31 days of play for toddlers

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{Day 2}
{Day 3}

So somehow I have a 15 months old.  Ok, I know how it happened, but some days I watch him and wonder where this toddler came from.  He's cute and silly and lots of fun, but most days, exhausting.  I'm finding more and more a desire to be more intentional with him.  Our mornings are busy with swim lessons, library time and work, but that post nap afternoon time kills me.  I never know what to do with him so we usually just end up having some free play time.  It's fine for awhile, but he gets bored and I end up on pinterest and then he's crying.  And don't even get me started on when I try to cook dinner.  Cue little boy clinging to my legs.

So I decided for the month of October I am going to be more intentional with our afternoons.  I'm going to have a plan for the day.  Yes there will still be free play, but I want to have 1 semi-structured activity for us to do together.

I've also created this great tool for those times I need him to be occupied for a little while (cooking dinner).  A busy box.  A box full of activities that are things he can do mostly by himself with just a little supervision from me.

I'm going to try to blog each day about our structured activity and also the busy box activity we used.  The Nester's 31 Days October thing has inspired me and I'm hoping it will keep me accountable.  Although in reality, I'm totally prepared for me to stop blogging this after day three.


  1. Sounds good -- I'd be interested to hear what you come up with. I have a two year old who needs a few more structured activities at times. :) Want to follow along with me too? I'm doing 31 Days to Happier Children. Come visit! www.housewifeintown.com

  2. Whoo, hoo! I'd love to hear your ideas!