Tabitha Blueposted in Toddlerhood
We’ve all fallen guilty to it — it’s so easy to let screen time give us that break we need. And you know what? It’s okay! We all can use a break now and then. Yet in an ongoing battle against mindless entertainment for our kids, we find creative ways to keep it all in balance. Less television and internet means a better quality of life for us all.
When we turn off the screen it can encourage us to be more intentional, more productive, more interactive. Your family can enjoy the happy moments, instead of letting them slowly fade into the background of a TV show or video game.
So while the struggle is real we never give up. This is not a win-or-lose battle. It’s a tug-of-war, a balancing act of give and take. We may lose some ground occasionally, but we never give in, we fight on to be healthier, more active, and enjoy life together more.
Here’s our No-screen guide to entertaining your toddler.
Play with food.
You don’t need anything crazy or expensive to keep your little one entertained. Food is all it takes, especially when you let your toddler play with it. Set out a tray of their favorite snacks, all cut up and ready to be devoured, or serve lunch deconstructed and let their creativity flourish. You can start with building towers, counting games, sorting colors… just get in there with them and show that it’s okay to play, at least when Mommy says.
When my littlest ones get restless, we get out! Pack up some favorite snacks and a drink (we like Mott’s for Tots Apple Juice, yay for 40% less sugar!) for when everyone inevitably gets thirsty. Strap them in a stroller, and go for a walk. Or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, find a new park, hit up the zoo, go on a nature walk, find animals in the clouds together, search for rocks or sticks…you don’t have to have an arsenal of toys available; just use nature — bubbles are great for toddler outdoor time too. The fresh air and sunshine will usually brighten everyone’s mood and wear your little ones out (meaning better naps and a good night’s sleep).
Clean the house.
Yep, it might seem counter-intuitive to clean with a toddler on your heels, and really it doesn’t need to be the deep-cleaning you probably wish you could fit in, but kids LOVE to help clean! Indulge your little while they’re still willing to lend a hand. Give them a broom, a spray bottle, or a damp rag and sing songs together while you clean up.
Take a seat.
While it feels like we never really get a chance to sit down and relax, there are SO many ways to entertain a toddler while we sit. Books are a chart-topper, but don’t miss out on all the other snuggling opportunities: sing songs, tell stories, look at baby photo books, play “I Spy” while you teach colors and shapes, let them brush your hair, take pictures together; the possibilities seem pretty endless. And hey, you get to put your feet up for a bit too!
Make it rain.
Okay, okay, I’m not talking about actually making it rain, but I’ve long lived by this rule: “When you have a crab, take it to water.” Meaning, when my kids get crabby, I find some kind of water for them to play in. It could be a bin with an inch or two of water and a few small toys, some days it’s turning on the sink water to a trickle and letting them splash, maybe it’s a trip to the pool or beach, or a great excuse to get the bath going (P.S. they LOVE a good kitchen sink bath!). One thing for sure, it almost always cures those toddler blues. Or at least wears them out enough for good sleep.
What tips and ideas do you have to help curb the brain drain?
This post is sponsored by Mott’s for Tots.
Less sugar, more goodness! When you think your little one’s ready for juice, fill that sippy cup with a juice made specifically for them. One that cuts down on the sugar while adding essential vitamins. Find your tot’s flavor!