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Thanks, Kelly, for another great guest post about having new babies in the house. Kelly is the author of MisKellany–and a friend of mine from high school! She is mom to Simon, 18 months, and a graduate student who lives in Mississippi. Kelly is passionate about green living and posts vegetarian Menu Plan Mondays each week.
It can be very tricky to keep a toddler entertained, especially with a new baby in the house and other things you need to accomplish during the day. Here are a few inexpensive ideas to keep your little person busy:
1. Get out some bowls, pots, and spoons. Let your toddler stir and pour dried beans on the kitchen floor.
2. Sit on the porch with your toddler while they pour water into different bowls and cups.
3. Set your toddler up on a stool by the sink. Fill the sink partially with water and dish soap. Let them wash plastic dishes with a washcloth or sponge.
4. Get a refrigerator box from your local appliance store. Let your toddler decorate the box with crayons and play inside.
5. Let your toddler build tupperware towers to knock over.
6. Strip your toddler down to their diaper. Put them in their high chair and let them fingerpaint on the tray with vanilla pudding tinted with a drop of different food colorings. (Yogurt also works, as evidenced by Libbie.)
7. Find some different hats in the attic, the coat closet, or the thrift store. Create a dress-up basket filled with different hats that are easy to take on and off independently.
8. Make some homemade play-doh. Mix 1 cup white flour, 1/4 cup salt, 2 TBS cream of tartar, 2 tsp food coloring, 1 TBS vegetable oil, and 1 cup water in a pot over medium heat for 3 – 5 minutes. Make it even more exciting with glitter or different scented extracts mixed in.
9. Seat your toddler at the table with crayons, stickers, and construction paper.
10. How do you keep your toddler entertained?