Recently, we went to visit the kids’ grandparents. We all had a lot of fun, but we still ran once or twice into a situation where N got bored while we had to wait for the next activity, we didn’t have a lot of toys on hand, and getting messy wasn’t a good idea. The solution: Use minimal materials found at grandma’s house and explore them in new and different ways!
Here’s a Toddler Boredom Buster with Cups and Cotton Balls for you if you’re ever in a similar situation!
(N was 1 year and 5 months old.)
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Materials for Toddler Boredom Buster with Cups and Cotton Balls
- Plastic cups.
- Cotton balls.
- Spoon (optional).
I simply grabbed a few things grandma had around the house and left it up to N to explore everything at his own pace.
As usual, N was already there before I even had a chance to set down the cups properly.
He started out exploring the cotton balls, both with his hands
and the spoon.
Afterward, he spent a lot of time looking at the plastic cups and figuring out how they fit together.
In the process, N accidentally squashed one of the cups. He thought that was pretty interesting, but ended up spending more time stacking the cups.
Until he happened to squash the cup again. This time, he forced the issue, and the plastic broke.
N noticed that he was now able to stick the broken cup into an intact cup in a whole different way. He tried to make it fit
until the plastic cup came apart completely.
The edges weren’t sharp, so I allowed him to pull the cup completely apart before he moved on to squashing and basically destroying the other cups, too 😉
When he was done after 20 minutes, it was almost time to go, so this was definitely a very successful toddler boredom buster 🙂
What’s your favorite toddler boredom buster? Leave a comment below!
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