Do you have any idea how hard fingernail polish is to remove from walls, clothing, and quilts? Just when I sit down to discuss my older children’s schoolwork tots always decide it’s time to find something to do.
Like paint the bathroom bright pink using fingernail polish.
7 Easy Activities to Engage Your Inquisitive Tots
You need easy activities to engage your inquisitive tots. If they’re not occupied so they’ll make a lovely pile of toilet paper, yank tissues out of the box, or toss baby powder into the air to make it snow.
Do you have any idea how hard baby powder is to clean up?
Here are simple ways to keep your active tots occupied so you can homeschool your older children without your bathroom turning pink.
1. Make Confetti
Give your child scissors and scrap paper. Encourage your tot to make confetti. This means you allow them to cut the paper into as small of pieces as they can. Tell your child to fill a cookie sheet or a bowl with confetti. Your little one will be happily snipping away while you teach your older child.
Remember scissor work teaches fine motor control in addition to entertaining the little ones.
When everyone is done, have fun tossing the confetti in the air or having a short confetti war before pulling out the vacuum.
2. Play dough
First have your tot help you make play dough using this play dough recipe. It’s a lovely recipe which lasts for months in an airtight container.
Next pull out the play dough when you need to homeschool your older kids. Also pull out cookie cutters, rolling pins, measuring spoons, Fisher Price people, along with other fun and safe objects. Just lay it on the table. Small children know exactly what to do.
Your inquisitive tots will spend hours rolling out, cutting, and playing with the play dough.
Little ones love to paint with water colors.There’s no need to invest in high quality art paper. Instead pull out scrap paper, old newspapers, or used notebooks. That pile of worksheets you printed out but never used is perfect for this activity.
Just as an FYI, I use spill proof cups like these with my children although I fill mine with water, not paint. The cups keep my kids from spilling water all over the kitchen when they paint.
Instead of painting the bathroom pink with fingernail polish, your tots will be busy creating master pieces to decorate the fridge, living room, and bedrooms.
4. Wash Play Dishes
Fill the sink with soapy water, gather plenty of towels, and let your child wash their play dishes in the sink. Your kids will have a blast splashing in the water. After all what’s more fun than playing with bubbles, washing dishes, and making a watery mess!
Consider also pulling out metal and plastic bowls, measuring cups, measuring spoons, and silverware for your children to clean. They’ll be so proud of themselves washing dishes like a grown-up.
Just make certain you have a large number of towels on hand to mop up the mess. On the bright side, you won’t need to mop the kitchen floor after your children are done playing!
5. Bug Hunting
Send your tots outside to hunt for bugs. Bug hunting keeps inquisitive kids engaged for a long time.
The children roll over rocks, look in bushes, and examine the dirt. They’ll use magnifying glasses to study the bugs they find. Hand your children the backyard exploration kit and see what they discover.
You’ll be amazed at the types of insects your children find in the backyard.
Print up some coloring pages of your child’s favorite things and let them color away.If you’re looking for new pages, Crayola has free coloring pages available.
Princesses, dragons, dinosaurs, trucks, cars, horses, knights, and bulldozers are always popular with the younger crowd. I also save old math notebooks full of old lessons and hand them to the tots. My toddlers love to color on the written pages.
Preschoolers prefer blank paper or coloring sheets. They’ve become more discriminating in their advancing years.
Turn on music and let the tots dance. Keep the music lively. Holiday music is always a favorite with young kids.
My kids will spend hours stomping, dancing, twirling, and leaping in the living room working off the wiggles. Dancing is an easy, mess-free, and lively activity to engage your inquisitive tots.
Remember to rotate through the various activities. If you use the same activity everyday, the tots get bored. They’ll go and paint your bathroom pink. It took my husband hours of sanding to remove the nail polish from our bathroom walls.
So use a different activity each day to keep engage your inquisitive tots and keep them out of trouble.
What is your favorite preschool activity?