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Avera Medical Minute: Homemade Activities for a Toddler

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Avera McKennan Certified Family Life Educator Doniese Wilcox demonstrates how oatmeal can be a fun activity. Avera McKennan Certified Family Life Educator Doniese Wilcox demonstrates how oatmeal can be a fun activity.

It's probably been documented a time or two that the more children you have in the house in diapers, the more stress you have just ask Jamy and Kyle Anderson of Sioux Falls who have 6 month old twins Tenley and Tace plus an energetic 2 year old boy named Lincoln.  Avera McKennan Family Life experts say when you have multiple young children it is always good idea to have wet wipes on hand and lots of little tricks up your sleeve to keep the toddler entertained while you tend to the babies.

Avera McKennan Certified Family Life Educator Doniese Wilcox says, "With toddlers sensory activities are fabulous because that will keep them busy for the longest time. Here are some ideas:

Take a piece of colored construction paper, a little paint brush and water and have them draw on the paper. When it dries you can't even tell it was used so you can re-use it.

One of my favorite ideas is using an ice cube tray, put water in it and add food coloring to a few. Let your child have an eyedropper so they can mix colors and make different colors.

 You can make your own playdough that is non-toxic and safe, but you want to make sure your kids are at an age where not everything goes in their mouth and eventually their stomach. Let them squeeze and play with the playdough and give them some toys to put in the playdough. It works their hand muscles.

 One more idea is to lay down a plastic tablecloth on the floor, use a big plastic storage box and put dried oatmeal in it. Give them scoops, measuring cups, toys, etc and let them play in it. When they are done take the tablecloth outside, shake it and the birds will enjoy it too."

Inexpensive, easy ways to keep your ever-so-busy toddler busy enough so you can catch your breath.


HOMEMADE PLAYDOUGH RECIPE

1 cup flour
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup colored water
½ cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tarter

Mix well. Heat on medium in a heavy skillet or electric frypan until thick and no longer sticky. Turn onto counter. Cool. Knead well. Store in an airtight container or bag. Keeps a long time!

Homemade playdough is non-toxic, but can cause a tummy ache if a child eats it. Supervise your child when using playdough. Offer safe toys to poke into the dough and make designs. Combs work well. Save the cookie cutters until about age 3 when fine motor skills are more developed. Encourage children to squeeze the dough and roll "snakes" or balls. This develops the muscles in the hands.

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