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One of my friends works at home part-time and has a toddler who is at home all day with her while her husband works at the office. She was telling me that she just doesn’t know what to do with her little girl while she’s working.
As a mom of 4 girls, I’ve found lots of ways to keep toddlers entertained. I went scouring Pinterest for even more ideas and decided to tell you about some of my favorites.
We all love a little DIY in our life, all of these ideas have recipes that you can make at home!
My go-to: bubbles! My kids are always happy if you just give them a bottle of bubbles and let them play. The Sweet Lavender Bake Shop posted a fun tutorial by the Little Willow Tree about DIY bubbles and utensils. It’s definitely easy, and if you have the materials on-hand it will save you some cash. The only ingredients are:
-Light Corn Syrup
-Liquid Dish Soap
To make the utensils, she used pipe cleaners as well as straws taped together. Your kids will have a blast playing with these bubbles while you work, cook, or just play outside together.
In my opinion, automatic bubble machines rank up there with a dishwasher in terms of appliance necessity in a household filled with kids. It is worth the money to be able to turn on the machine and watch them have endless fun with the bubbles.
Another DIY project to entertain your kids is Playdough!
Modern Parents, Messy Kids made beautiful playdough that they claim is the best DIY playdough out there. I’ve never tried it, so I can’t attest to it’s greatness, but it looks fun. You’ll need:
-White Flour – 1 cup
-Warm Water – 1 cup
-Salt – 2 tbsp
-Cream of Tartar – 2 tbsp
-Cooking Oil – 2 tbsp
-Jello – 1 3oz pack
My favorite part of this recipe is the Jello – We always have a few packs in the pantry and what pretty colors it makes! Playing with playdough helps with your kids’ creativity, fine motor skills, and it keeps them happy while you get some things done.
Finger Paints are another crowd pleaser at our house. Easy Peasie made the incredibly easy recipe above for your paints. She said they have never had any problem with the paints staining fingers (probably depends on food coloring) but you may want to put them in throw-away clothes in case the colors stain their clothing.
I love the idea of framing your kids’ finger paintings in a beautiful, elaborate frame. It puts a spin on the projects that usually end up on the fridge and makes it look like a real piece of art.
You guys always have great ideas too, so I’d love for you to share any favorite activities in the comments below!