Tips for keeping your toddler occupied when away.
Going away with little ones can be hard work. Especially if you going away just as a family. When you visit friends and other family, they tend to do a lot of playing with you child/ren. When it’s just you and your tiny family, you need to think of better ways to keep them occupied.
We only have one child, so that’s even harder to keeping her occupied.
The ideal situation is that she explores and plays independently all day. This some times works out. Some days are hard, some are easy.
Things I have done that I feel work very well.
We have a bag off all her toys. You don’t need to bring every toy they have. Just tiny essential one’s.These are tiny toys that fit in her tiny backpack. It is full of different types off toys. I will do a post about all her toys she has with her.
We don’t just tip all her toys out and let her play, it is done strategically.
Set the scene. Pick a few toys like Lego men or some animals and pair them with something else that could mimic a house or a pool. Let their imagination run. Once they are in a flow of play, don’t interrupt. Let it become what they want.
Fill things with water. We had some bucket lying around and also a tiny paddling pool that I carry in in my backpack. Fill them with water so that they can have a splash fun.
The ideal situation is that she explores and plays independently all day.
Add things to the water. Bring some plastic toys into the water and see what happens. It helps if the water a quite shallow so they can create stories with their toys in the water.
Sand pits. Find an area where there is a lot of sand, this will be a great spot for some more fun. I’ve seen my daughter create some lovely stories that include bathing and also cooking.
Bring the toys to the sand. Again this is a great one for independent play. Imagination is a powerful tool in play.
Put the sand and water together. Mud is the best form of messy play, kids just love it. Get the toys in straight away and let the imagination flow.
Remember not to do all these things at once, do them gradually and let them tire out of each option before you move to the next, even if it takes days.
Independent play helps parents have some time to relax and get on with other things that they struggle to usually. Watching your children in independent play can open a doorway into your childs mind.
Have you got any tips for helping encourage independent play.
See my post about travelling while breastfeeding a toddler.