E has had quite a few days off from school in the past month due to holidays, winter break, and that sort of thing. Being that I work from home, keeping both E and her brother Aric busy can be quite a challenge! It’s already rough with my toddler who’s in a stage where he wants mommy’s attention. I’ve discovered a few ways that keep them occupied while mom is working, cleaning, or doing other things I need to do.
5 Easy Ways to Keep Kids Busy at Home When They’re Bored!
Introduce “new” toys!
I’m the type of mom who likes to rotate toys. Every couple of months when I see that a particular toys aren’t getting used as much, it usually means my kids are bored of it. I’ll pack it away in the closet and a few months later when I pull it back out, the kids act like the toys are brand new!
Before having children, I worked as a preschool teacher. Over the years I’ve accumulated a lot of crafting materials such as pipe cleaners, pom-poms, googly eyes, and etc. A while back I decided to make a small rainy day craft kit that that the E could use. In it, we keep the supplies mentioned above plus a glue stick, a pair of scissors, construction paper and some other materials. I prepare by covering my table with newspapers and then let the kids go at it, allowing their creativity flow!
If I would allow it, E would be on a tablet all day! We limit her time on it so when she does get to use it, the device keeps her distracted for a longer period of time. She enjoys watching her favorite YouTubers and playing games like Captain McFinn’s Swim and Play, an interactive app perfect for preschoolers. We also allow her to watch shows and movies on the FiOS Mobile App. The Parental Settings allow us to block content that might not be age appropriate.
Books and puzzles
We have a bookcase full of stories for our kids to enjoy. E is just learning to read and Aric likes looking at the pictures in his board books. I make sure to pull a few books of the shelf that the kids haven’t looked at in a while it this usually keeps their interest.
My kids also love puzzles! We have a few different types of puzzles. Aric typically plays with the knob puzzles and both kids enjoy the big floor puzzles we have. E and Aric are young so the less pieces, the easier it is for them to put together. This may sounds like a bad thing but for young ones, it means that they won’t get discouraged when putting them together. 😉
If all else fails, I put on E and Aric’s favorite shows and movies using FiOS On Demand. I can find titles using my remote or on my FiOS Mobile App which makes searching for kid-friendly entertainment easy. The Kids Zone offers a ton of new and popular films the little ones can enjoy.
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How do you keep your kids busy when they’re bored?
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