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Keeping Toddlers Busy

{photo by Joy Newman}

Do you have little ones in the house? Are you looking for some fresh ideas on how to keep them busy and happy while you homeschool older siblings? Or just some fun activities they can play with anytime? Here’s a great site that lists several fantastic ways to entertain toddlers:

Simple Little Home: 40 Ways to Distract a Toddler

Here are a few examples (to entice you to click on the above link):

Play-Doh filled balloons. You never know what a child is going to create with these, but the sensory experience is the major boon.


Clothesline Play. String up a pretend clothesline and provide a few socks, some felt clothes cut-outs, a few scarves, etc. plus a few clothespins and let younger kids have fun hanging up the wash.

– Bottles and cap matching. Take a bunch of used bottles (washed, of course) and let children match the caps to the bottles. Added bonus? This is a self-correcting activity, so when they get to the end and all the caps don't match, they know they've made a mistake and can go back to find it.

Aren't these great? You’ll find these ideas and lots more, so check out the above link and have fun with those toddlers! 

Since we’re giving out links to fun activities, here’s another great source for math activities that can be useful for preschool through primary age kids:

Chalk Talk: Math Tub Ideas

These ideas would work well in workboxes, or would just be nice to have on hand when you want to play with math. (Thank you Wendy Dow for sharing this link with us!)

Do you have any special activities or ideas to entertain the littles in your life? Please share a comment below and tell us how you keep your toddler busy while homeschooling. We know there are moms out there who will appreciate new ideas! 

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