One of the more frequent questions I get is, “How do you keep the Terror Toddler busy while you do school?”
Well, the easiest answer is, “He naps.” Truly. Nap time is prime time school time around here.
Alas, not everything can be accomplished during that blessed 90 minutes or so.
Being a not-so-creative sort, I’m not into making our own toys, I can’t sew or knit (one handed issues), so I’ve resorted to easier solutions.
Terror Toddler loves race car tracks, cars, and trains. So, that can keep him busy for a while, but there are times when, for whatever toddler reason, he’s just not interested in those. So, then what?
Bubbles are a big hit here.
I take one of my big metal mixing bowls, put in enough dish soap to cover the bottom, and add about an equal amount of warm water. Then, I beat the snot out of it with my electric mixer (although a whisk would work too).
I put a towel or two on the kitchen floor, add a second, empty bowl, some measuring cups, spoons, a whisk, whatever is waterproof and handy, and let Terror Toddler have at it.
Non toxic, safe, and keeps him busy forever.
Best part is, if it gets on the floor, cupboards, or Terror Toddler himself? Soap. If he makes a big enough mess, I call it washing the floor.
That’s a parenting win-win, folks. Toddler safely entertained, and can double as housework.
If I could figure out a way to teach him to fold and put away laundry as entertainment, I could label myself as Parenting Queen of the Universe, and travel the world, give paid lectures, and make a living teaching others how to manage their minions.
Alas, it’s just bubbles.