Thursday, March 8, 2012

More Fun with Toddlers

If you missed my first installment of Fun with Toddlers you can check it out here.

So although cereal can be fun to play with the Jellybean has a 15 minute attention span at the most so we need more than just cereal to keep him occupied. That's when these next few items come in handy. Any of you with a toddler know that the baby wipes are the most fascinating thing in the world to them. That is evidenced through the fact that they can pull all the wipes out in under 30 seconds. (There's another $3.00 down the drain!)

One day, as I was working on the no sew fleece blanket it took me two months to finish, inspiration struck me. I had a bunch of left over fabric pieces from the corner's I had to cut off for the blanket and an empty rubber glove box from the C-diff incident of 2012. I placed the pieces of fabric in the container and handed it off to the Jellybean.

Fabric Square
 Glove box
 Lazy toddler
 Mom, I'll just lay here and you hand me toys to play with. Ok?
 No one is yelling at me for pulling all these out? SAWEET!
Let me see if there's anymore in here...
A toy that I'm supposed to make a mess with? I have the BEST mom EVER!

  Let's do it again, Mom!

That really is the best part of this toy. After he pulls them all out we just stuff all the pieces back in and go again. If you don't have fabric squares - use some wash cloths, post it notes, business cards! The thrill is in pulling stuff out and putting it back in.

I also have a variation on this using one of those hard plastic travel wipe containers. When we go out to eat I fill it with Sugar packets and other things that are right there on the table and let him go crazy with it. It's not like he is ready for the crayons and coloring on the kids menu yet. Unless they consider crayons an appetizer!

So total cost for this activity - $0.00. The blanket on clearance was $6.00 but I would have tossed those fabric scraps away anyhow.

Have you found any fun and inexpensive activities to do with your toddler lately?


Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

It's great how simple things can occupy kids. Great idea.

Tiffany said...

What a great idea! Toddlers are so fascinated by the simplest things and now you don't have to worry about the real wipes.

WhisperingWriter said...

Great idea!

I used to give my toddlers old magazines. They'd go to town ripping them up.

Melissa Maloney said...

Great idea! My kids always loved pulling wipes out of the containers to so I had done something similar with an old wipe box. Now at 13 and 16 they'd look at me like I'm a nut if I handed that to them to play with.

Natalie said...

This is a great idea! I saw someone else do something like this just the other day. I think my son would love it!


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