Some of my readers have toddlers in their homes and some of you may have toddlers visiting in the next few weeks so I thought I would share a couple of ideas that the toddler who spends a lot of time at my house enjoys. I have seen some of these ideas on the internet and some of them have just evolved as we were playing.
The first idea is to collect the tops that you remove from 12 oz. containers of frozen fruit juice or the flat lids from canning jars. Then find someone who uses Huggies Baby Wipes and ask them to save an empty box for you. The Huggies box is the best for this because it has an easy to open latch and the opening where you pull out the wipes is very soft with no sharp edges. Ryan has enjoyed putting the lids into the slot and then dumping them out and starting all over again. He also clangs the lids together and says that they are his cymbals. 🙂
The second idea involves large pom poms--about the size of golf balls. I got these at JoAnn Fabrics. One game we play with these is to put them through a small hole cut into the plastic lid of an oatmeal box.
We also have a large collection of little plastic cups that individual servings of applesauce and other fruits come in. Ryan often brings these for his lunch.
We line the cups up and then toss the poms into the cups. He also enjoys lining up the poms on the floor and then covering them up with the cups. Another game involves stacking the cups. We do have to watch out when playing with the poms because Buddy tries to run off with them.
These inexpensive (or in many cases free) items have provided hours of fun at our house and are things that you might want to consider adding to your collection.
Would any of you care to share your ideas for entertaining toddlers?