Keeping a toddler busy is quite the challenge, especially when it's too hot -or cold- outside. I've been searching and searching Pinterest for ideas and things to do with Hazel that could help keep her busy and also be somewhat of a learning activity.
Hazel is a girl who likes variety, she gets bored with easy things, and things that are repetitive. She often times would rather play with something that isn't a toy-as I'm sure most babies do. I thought, in order to give her variety, and help her learn, busy boxes would be our best bet.
So, this is how I keep my 18 month old busy during maybe just a few minutes a day, but at least I know that she is learning something. A lot of the items I have for Hazel help with fine motor skills and sensory, she really seems to like the things that she needs to concentrate on. Most of the items I purchased at the dollar tree, or are recycled things form my craft closet.
Pipe Cleaner Push: Cut the pipe cleaners in half and use a hole punch to make holes in the lid of the container. Let your toddler put the pipe cleaners through the holes and watch their minds think.
Ribbon Wands: Tape ribbons, or streamers to the end of a popsicle stick.
Wikki Stix: I got these from my old work, but I imagine you can find them online.
Crazy Straw Threading: Cut felt pieces into squares (or any shape you want) and cut a hold in the middle big enough for the straw to fit.Balloons: Dollar Tree
Hole punch: Teddy Bear punch and hole punch, along with scrap paper.
Sorting pom-poms: Recycle an old container, cut holes in the top, and buy a size variety of pom-poms.
Q-tip Push: Cut holes in the lit of the container.
Paper and Stickers: Cut small pieces of paper for your child to write a note or put stickers on.
Fun coloring toy: Dollar Tree
Velcro Popsicle Sticks: Cut and glue velcro to the ends of popsicle sticks
Buttons: I found a random tin can with buttons in it, she likes to take the buttons out and line them up, then put them away.
Gack: Dollar Tree