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We've all had those seasons in life when we need some truly entertaining activities for our little ones that require minimal to no Mommy supervision or set-up time.
Maybe it's just a sick day or weeks of morning sickness. Maybe you're going through a pretty big life transition like a new baby or moving. Or maybe Mommy just needs a little quiet time herself. Whatever the case, it's often hard to be able to creatively think about something your little toddler can do that will keep them entertained without needing a lot of help.
Maybe you're just looking for toy inspiration for your toddler during normal, everyday life. I am a firm believer in the need for daily quiet time with Mommy chosen toys to help grow a child's imagination and self entertainment/contentment skills. A child's imagination has absolutely no room to grow when they're surrounded with tons of toys all day. Taking a little time in a quiet space with one specific toy is so good for brain and skills development!
A lot of the ideas I have found take either a lot of involvement or a lot of money and sometimes we just don't have time for that!
These are not your typical, creative "Pinterest" things. They're simple, they're not DIY and they're more along the lines of the traditional activities that our Moms might have picked up at the store for us because they did not take the time to make everything themselves. I personally believe that when we take so much time trying to make every project for our kids from scratch we risk stressing ourselves out and actually take away from effective, fun parenting. Most of the time anyway. Balance is always a good thing!
So anyway, here are a few of my toddler's favorite toys and activities I keep put away for those special times.
So there you have it - some of our favorite quiet time activities! I really hope they help inspire your structured quiet time for your kids - whether it's because you need some quiet time yourself or your simply helping your child grow their imagination in a fun way!
What are your favorite quiet time activities? I would love to hear!
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