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21 Days Of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun
Day 3: Cupboards and Tupperware
If you’re looking for an activity to keep your little one entertained for five minutes so that you can poop, change the laundry, or phone a friend, then I’ve got a simple activity that will keep them busy. On today’s edition of 21 Days Of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun, we’re heading back to the kitchen for some cupboard fun.
Lower Kitchen Cupboard, (safely away from stove or other dangerous objects.)
Unused Kitchen Gadgets
Plastic Containers / Bottles
Plastic Cups / Plates / Spoons / Bowels
Today’s fun is brought to you by all the plastic.
Tupperware lids with un-matching containers. This fun activity can keep your little one entertained while you are cooking dinner, entertaining a guest, or if you just need a second to take a god damn breath. They feel like they have a section of the kitchen and you get a little of your dignity back.
To set up this activity, empty out a cupboard that is not used for important cookware. Take out anything that is not safe or appropriate to play with. Load it up with safe kitchen gadgets that sit in the drawer, all those extra party paper and plastic plates and spoons, any plastic bottles or containers, and maybe an old pot or two.
Let Baby Loose
Set your little baby tots in front of it, open it for them, and watch in pure delight as they dig through all the magical grownup things that they are suddenly allowed to touch. It’s pure bliss for your little one, especially if the kitchen has been off limits for most of their tiny little lives. They get to hang out with mom in the kitchen, and they have fun things to touch and explore.
Take It In
Take this time to drain the spaghetti, pop a cookie in your mouth while your kid is distracted, finally text your partner back, scroll through twitter, or take a nice, slow, swig of that hot coffee. What ever you need in those few minutes that your child is delightfully tossing kitchen appliances across the floor. Don’t forget to take a few pictures because isn’t your little guy or girl so cute making their pretend soup.
If your feeling a little guilty about your me time, sit on the floor with you precious babe and ask them what they are making. Help them cut up pretend vegetables and stir in imaginary ingredients. They’ll love the attention and may soak up just enough of it to leave you alone for another ten minutes. Nailing it!
There is no chance in hell you are going to get you baby toddler to pick up any of the mess, so enjoy the peace for now, because you’ll be cleaning it up later. Whatever, scarfing down those Doritos in the pantry was totally worth it. Get it, Mama! At least you got in your me time and tiny tots got something new and exciting to explore.
I would love to hear how your Cupboards and Tupperware Play went. Drop your funny but realistic stories below in the comments.
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