Cooking for Mama

When Lucas isn’t climbing on the table, I try to find things for him to do that will allow him to sit still for 15-20 minutes. Sometimes it’s while I’m cooking or cleaning,  or just when I need him to sit down and relax for a minute. I know he is probably the energy level of a typical toddler boy, which will only continue to grow, but I’m not used to it yet. We have to find more things to do outside the house, because being inside for more than a couple hours is generally not a good thing for my sanity. 

One thing he absolutely loves are spatulas, tupperware, bowls, spoons, and anything of the cooking nature. He is always finding things in the cupboards and “making” things.  We have a few toys downstairs and he hasn’t touched them in weeks. Seriously, weeks. He plays with toy balls and kitchen stuff and life is grand.

Anyways, things that keep him quite and entertained for 15 minutes makes me happy.

 I love this high chair (bought for $50 at Target- the kind that attaches to a regular chair) because you can pull it right up to the table. So it’s like a booster seat too, when the tray is off. SO much better than a regular high chair that takes up a ton of space.  I know he is buckled in and I don’t have to work about him climbing out of it- although I’m sure he will figure out how to un- do that any day now.

We’ve tried coloring, but cooking works much better for him.  I usually put a tiny bit of water in a bowl and give him a spoon and tell him to make me something. He stirs and adds lids and creates a masterpiece. If I add a few cherrios or some pasta, it’s even better. 

Then, sooner or later he will poor the water out, which because I only add a little bit it’s not a big deal.

And putting the food back in the bowl is so fun!

What other projects or ideas do you have for keeping your toddlers occupied at the table? 

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

8 thoughts on “Cooking for Mama

  1. Is he still putting things in his mouth? I ask, because, if he's not, then Play-doh is fantastic for keeping a little guy busy. My 2.5 year old loves it. And, it keeps him busy for quite awhile.

  2. That is a great idea. I discover Ryan's love of dishes too when we visited Texas he loves to play with pretending cookware. LOL! I guess I will have to give that a try as well. I love Lucas chubby cheeks!

  3. My little girl will sometimes fold rags (and for 3 she does a really good job).

    Usually my kids will not stay entertained for long at all (unless I am with them doing it). Every now and then they will go into their play room and it will get quiet and they will be playing together, coming up with some kind of game/ role play with each other (this is RARE since they usually fight when left alone).

    I agree with you. Being outside (or outside of the house) helps a lot. Mine are different kids when we go somewhere and there are things for them to do.

    Like you, I would LOVE to have some ideas that would work to help entertain toddlers (except for t.v. which doesn't work for mine anyway, they are not interested in it for the most part, I would rather it stay that way:)

  4. My little girl will sometimes fold rags (and for 3 she does a really good job).

    Usually my kids will not stay entertained for long at all (unless I am with them doing it). Every now and then they will go into their play room and it will get quiet and they will be playing together, coming up with some kind of game/ role play with each other (this is RARE since they usually fight when left alone).

    I agree with you. Being outside (or outside of the house) helps a lot. Mine are different kids when we go somewhere and there are things for them to do.

    Like you, I would LOVE to have some ideas that would work to help entertain toddlers (except for t.v. which doesn't work for mine anyway, they are not interested in it for the most part, I would rather it stay that way:)

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