Another thing toddlers love is mixing and dumping. This could be water, sand, rice or perhaps a baking project with mom. Once the older children are busy, pull a chair up to the counter for your toddler to stand on and have him help you make a yummy snack for the family.
I am blessed to have a toddler around again. My busy toddler is pretty much grown, and is in ninth grade. But my daughter is a Nanny for our neighbor's two year old grandson. She brings him to our house for lunch and other times of the day for a visit. While my daughter and son study for a while, (my daughter is working on a history degree through College Plus! a post for another day), I entertain little guy for a short time. Yesterday he was a bit demanding and wouldn't settle with his toys, so I told him to grab a chair and pull it up to the counter so that we could make some banana bread. This thrilled him and so our adventure began. As you can see it turned out to be a wonderful time for him, I had fun as well. And he enjoyed eating the finished product. It is wonderful to teach toddlers. I just love it.
|Counting eggs while snacking on mashed bananas.|