Yay! Exciting! Then…hang on its not going to be as straight forward this time as you are going to be keeping a toddler busy!!
When I was pregnant with my second child I started really thinking…how am I going to keep Levi (2.5yrs) busy while I’m feeding the baby? Or when I am trying to put the baby to bed? Or when Im trying to have a shower? What happens when we need some quiet time? What can he do that is not watching the television? (TV can be a total godsend too!)
I decided to research all sorts of activities that would keep Levi busy but would also benefit him in some way aswell.
Some of these activities help to improve your child fine motor skills, these skills are essential for children to do everyday tasks such as getting dressed, opening lunch boxes and holding a pencil.
Other activities use matching objects together, these are great skills that help develop their vocabulary, picture recognition which helps with reading in the future. These activities also help with early numeracy skills as it is one to one correspondence.
Plastic animals, wooden pegs, paint samples (2 of each colour you want to use), pipe cleaners, balloons (not to be left in the box), play dough, colouring books, a plastic colander, and a box to place everything in!
Grab your colour samples and cut out strips to stick onto the pegs. Your child can match the pegs to the correct colour on the colour swatch. Skill : Fine motor & one to one matching
I found pictures of animals on the internet that corresponded to the plastic animals I had bought from the dollar store. Ask your child to match the plastic animals with the pictures of the real animals. Skill : Vocabulary, one to one matching & fine motor
Pipe cleaner spaghetti
Put a few pipe cleaners through the holes in the colander. Ask your child to thread the pipe cleaners through the holes in the colander. Skill : Fine motor
Add fun things like play dough, balloons to blow up , matchbox cars and colouring in books, pencils and anything else your toddler is particularly into that will keep them amused while you are busy with a new baby.
Points to think about:
- Make sure there is nothing too small in the box that can be a choking hazard.
- Keep the box in a special place that is not easily accessible for your toddler, the excitement in it is that they are not able to use it all the time and will keep them busy in important times.
- Add to the box as you go, find something else that will interest them? Add it!
- Make the busy box relevant to your child’s age, if your child is older add items such as dot to dot, in home treasure hunt or a contraction exercise.
- Why not look through my other pages for more ideas of what to do with your children to prepare for when you have a new baby in the house.
- Why not make one for a friend? I made one for a close friend of mine when she had her second too!
- Always accept help when you have a baby…people love to help!