without a toddler hanging on your arm, making the process even more fun. Here are 20 ideas for some easy ways to entertain your 2 or 3 year old for a few minutes, so mommy can get a few minutes of Mommy Time.
1. Get your little one some large beads and keep them in a plastic box with a shoelace – ask your child to string you a ‘fancy pattern’.
2. Have a small basket for socks. Ask your little one to help you fold socks – kids love to feel important!
3. Strap your child into his high seat and spray a dollop of whipped cream on his tray for him to play with – very messy but SO much fun!
4. Give your child a piece of paper and some crayons – and give them an assignment to draw ( their favorite toy, their pet, their favorite food)
5. Give your kiddy a few of their books and ask them to build a tower of books.
6. Dedicate a bottom drawer it the kitchen to plastic dishes so that your child can safely pull it out and play while you’re busy in the kitchen.
7. Dump out the blocks and see how long it takes to pick up all the blocks.
8. Find the cat (or dog) and give it a treat.
9. Ask your toddler to try and set up their train set.
10. Let your child rip apart an old magazine – this is especially great if you are planning on doing a paper mache craft later on, such as a paper mache piggy bank (brightbrainy.com)
11. Let your child finger paint with yogurt – fun and yum!
12. Play dough is always a great idea, and if you’re worried about your child eating it, you could always go for edible play dough (brightnbrainy.com)
13. Spray some shaving foam on a chopping board and let your little one drive toy cars through it – great fun!
14. Let your toddler glue uncooked macaroni onto thick paper or cardboard using non-toxic glue or a mixture of water and flour, you’ll be amazed at how much fun they’ll have doing this!
15. Squirt some paint into a Ziploc bag (double bag it if you’re nervous), tape to a window and let your child go wild – all the fun of painting without the mess.
16. Get a white board and some dry erase markers and ask your toddler to copy some shapes or letters that you draw for them.
17. Get a soft pet grooming brush (or use an old baby brush) and have your toddler brush the family cat or dog (only a good idea if the family pet is up for it 🙂 )
18. Ask your child to decorate a paper plate. You can get them to make a mask, or draw a picture for you to hang in a special place in the house.
19. Pull out your child’s favorite puzzle…
20. Hand your child a clean cloth and ask them to wipe down some of their bigger toys. This is a great way to start introducing them to responsibility, and most toddlers love cleaning anyways!
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