Does this scenario sound familiar to you? It's 3:30 in the afternoon. Your two-year-old has just woken up from her nap, but it'll be at least a couple of hours before your partner is home from work. You've officially entered that long, dark teatime of the soul knows as the Post-Nap-Pre-Dinner Stretch. What to do, what to do. Fortunately, Instructables contributor Steve Gerber has drawn on several years of experience as a childcare provider to come up with a list of 24 things to do when time hangs just a little bit heavy on your hands...
Says Gerber in the introduction to his How to Amuse Toddlers Instructable, "Some of the activities may be ideas you've never tried and others may be things you do regularly with your own child. Whatever the case I hope that other childcare providers and parents will find inspiration in this Instructable to challenge their babies with creative new experiences."
Some of the activities on the list -- such as cooking and playing dress-up -- weren't new to us, but Gerber provides some handy tips on how to do them differently or better.
Our favorite new-to-us suggestions are number 4 ("Buy different colors of low-tack painter's tape and then tear or cut pieces to a manageable size and stick them halfway to a table edge for easy access"), number 6 ("Hide toy animals amongst the plants and bushes in your yard (or potted plants inside) then help your toddler go around and find them"), and number 18 ("Make your own set of fridge magnets featuring the faces of friends, family and pets that your toddler will recognize").
So this begs the question: What the heck do you do with your toddler all day?