Raising a toddler is often defined, by many parents, as raising a little monster that never seems to lose their energy. If you happen to be one of those parents then you are well aware of this humorous little comparison. It seems like there is nothing that you can do that will keep your toddler busy and entertained. Planning various ways to keep your toddler pleased is the key to achieving your goals.
Well, here are a few tips that may just help you achieve your goal.
One of the best tips to keeping your toddler busy is to arrange their toys the night before but, the key is to arrange them in a different setup than the previous day. In doing this, your child will wake up and find renewed interest in their toys for longer period of time than they would normally spend. Also, it gives the toddler a learning experience because of the fact that they have to search through to find a toy. So, not only are you providing them a way to stay busy but also teaching them.
Another great way that you can keep your toddler busy is to recycle their toys. What this means is every now and then trade a few different toys for new toys. This will allow you to give your child some new things to play with and, as a result, heighten their imagination. You do not need to go out and buy all brand new toys. Simply make a tot of toys and every week change the toys in the tote with the ones already out. Your toddler will never get bored with the toys again.
You should also take the time to spend some quality time with your toddler. Most generally when a toddler is acting out it is not because they want to be trouble makers but, instead they are seeking your attention. Taking the time to spend some time with your toddler will help your child stay more engaged in more independent play time settings.
Finally, make up a schedule for your toddler. Children and the toddlers respond better to a structured environment. Be sure however that you are planning a wide variety of different activities. Also, each activity should be in short intervals to prevent boredom. Another great tip is to be sure that the activity does not run into the toddlers nap time or mealtime as they will become cranky and unmanaged.
So, as you can see there is a wide variety of ways to keeping your toddler busy and engaged with activities they will love throughout the day. The great thing is that these activities will even work on long road trips. Gone is the time that toddlers are called monsters for all of their energy. Just choosing the right activities will keep your toddler happy for hours. Although be sure that you are spending plenty of quality time with your toddler because, it will lead to more managed independent play later on.