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Toddlers are notorious for being rambunctious, wild, monsters, and if the thought of one ever sitting still seems laughable to you, you’re not alone. Trying to get your toddler to sit still and be quiet can be quite a task. And believe me, there are definitely some situations where you just need your toddler to sit down and hush! Getting your toddler to sit basically means finding something to distract them long enough to keep them sitting down and quiet. Years of going to church with my kids has taught me a few quiet activities for toddlers that are cheap and easy and today I want to share them with you!
And I’m not talking about things you have to prep yourself either. I’m talking about things you can buy that don’t take any prep or DIYing on your part. Because sometimes toddlers suck the life out of you and you just don’t want to be crafty.
Stickers and a notepad. So easy. Just be prepared to eventually end up with stickers all over your shoes.
Reusable sticker books. We got these for our kids and they LOVE them. Perfect for church.
Grab and Go Play Packs. They have crayons, a coloring book, and stickers. I always get them for planes and we have used them at church, too. Plus they’re only $1. I’ve seen them at The Dollar Tree, Walmart, and Target.
Crayola Color Wonder. If your toddler isn’t super good at staying on the paper, this might be a good option! They really only color on the paper, and my kids thought they were super cool!
Magnets. Not like tiny little magnets your toddler will almost certainly swallow. I mean fun little wooden magnets like these that they can play with and move around on a magnetic board. Or, magnets that they can build with like these. They’re good, too.
Lacing cards. These are easy to make yourself with a laminator and a hole punch, but this isn’t a DIY post because sometimes Mama ain’t got time for that. Little A got these for her birthday and we love them!
Board books. I say board books because I learned the hard way not to leave a toddler alone with books that had paper pages. Paper scraps for days.
Magnetic doodle boards. These are great for toddlers to doodle on!
Shape Sorter. I know these are technically for babies, but my almost one-year-old can’t even do these, so I think they’re better for younger toddlers. We have this one, but you can also find more complicated ones.
There you have it! Ten quiet activities for toddlers that don’t require any DIY or preparation! Enjoy your quiet toddlers, mamas!