Inexpensive Ideas for Toddlers

I noticed in the current giveaway posts, we have a follower that is trying to find inexpensive things to do with a one year old so, I thought I would dedicate this post to giving a little advice.

I am a mother of two boys , one is three and the other is six.  I have been there and I am sure there are plenty of followers that can tell you even more great things to do. 

One year olds and most all toddlers you can not leave them alone for a second.  If you think you can, then walk away for about a minute and see what you come back to.  A MESS!!!  That is what they do.  They love to explore and touch everything.   Things are touched and then a new thing has to be touch and so on.

Here are a few fun ideas that you can do to interact with your child.

1.  Gather a few objects around the house that may be new and some that they have seen before.   Sit across from each other and have each object behind your back.  Bring each thing to the front of you and say how if feels, what color it is, and how it is used.

Ex.  A banana:  Bring it forward and say yum, banana, yellow, and then let them feel the banana.  They will probably try to grab which then will cause a mess so before this happens peel it and let them taste or eat.

2.  Stacking cups.  Have you ever seen kids stack blocks and have just as much fun knocking them down?  Well, an inexpensive way to do this is to stack plastic cups as a pyramid and let them knock them down.  You can have fun with this too.  Be a kid again and knock them down! LOL!

3.  Craft projects are a little to old for a one year old and they will make more of a mess then you ever intended.  You can buy cheap finger paints, put them on some old clothes, plus a high chair ( to lock them in place) and let them go at it.  I say finger paint because it is the easiest to clean up.  My six year old loved to do this when he was little.

4.  With you around of course, let them put things in and out of the laundry basket.  We have several laundry baskets around the house that serve different purposes.  You can also place the small laundry basket over their favorite toy and play hide and seek with it.  This is always an exciting thing for them if you are also excited when they find it. 

5.  Using all sizes of Tupperware let them play by placing them inside of each other.  Simple but very effective!

6.  If you have little girls and even little boys, you can let them play with the umbrella strollers in the house because at this age they also really like to push things.  If you can find a cheap kids grocery cart this is also a very good toy because they can help you clean by making it fun.  They pick up their own toys and put them in their cart.

This is a hard age to deal with because it is the most time-consuming.  You are focused on them and what they can and can’t get into.  Trying to find new things can be hard.  Usually at this age if you buy them a toy they will play with the box.  At least that is what my two did. 

Time goes by so quickly and you will wish you had this time with them again.  Just have fun and breathe!


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