Now that Molly is getting a little older I’m finding myself constantly looking for things to keep her busy. And I also find myself frequently asking other parents what they do with their kiddos. So I thought a fun post on my blog today could be about my top five activities for toddlers.
A Box and Crayons/Washable Markers
A couple days ago I asked you guys what you like to do with your toddlers and so many people recommended putting your little one in a large box with markers and letting them go to town. I thought that was SUCH a good idea. And since I am always buying things for my blog, we always have empty boxes laying around. So we tried it out with Molly yesterday and she loooooved it! She couldn’t believe her luck that we were letting her color on something other than paper. I am a little nervous that this will encourage coloring in other places that aren’t paper, but her crayon/markers are kept hidden away unless she is being watched, so I think we will be ok. I will let you know if something ends up happening! Ha!
The park is an obvious choice. But Molly loves going so much that I had to put it on this list. She would go every single day if she could. And luckily, now that we have a nanny who is helping us out on weekday mornings, she does get to go pretty often! It’s a great way to get her energy out in the morning so that she naps well in the afternoon. And on weekends, Kevin and I love to take her and all go as a family. The best thing about a park is it’s free! Having kids is expensive and all of their activities are expensive too. So the fact that the park is free makes it a no-brainer for this list. It’s really my number one activity!
A Water Park
A water park absolutely had to be on my list because Molly is obsessed with everything to do with the water. And as much as I’d love to take her to the beach, Riley is just too little to spend an entire day outside at the beach. Plus, anyone who’s ever had an infant knows that to do an activity like the beach, you need to haul an entire cars worth of stuff with you. You spend the majority of the day just getting to the beach and once you’re there it’s not relaxing when you have an infant and toddler to care for. So even though I think the beach is a great activity for older kiddos, for us to get Molly’s water time activities in, we prefer a water park. We recently went to Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove. Have you guys heard of this place before? They have them all around the country. We went while my sister and her family were visiting us and the kiddos had the absolute best time! Molly has talked about it every day since we got back! It works perfectly for us and our situation right now because Kevin was able to take Molly into the pool and water play areas while I sat on the sidelines with Riley and watched them play. We switched on and off. I’d be with Molly and he’d be with Riley sometimes too. It’s so important for us to keep doing things with Molly even though we have a little baby and this was the perfect option for us.
A Toddler and Me Class at her Preschool
I wanted to add this to the list because I think it’s super important. A lot of parents take their kids to toddler any me classes. However, I think it’s really important to join the toddler and me class at the preschool your child is going to be going to. For instance, Molly has been going to a toddler and me class that either Kevin or I take her to once a week since she was one. And now when she starts preschool on September 6, I can’t believe how soon that is, she will be familiar with the school and it won’t seem like such a big transition for her. So not only is a toddler and me class a great way to have kids get out energy and socialize with other kiddos, but it’s a great way to prepare them for a future school they might be going to. By the way, I seriously can’t believe that Molly is going to be going to preschool soon! It’s only two days a week for three hours in the morning, but still! I’m officially about to be a mother to a child in school! That just blows my mind.
This might seem like a weird choice to put on this list depending on what farmers markets are like in your area, but the one near our house is great to take Molly to! We actually went this morning as you will see if you watch my insta stories. The reason I love this as an activity is because not only does Molly love it, but Kevin and I are also able to take advantage of the opportunity and go shopping for produce for the week. So it’s kind of like we’re getting an errand done and doing with something with Molly all at the same time. But that’s because our farmers market is incredible! It’s got an area for kids that includes a bouncy house, slides, a small petting zoo area with animals and other kiddo appropriate rides like a swing that goes round and round. Molly talks about the farmers market all week! She doesn’t quite get the difference in the days but we let her know every day how far away Sunday is so we can go to the farmers market. And I love that every time we’re there we can teach her about local farming and the importance of buying some food locally. She also knows that she get strawberries every time she goes to the farmers market, which she absolutely loves, and we’re happy to give her farm fresh organic strawberries when we go.
Like I mentioned above when I was talking about the water park, Molly absolutely loves the water! And while we’re lucky enough that we have a pool in our backyard, it’s fenced off so she can’t get in it on her own. Sometimes it can be a process to get her in a swim diaper and for us to get in there with her. Especially with baby Riley. Since one of us has to stay out of the pool to take care of him. He’s still too little to go in the chlorine. So that’s why water toys in our backyard are so essential. It’s easy because we’ll let Molly go outside and will pretty much let her run around naked and play with all her water toys. We don’t even worry about a swim diaper since if there are any accidents it’s not like it’s going in our big pool. We have three things right now a water table for her to splash in, a kitty pool (how stinking CUUUUUUUTE are this candy themed one and this flamingo one) and a little sprinkler that she can run through. She loves all three things and they completely made her summer!
That’s all I’ve got for now! Share you favorite things to do with your toddler to keep them busy in the comments below! I looooove hearing all your ideas!