Do you have an active toddler, rushing around the house or playground from one thing to the next?
Is your child bored with her toys and books?
Here are some ideas, and I hope others will join in the conversation with more ideas to keep those active tots engaged, learning and safe.
Keep some or most special books set aside for reading together before naps and at bedtime. Then the child will get used to calming down with a snuggle and a read before going off to sleep. Also this will protect the books from being destroyed by a curious little person.
Divide the child’s toys into half or even thirds. Set aside and hide the half or third. Alternate toys every few weeks (few days), then old toys are like new again, and again, and again.
Put your favorite music on and dance, dance, dance!
Don’t get into the habit of rewarding or comforting your child with food, especially sweets. This creates a bad habit of rewards or comfort equals something to eat.
Daily outings, as simple as walking around the neighborhood or going out to get the mail help break up the routine at home and get some fresh (hopefully) air for everybody.
Swimming, baths, and water play are great ways to mix up the routine, with your supervision of course! There is lots of learning and experimentation going on with pouring water in and out of containers and all over the floor! This is where Asian bathrooms are the best with drains in the floors. Outside water play is great too! Don’t worry about mud. It washes off. My Norwegian friends really helped me with this when my kids were little. Just find some rain boots and slickers and it doesn’t matter what the weather is like. The important thing was to get the kids outside to play.
Now what are some of your ideas to help entertain or calm down an active Tot?