If you've ever tried to work from home, or make dinner, or look at pinterest, or just get any one single thing done with a toddler in your presence you know that it's not gonna go down without a fight. If you have a child like mine that needs to be kept busy or she'll take entertainment into her own hands and you'll find her elbow deep in the toilet or using your entire tub of body butter to moisturize her body, your bathroom and the poodle - you better have a good arsenal of keep 'em busy toys.
Here are my top 6 picks (because 5 is so expected and I can't think of 10) to keep your toddler's hands out of the toilet and on the toy so you can pin or poop in peace.
These little locks puzzles are great for keeping her attention even though they kept her pretty frustrated at first. Warning: You are helping them figure out locks sooooooo that's sorta terrifying. Still waiting for this one to backfire on me, it hasn't happened yet but I know it's coming.
I love this one! The doorbells are a little annoying but it's a small price to pay for the amount of time it takes for her to get all of the doors unlocked. The little keys are numbered to go along with the correct door and when they finally get the door open there is a creepy little doll inside. She wasn't super impressed with the dolls so I put different little surprises (a little sticker, a little box of raisins, etc) in each door because I'm super creative.
What kid doesn't like legos? So what if she never actually makes what is on the picture? I really don't care as long as she keeps herself entertained long enough for me to use the bathroom alone.
Beads, beads, beads! Put them on, take them off, put them on, take them off. Hours of fun and by hours I mean minutes.
Teach your kid to use a knife! I mean, first I recommend teaching them to use locks and now a knife. I'll be over here waiting on my parenting award. This is super cute though - the food is all velcroed together and they use the little wooden knife to cut the food apart. It's adorable, she loves it and it teaches motor skills or something like that.
It has two sides: A magnetic white board side and a chalk side. I hate chalk boards but this isn't about me, it's about the kids. It comes with about 800 magnetic letters and numbers which she uses to make it rain all over the apartment. Obviously drawing on the board keeps her entertained but the real fun comes from giving her a paper towel to clean it off and that takes a hot minute which gives me enough time to enjoy a hot cup of coffee or take a hot shower or do something else super hot.
That's what I've got. What have you got? I'm sure I'm missing something major so let me hear it.