Boredom Busters for the Madly Bored Toddler!
Boredom busters are sometimes trickier than they seem. Sitting inside four walls with a bored toddler can be maddening at times. Especially when you have one that needs stimulation much more so than not. So, when you get a chance to stumble across some fun activities with the little ones it’s awesome.
Now, get ready… Bored toddler no more!
Cabin Fever Busting Games on the Cheap
The Balloon Mash Up
I was digging through some forgotten shelves, you know the ones that somehow collected dust inside? At this point, I don’t even remember what I was looking for. The plan of retrieving whatever it was flew out of my head when I saw a bag full of silver balloons. There’s so much we can do with this, I thought to myself, so much fun toddler potential.
I look for opportunities of fun (and learning) at every turn. So, when I saw these I was so excited I could barely wait for my toddler to get bored so I can break out the balloon games.
Balloon Mashup: How to do it
Blow up 15-20 balloons. Use single colors, multi-colors, or specifically chosen colors. Don’t overfill them, though. They’ll be way too easy to pop. Leaving some latex give to pull and stretch will allow the little hands to grab ahold of them, handle them, and squeeze them without an earth-shattering pop.
Balloon Mashup Games:
Organize the Balloon.
Using different colored balloons organize them into ‘teams’ of red, green, blue, etc… You can additionally write the letters A, B, C… or the numbers 1, 2, 3… on the balloons with a sharpie and practice putting them in order. This also helps teach and solidify letter and number knowledge. Try drawing shapes on the balloons and identifying those as you point them out.
Put on your favorite music (we go to BeeaMom station on Pandora) and dance and jump through the balloons, gently pushing them from one side of the room to another while twirling and swaying to the rhythm. Any music works; classical, jazz, blues are just some of what we rock out to.
Teaching catch is perfect with balloons. I didn’t realize this until we actually blew them up and started to free-play. The slow movement of the balloon is perfect for their mobility and response abilities. She’s getting quite good with the ‘catch’ concept. We have no problems with the throw. She’s had an arm on her, chucking her pacifiers clear across the room, since the day I brought her home. This is a simple but richly sweet family activity that will bring smiles and create beautiful memories of her first ‘catch’.
Warning: not for the faint of heart aka me. I did not come up with this one. It really should be “Grrr Pop Shudder” See the game (or moms torture) a toddler taking a balloon into their tiny arms and squeeze as hard as they can until it pops and mom… mom shudders. every. time. Of course, she finds this doubly hysterical and can’t find the next balloon fast enough. Needless to say, I had to ‘fix’ the game so I stopped blowing up the balloons so taught (as mentioned above). If you are braver than me and your toddler isn’t afraid (like mine), by all means, blow those bad balloons up and have a pop blast!!! Just make sure I am not around. I have an unnatural fear of balloons that have a good potential of popping. Okay, moving on…
Basketloon is our take on toddler basketball. Take an empty hamper and equip your little one with a few balloons. Show them how to dunk that thang and watch them copy you and have a total blast! Try blowing up two different colors for your two teams and see who scores more (laundry) baskets! You can count them together and get some math in the day too! So fun. Try it today. I can bet that your bored toddler can’t resist a game of Basketloon!
Balloon Art n Friends.
Grab a sharpie and get creative drawing on the balloons any way you choose or draw animal characters, storybook characters, and characters from your imaginations. Put on puppet balloon shows. Dance with them. Introduce them to each other. Count them. If you don’t like the idea of your toddler handling Sharpies, cut up fun shapes out of colorful paper and put a piece of clear tape on it. Let the toddler decorate a balloon with colorful shapes that you’ve cut out for their own personal touch.
The Fort Games
Making forts is an awesome way stimulate a bored toddler and get them giggling again. Break out the chairs, pillows and cushions and blankets. All of them. Build the greatest fort you can muster. Why? Because I can almost promise you’ll love hanging out int here with the kiddos too. lead the way to show your toddler what to it if it’s their first time. Let their favorite toy “explore” the fort so they are not afraid. Participate.
The Fort Games: How to do it
Here is a great how-to from WikiHow.com on 4 Ways to Make a Great Pillow Fort.
The Fort Games: Final Touches
Don’t forget to include things that will make the fort your toddler’s fun place. Here are some ideas of what we have in ours:
- A great LED lantern (you can also use flashlights). We got ours in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy came. My brother got it last minute (still seems like a miracle to me) at Home Depot. Point being they don’t make it anymore. At least not one I could find. But Amazon carries a great military grade lantern that collapses for light adjustment, has almost 6,000 reviews averaging a 4.5-star rating and is only around $10. Seems like a winner to me. You can find it here. It’s what I would’ve gotten, had I needed it.
- Healthy snacks (optional). Depending on the amount of time you’re spending outside. If you’re going for a walk or park for a long time, grab some with you. Sometimes an empty belly is the main culprit behind a toddler tantrum.
- Books. We have too many to mention but there are no rules here. Whatever books she likes is what she brings in. I’ll be getting to some toddler book reviews soon, promise.
- Plush & pals. We got our zayetz (plush rabbit (thank you Bina)) and our two babies who share our space.
- And have a blast!
The Fort Games: Tips
Taking it down once she is in bed and rebuilding it with her is sometimes fun. Other times we leave it up for much too long 🙂 No toddler can be a bored toddler with a fort around. But to keep it’s flavor it also helps to take it down and make them miss it a bit.
More bored toddler boredom busting ideas to cure the worst of your cabin fever.
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