It’s hard to occupy a toddler. It’s even harder to occupy them with something you think is educational or constructive. When Alex naps I always like to attempt to do an activity just for Maggie – things we don’t do when I am chasing both her & her super fast crawling sister. Here is a list of some of our recent successful activities:
Alphabet snake: Maggie LOVES snakes (odd I know). She does not love sitting down & listening to me try & explain the ABCs. So thats when I came up with the Alphabet Snake. I cut out this snake shape from computer paper & drew a face. Then we used ABC stickers to try & recognize letters & the order they go in. Maggie was really proud of her snake & then made it “fly” around the house for the next 30 min screaming.
Little People Bath Time: Do your Little People & their animals feel really gross after a while? I think because both my kids still put everything in their mouths I get very grossed out by ours. Anyway, our new thing, about once a week, is giving them a bath. We put a towel on the kitchen floor with a big bowl of soapy water. I fill other little cups of water for her to “rinse them” & wash clothes for towels. This actually occupies her for quiet a while. You can double your efforts & do it on a day your kitchen floor needs to be washed! Most of the soapy water makes it far from the towel & soaks the floor too!
Crayola Air Dry Clay: This big bucket is about $5 at Target. We have made all sorts of things with this clay. Maggie’s favorite is to make what she calls “Critters”. She sticks pipe cleaners, pompoms, etc all over them. We have also used cookie cutters with this clay.
Fun Face Stickers: These stickers by Melissa & Doug are great because I think they help with matching. For example, the smile is 2 pieces so you have to try & find both halves & line them up to make the face. Maggie loves clowns so we made these last week:
Priddy Book’s Preschool Sticker Activity Book: I think this is the best activity book I have seen for 2-3 yearolds. The activities are ones they can actually do & understand. This book is jam packed with stickers & fun. Below are pictures of a few of the pages we have done. We also just got 2 of their other books – The Dinosaur Color & Activity Book and The Princess Color & Activity Book.