5 Activities For Toddlers (For When You Need 5 Minutes Peace)

5 Activities For Toddlers  (For When You Need 5 Minutes Peace)

The toddler years are full of fun and games, but can also be a time of frustration, both for you and them. I make no pretence that there are moments in the day when I need 5 minutes peace to either cook the dinner, take an important phone call or tidy the house to an acceptable standard (and not like we’ve just been burgled.)

My boy is not a TV watcher, he’s a busy boy who likes to be on the go. He helps with a lot of my daily chores, whether I like it or not,  likes to run about, climb every piece of furniture has an unhealthy fascination with the toilet. That pretty much sums up his entertainment for the day but you can guarantee that the minute I need to get on and do something without a co pilot, he has other ideas.

So I’ve been devising a back up plan, my fail safe, a plan B.

I’ve shared my love of sensory play before (click here if you’re not if you’re not a season ticket holder) as the toddler is a fiddler. He’s very much into sensorimotor / touch it, eat it, throw it at the dog, play but does pick things up very quickly. And I thought it was high time I shared my latest finds which are the result of inspiration from Pinterest and my favourite, The Imagination Tree.

Rice and lentils

I keep a grow bag tray, which I bought from my local garden centre for a few pounds, by the back door. When I’m in the kitchen and need a distraction so I can make tea, I fill it with some budget rice and lentils. I add spoons and cups and place it on a blanket to make tidying up quicker. When I’m finished, I transfer it to an old quality street tub for the next play session. You can add glitter, rolled oats or pasta for variation.

5 minutes activities for toddlers for when you need a spare pair of hands

Shaving foam car derby

My toddler hates sitting for too long, making high chair times short and sweet. If I need him contained, maybe to sweep the floor without him diving in the newly formed dirt pile and taste testing what ever he can get his hands on in the spilt second I grab the dustpan. I’ll cover his highchair tray in sensitive shaving foam and give him some cars to role through and make patterns.

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Masking tape fiddle session

I keep a roll of this handy for uninterrupted cooking sessions. The days when he’s had enough, witching hour’s is in full swing and we’re on a minute-for-minute countdown to bath and bed time. Peeling some off and sticking on the cupboard doors then showing him how to pull it off and stick back on grabs me a few minutes distraction.

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Pom Pom Tunnels

With a little forward planning, by which I mean keeping some kitchen rolls, this is a great busy activity with a multi use. Simply stick a use tube (can be wrapping paper tube or a few toilet rolls) onto an upright surface and give them some pom poms, make sure they’re small enough to fit through the hole or you could end up with a very frustrated toddler. I made mine the good old-fashioned way with cardboard hoops and wool, but you can buy some cheap enough.

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Socks in a box

I am guilty of hoarding a stupid amount of odd socks in the hope that one day, they’ll all pair up eventually. When I admit defeat I’ll get the leftovers, roll a couple up and give them to the toddler to throw to his heart’s content. To make it more of a challenge, we use the laundry basket or a cardboard box as our target. I can also usually get a few extra minutes out of taking them out, sock ball by sock ball, and putting them back in the back. Toddlers love to help and t’s a great way to start off that tidying up after your self routine.

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23 Comments

  1. 18th November 2015 / 9:23 am

    Great ideas! Tape wins hands down in this house x #sharewithme

    • 18th November 2015 / 2:46 pm

      I’m quite partial to a bit of tape pulling myself sometimes, it’s quite therapeutic!

  2. 18th November 2015 / 9:32 am

    Lovely lovely ideas to make a kid occupied and it’s cheap too. Sometimes we don’t need expensive toys to entertain our kids, just need to use our existing resources and that’s them having fun. Lovely post! #sharewithme

    • 18th November 2015 / 2:45 pm

      I try to keep expenses down as much as i can as I know how much more expensive they get the older they get!

  3. 18th November 2015 / 1:27 pm

    I love all of these but particularly the sensory play with lentils. All great activities for motor control. Your toddler must be a whizz! #sharewithme

    • 18th November 2015 / 2:44 pm

      He isn’t too bad with the fiddly stuff but thats not always a good thing, He has a thing for putting plugs in plug sockets at the moment!

  4. Joanna @mumbalance
    18th November 2015 / 10:42 pm

    Great activities – simple and quick to setup 🙂
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  5. 19th November 2015 / 1:45 pm

    These are so clever. I really love shaving foam derby because it’s messy but easy to clean up. My son will love that one. Thanks.

    • 19th November 2015 / 8:38 pm

      My boy loves that one too, I end up standing on ceremony with the can as he demands more!

  6. 20th November 2015 / 12:52 pm

    Great ideas, we’ve been using the ball pit balls in the thick kitchen roll tubes…. h loves it! Thought she did take to chewing the end of the tube too ????

  7. 20th November 2015 / 7:52 pm

    Great ideas! Love the pom pom tunnel !!! #thelist xx

    • 24th November 2015 / 8:43 am

      That’s the one which probably keeps him occupied the longest.

  8. 21st November 2015 / 10:07 am

    I love the grow bag tray and shaving foam ideas. Tin Box Tot loves messy play but I’m always loathed to make more mess than we already have in the house. I like it that there’s some control with these activities 🙂 #thelist

    • 24th November 2015 / 9:37 pm

      They aren’t too bad, it helps if the rice tray is on a towel and mat for quick tidy ups.

  9. Jenny
    24th November 2015 / 10:06 pm

    Oh my goodness these are brilliant and every single one of them would occupy my little ones for so long. I am going to take notes right now and try some this weekend. lol Thank you for stopping by LTM and linking up to SWM. I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round of #sharewithme

  10. 26th November 2015 / 11:15 am

    Ooh some really good ideas there ! Nice to see that no furniture is being destroyed…that’s normally what happens when I need to make tea or unload the dishwasher. that or the TV :-/ Thanks for linking up to #TheList xx

    • 26th November 2015 / 10:08 pm

      Believe me, I spent along time looking for ideas to save my long suffering furniture!

  11. 3rd May 2016 / 9:46 pm

    Such great ideas! Thank you for sharing with me 🙂 I need to buy some masking tape and save a few kitchen rolls… oh and borrow some odd socks from you! J loves socks! I also love the idea of an old chocolate box to store the food in… mine gets chucked in a box and takes up a lot of room. Plus it is a good wxcuse to eat all the chocolate first! 😉

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