Need a few free seconds away from your toddler, but you’re afraid they’ll get into trouble while you’re looking away? That’s a totally normal concern, and one we’re here to rectify. These genius toddler hacks will keep those tots busy while you actually get some work done!
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Make a toddler busy board
All you need is a three-quarter-inch plywood board from your local hardware store and some “accessories” like locks, bells and other trinkets you can nail or glue to the board. It’s a fabulous sensory experience for the kids, and it’ll give you some free time to relax or get dinner on the table.
Box and crayons
This is the cheapest and best activity to keep toddlers out of your hair. Find a big enough cardboard box that your toddler can easily sit inside it, and then let them doodle and scribble away on the inside of the box! They’ll love being able to draw at different angles, and you’ll finally be able to sneak away to the bathroom for a break.
DIY pom pom magnets
Grab some large pom poms from your local arts and crafts store and hot glue a magnet onto the back of it. The refrigerator acts as the perfect blank canvas for your toddler to play and stick the magnets wherever their heart leads.
Put a new spin on Play-Doh
If there’s one thing that toddlers love, it’s Cheerios. Grab a thick noodle or dull kabob stick and place it in a mound of Play-Doh so that it’s standing up straight. Dump some Cheerios on a plate and let your toddler string the Cheerios on the stick! It’s a great sensory lesson and will keep them occupied long enough for you to make that phone call.
DIY 'I Spy' bottle
Grab a thick water bottle that has a cap, some uncooked rice, and little treasures like dice, confetti, foam cut-outs, Scrabble tiles, etc. Add some treasures, then some rice, then some more treasures, until you fill the entire bottle. It’ll keep those toddler eyes searching for more hidden treats in the bottle for more than just a minute.