I have been preparing for the coming homeschool year, and it dawned on me that I will have a one year old to keep busy during homeschool hours! He is a busy guy too – always into everything. I went on the hunt for some activities that will be safe for him to do without supervision. I'm hoping these will be exciting enough to him that he will keep himself occupied for a while. If the pictures are not self-explanatory, you can check out the link under each one to find tutorials on how to make these activities.
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|Make your own texture book|
|Peek-a-boo tray from shoebox lid|
|Baby Play Bottle|
|Buckle clipping toy|
|Tissue box stuffed with fabric squares|
|Muffin tin sorting|
|Putting balls through a tissue box|
|Playing with magnets|
|Placing objects in a large container|
|Tactile exploration cards|
|Pipe cleaners in a bottle|
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One of the biggest challenges I face while making dinner is how to keep the children busy. They are constantly hanging on my legs and telling me they're hungry. They don't seem to understand that the more they whine the longer it will be before I can get dinner finished and they can eat.
That's why I started having them sit at the table to work on an activity while I cook. I have a cabinet that has fun things that they can do by themselves. They only get to do these activities while I'm cooking so that they stay fresh and fun.
A lot of the things I have are educational games I have bought on clearance. But there are a lot of different ideas around the web that you can make yourself. I have three criteria for the activities that I choose to make or buy:
1. They aren't expensive or extremely time-consuming to make
2. They aren't too babyish for my 4 year old but not too hard for my 2 year to do by herself
3. They won't create a big mess.
Here is a round up of some ideas that meet all of those qualifications.:
|Popsicle Stick Puzzles|
|Popsicle stick color matching|
|Build a cupcake|
|Building with velcro and craft sticks|
|Pipe cleaners and a spice jar|
|Button practice with felt|
|Clothespin Color Match|
|Weaving with pipe cleaners and a cooling rack|
|Practicing shapes with stickers|
|Popsicle Stick Shape matching|
|Pom poms and tweezers|
|Printable Sewing Cards|
|I spy book|
|Magnetic items and a cookie sheet|
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