But lately Daddy's been gone a lot for work and I've been needing time to wrap presents, clean, take care of Kjel and a multitude of other tasks that are almost impossible to do with a leaping, bounding, accident-prone Gage needing attention.
I decided to go to the mattresses and researched my guts out (by research I mean looked a lot on Pinterest) to find activities that a toddler boy would enjoy that would take up about twenty minutes and keep him engaged without a ton of parental intervention.
I found nothing. Either the activities were expensive, insanely messy, super boring or just straight up weird. So we went to the mattresses once more and opted to try our old friend Play-Do again. I say again because he loved playing with it at Steven's parents' house but always with an adult close by, scraping it off of the table and intervening when he tried to sneak little mountains of it into Kjel's mouth or belly button.
This is what we ended up with:
One can of Play-Do (.35 cents on Black Friday at Walmart)
One cookie sheet that I don't really care about ($1.00 at the Dollar Store)
One can opener that isn't dangerous (the sharp edge is covered with Gorilla tape so he can't cut himself and he loves being able to play with something that appears so high-tech, also $1.00)
A wooden spoon and a measuring cup and he's good to go!
We had everything lying in the kitchen already, so there wasn't any special cost associated with this activity.
Clean up is a breeze because the only rule is that the Play-Do has to stay on the cookie sheet, as do the utensils. This rule eliminates a host of other issues (like feeding it to KJ). I think it also gives him a sense of purpose, which keeps him engaged longer.
We've been having "play-do time" every day for about two weeks now and it's a guaranteed twenty minutes of
I need more ideas, though. If I could have like four or five of these activities that keep him focused, don't need much supervision, and don't involve running around/doing flips, I would get so much more done.
How do you entertain your toddlers (is a three-year-old considered a toddler?)?