Last Monday, we started month long series on the blog – Less Toys. More Play. with a list of 20 Reasons to Say YES! to Less Toys. More Play., continued with limiting book choices to get more reading, then went outside for play (we don’t mind sun or snow!), played with some junk electronics and went through things to keep in mind when picking just the right toy for our kids! We also suggested donating toys as a way to teach kids kindness and declutter!
Today we are happy to host Thaleia from Something 2 Offer who will share one very simple and effective idea to keep kids happily busy!
Are you fretting over what to do with your curious toddler? Worry no more. Toddlers are notorious for wanting to “help”. Of course, this can mean a bigger mess for the caregiver then without the toddler’s help. My youngest son is such a well-meaning helper but he can quickly make a huge mess. The other day he heard me turn on the water in the kitchen sink and came running!
He quickly pushed a chair up to the sink and shoved his little hands in as far as he could reach. He grabbed up some dirty dishes and tried to drink off the spoon! He also spilled water down the front of him and a bunch on the floor in the process. A different day he grabbed the Sit ‘n Spin and stood on it in front of the sink! This is what prompted me to create a Toddler Dish Washing Station.
I grabbed a large towel and folded in half on his toddler table. Next I grabbed an empty plastic rectangular container, hospital toothbrush, small scoop, baby washcloth and applesauce cup. I put just enough water to cover the bottom on the rectangular container and voila! Instant Toddler Dish Washing Station. This water was clean so he could drink away! He was happy which kept him quiet while his siblings slept which made mama happy.
He played for quite some time scooping water up and pouring it back in. He slurped his spoon. He wiped his little bowl and was happy as a Lark. A few more items that can be added to change the entire experience:
- slotted spoon
- small pitcher
- small dropper
- turkey baster
- medicine cups
- medicine spoons
Thaleia joins us from Something 2 Offer where she writes about tot school, homeschool resources, parenting and living frugally. She is a mom of 4 very active children, 3 boys and 1 girl. She homeschools her children while working on the next blog project, review, or giveaway. Currently she is launching a new site with 2 other bloggers called Natural Organic Network.
On Monday, we are continuing 24 day series of Less Toys. More Play with Helen from Peakle Pie who will share with us several ideas for fun and engaged imaginative play without commercial toys.All 24 articles we will be sharing during February have been written by a number of prominent family friendly bloggers (some educators, all parents). These articles will be collected and you will find them on our page Less Toys. More Play.