|Posted on May 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM|
Keeping a toddler entertained without grabbing the remote can be exhausting sometimes, and thinking of ideas on the spot isn't easy either. Wanna know why?? Well, here's a quick sample of what happens when you need ideas:
Open laptop..."ooh, I have mail..." check mail... [notifications from Pinterest]..."ooh, I could sooo make that!"....(pinning...pinning...pinning)..."Mom, Mom, Mom....Mom...", "Ok, sorry, you need something to do?...Let me check Pinterest for some awesome ideas."...(pinnning)..."Ooh, I would love to travel there!...(pinning...pinning...pinning....) "Omg! Nutella Waffles??...Yes, please! ...(pinning...pinning...pinning...)
So, I think you know where this is going. (At least, I hope you do...don't make me feel alone here.) Let's just say distraction is the Devil!! Nevertheless, here we are with a boredom buster that ironically, I did not find on Pinterest...I swear...I thought of it all by myself...honestly!
I just grabbed an empty cereal box, poked a bunch of holes with an awl and put it on the floor with a bin of different colored pipe cleaners. If you don't have pipe cleaners in your home,
shame on you you can get them at any dollar store in your town (At the dollar stores they are usually called "chenille stems".
I did the first few so he could see how it's done and voila! He sat there for what seemed like at least 45 minutes bending red over blue and yellow through green.
It really was a work of art, I tell ya! Not to mention, a great activity for the development of gross motor skills. And to tell you the truth, if you walked in at that time, you would've seen me on my belly right there beside him. It was actually kinda fun!
Then I went even further and showed him how to make a mini raceway with arches. I removed all the pipe cleaners and arched them from the left side of the box to the right and elevated the box for a quick ramp effect. and he loved seeing the car go down and, of course, crash. This added another 15 minutes or so of me getting things done, (which didn't involve opening a laptop.)
So the next time you finish off your cereal, give this a go, they'll thank you!