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|20 Mar|4 mins

4 Tips For Keeping Toddlers Entertained

It’s all fun and games 'til you run out of ideas

Keep your sweet babe entertained with these DIY activities. The best part? You’ll likely have all you need around the house. Enter: a fresh batch of ideas for playtime with minimum effort and maximum F-U-N. 

1. Make DIY Play-Doh
Keep them busy by making play-doh from scratch! It's easier than it sounds, just with a mix of salt, flour, cream of tartar, oil, and some food colouring. Full recipes are a Google away. Plus, it’s great for their fine motor skills. While you’re DIY-ing, they can play with their own set of baby-proof wooden spoons and utensils.

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2. Artists In Residence
The fuss-free painting idea that the mess-makers will love, sans paint shirts. How? Squeeze their favourite colours into a large zip-lock bag and let them create their own masterpieces. Mix, swirl, repeat! Try getting them familiar with primary colours so that they create complementary colours and even sneak a piece of paper inside the ziplock bag for a keepsake at the end. 

Check out the endless ideas from The Dad Lab

3. Build A Fort
Keep cosy while having fun with some fort-building. While there’s no wrong way to go about it, we’ll share our two all-time ways. The first is piling blankets over sets of parallel chairs, mounted with cushions for stability. Alternatively, gather a sheet, pegs, and some sturdy string to build a tee-pee style fort. You’ll want to affix the string to a bookshelf or door hinge and safety pin the edge closest to the ground down. There’ll be room for nap time or afternoon stories inside – you’ll see!

4. Solve This Puzzle
Create an at-home puzzle by tracing familiar objects on some paper. From there, let them match the stencil to the correct object. With toys and knick-knacks from around the home, your options are endless.

Who knew staying indoors could be so much fun? One thing's for sure, we're staying in our PJ's ALL DAY!

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