Working from Home: Keep Your Toddlers Entertained
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It is difficult to work from home when your kids are there. It never fails that as soon as you have a conference call or a pressing deadline, your kids require your undivided attention. One of my work from home with kids strategies is to have some special toys and activities that you only pull out when you absolutely need to keep your kids entertained. They are my work from home secret weapons! I’ve rounded up some of the toys and activities that keep my toddlers entertained the most when I need to get some things accomplished.
Peg Board Set
Our board set has provided hours of entertainment for my kids. My son loves to build towers and knock them down while my daughter likes to build different patterns. This set not only promotes creativity but it is also great for fine motor skills. There are so many different ways that you can play with this toy both with your kids or them on their own. For under $20, you can’t lose!
I honestly can’t say enough about these tiles. If you don’t have a set yet, you MUST get some asap. I didn’t really know what the fuss was all about and I thought they were a little pricey. I’m here to tell you that they are worth every single penny. My kids will play with these all day long if I let them. They can build houses, castles, trains, whatever they put their little minds to. My heart melts seeing their imaginations run wild and seeing all the awesome stuff that they come up with. A definite must when working from home with kids.
My son is obsessed with trains. In fact, we are on a two-year run in which my son is basically only interested in trains (is that normal, by the way? Kidding, kinda). Although I didn’t put this set on the list for him. Every single kid that has come over to my house has loved playing with this wooden train set. Putting the tracks together requires creativity and problem-solving skills, which is awesome. The set is also great for imaginative play with all of the little props. It has something for everyone. It is also durable and will last for a long time. My son still plays with wooden tracks and trains that belonged to my husband when he was a boy. Sounds like a winner to me!
Little People House
My favorite toys growing up were Little People so I absolutely love that my kids are into them too. I get all kinds of warm fuzzy nostalgia. But seriously, both of my kids love playing with this Little People House. Both my boy and girl do a lot of pretend play with this set. It will definitely keep them entertained for a while.
Regardless of what your kid is into, I’m sure they like Legos. I haven’t met a kid yet that won’t play with some legos thrown their way. Your kids may or may not be at the age where you trust them with the regular size so these are a nice safe alternative. I like to give them different themes or ideas when they are playing to keep it fresh. For example, I will tell my son that we are going to play pirate ships and he then creates a whole scene with a pirate ship, island, etc. The opportunities are endless! Also, I just love toys that are versatile and last forever. These definitely fit the bill!
Kids love magnets. If it were up to my kid, my entire fridge would be filled with these things. That is a no-go as I can only handle so much clutter. It works in my favor because when I bring these bad boys out, the kids go nuts! They can play so many ways with these. You can have them practice their sight words, spelling, or just become more familiar with the alphabet. My three year old pretty much knows how to read because he had a brief stent of obsessing over the alphabet because of these magnets. That and watching weird YouTube videos but I digress. Another thing I love about this particular set is that it includes a magnetic tray. This is perfect if they are hanging out in your office and you need a magnetic surface. Educational and fun!
I try to limit my kid’s screen time. Now before you go thinking that I’m “that mom“, the only reason I limit screen time is so when I do give it to them they zone out like little zombie babies. Need to hop on a conference call? Here kiddos, check out some YouTube Kids. Want to actually enjoy a warm cup of coffee in the morning? Watch some weird video of a grown man cracking open toy eggs. No judgment here. Anyways, I absolutely LOVE my Fire 7 Kids Edition. The case is awesome and I don’t have to worry about the littles dropping it or throwing it. Even if they do destroy it, you are good because It comes with a two-year worry-free guarantee meaning if it is broken they replace it with no questions asked. What I love most about this tablet is that it comes with one-year of FreeTime Unlimited. FreeTime Unlimited gives your kids free access to 5,000 popular apps and games, videos, books, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more. Any app you can think of is included. Such a huge help when you are work from home and need to keep your kids entertained!
What are your work from home secret weapons? What strategies do you use to keep your kids entertained when you work from home? What struggles are you facing? I would love to hear from you, drop a comment below!
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