How to entertain a child for 30 minutes.
Being a stay at home mom has it’s perks, you don’t have to get dressed up, brush your hair or even brush your teeth if you don’t feel like it (although it’s highly recommended). You learn some tricks along the way in order to entertain your child to get certain things done (blogging, cleaning, calling your cable company) but doing those thing sometimes require some silence of sorts. And if you have kids calling you every single minute while you are trying to do the aforementioned tasks, GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!
I’m sharing several ideas on how to entertain you children for 30 minutes.
Okay, you can say.. That’s not a long time. Yea.. it’s not BUT and that’s a big BUT we are crafty ladies and we get things done when we don’t even have that. I’m going to share 4 items that have helped me entertain my child and I hope it helps you get some time to get whatever you need done, even if it’s a nap.
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#1 – WATER PLAY
This is a winner at our house! It doesn’t require any fancy toy although sometimes it helps but if you have a hose and are willing to waste some water for your sanity and work to flow, then mama turn on that hose. (Make sure you don’t turn it up too strongly and it’s on the mist feature)
This entertains my little guy (granted he’ll be 2.5 in a couple months) but it works wonders and he is also burning up some energy for later when it’s bedtime. WIN-WIN. Am I right or am I right? Buckets also work wonders.
We also have one of these water play tables where you can put sand or whatever on one side and water in the other side. I have never used sand (I think that requires a little bit more clean up and mama don’t want the hassle)and just put water on both sides. He doesn’t know what it’s supposed to be. 🙂
#2 – WATERCOLORS/PAINTING/DRAWING
This could be done inside too but could potentially lead to screaming on my part. I prefer it being an outside play with my toddler. He tends to get messy and mess stays outside, unless he’s sitting right next to me. I have a large spiral bound sketchpad from a previously failed attempt at drawing, which now has purpose “his fabulous masterpieces” for his mother. We use these to color at my house, which you can find a full on review on this blog. I highly recommend them.
indoor entertainment- Great for those rainy days
#3 – PLAYDOH
Oh goodness. I took a while to introduce play-doh to my son and I have no clue why, maybe I thought he would eat it I suppose. But goodness. He can sit still on his little ikea table (that’s the only place I allow him to play with it. Don’t judge me, I don’t want too much of a mess). The table is in his room but I bring it out to the middle of our living room when I have a deadline or just need him to be entertained while I get some cleaning done.
This one is also great for those rainy days, which as I write is happening right now. But he’s napping so we’ll use play-doh later cause I still have a lot of to do!
#4 – TV/IPAD
This one is not my favorite, and I held off on him watching TV for the longest time. But once he sees me bring out the iPad, he is elated! I think that is his favorite thing outside of chocolate (he’ll do anything for chocolate, but don’t we all? HAHA) I think my son thinks he’s been rewarded when I hand him the iPad. He also loves to watch Cars and just recently got hooked on watching Jonah (VeggieTales) on amazon video.
Here’s wishing you a good luck mom or dad on entertaining your sweet angels! If you have some more ways to entertain your child please do so in the comments below! We very much need ideas.
Thanks for reading!
Books To Read:
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1.For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
2.The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
3.Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman
4.Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson
5.Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love by Power of Moms
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