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15 Quiet toddler activities so you can get more done

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, pets...

Fun activities that will keep toddlers quietly occupied

Sometimes, a mama just needs a minute.

We know you love your little one, but it's hard to be productive when you have a toddler clinging to your leg and demanding attention. Many of these ideas will still require supervision, particularly for younger toddler, but at least these activities will keep them busy without the noise — you're welcome.

1. Rip and tear

Fun activities that will keep toddlers quietly occupied

If you have a toddler, you know they love to destroy, well... everything. Give him a stack of construction paper and a bucket to control the mess, then tell him to rip and tear to his little heart's content.

2. Quiet book

Fun activities that will keep toddlers quietly occupied

Take an afternoon to create this no-sew quiet book and enjoy many afternoons of freedom.

3. Clothespin crafts

Fun activities that will keep toddlers quietly occupied

Give him a pile of pipe cleaners and clothespins and he'll be creating for quite a while.

4. Sponge blocks

Fun activities that will keep toddlers quietly occupied

Buy a pack of cheap sponges and cut them up to create soft blocks that don't give you a heart attack when they come crashing down.

5. Popsicle stick photo puzzles

Fun activities that will keep toddlers quietly occupied

These easy homemade puzzles are fun for toddlers, especially when they recognize the images they've recreated. Use wider craft sticks to keep frustration at bay and toddler tantrums at a minimum.

6. Button snake

Fun activities that will keep toddlers quietly occupied

This activity will keep them busy and teach them an important life skill. Win-win.

7. Rubber band can

Fun activities that will keep toddlers quietly occupied

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Need some time to get dinner on the table? Hand them these two items from your kitchen and they won't move until it's time to eat.

8. Calming containers

Fun activities that will keep toddlers quietly occupied

It doesn't get much simpler than this, but your toddler will be consumed by the task.

9. Junk match

Fun activities that will keep toddlers quietly occupied

Trace some junk on a piece of paper and let your toddler match it up. Easy peasy.

10. Felt chain

Fun activities that will keep toddlers quietly occupied

He'll keep busy and gain some great motor skills.

11. Felt faces

Fun activities that will keep toddlers quietly occupied

There's no end to the faces he can make with this fun activity.

12. Find-it game

Fun activities that will keep toddlers quietly occupied

This toddler-friendly find-it game can go on for hours.

13. Magnet matching

Fun activities that will keep toddlers quietly occupied

Refrigerator magnets and a cookie sheet help them practice their ABCs in a quiet manner.

14. Plastic cups

Fun activities that will keep toddlers quietly occupied

Yes, it really is as easy as a stack of plastic cups.

15. Paper plate ringtoss

Fun activities that will keep toddlers quietly occupied

Spend one afternoon creating the rings together and then get countless quiet hours while they play with their masterpiece.

This post was brought to you by Enfagrow Toddler.

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