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Are Your Hands Full? How To Keep Your Child Occupied If You're Busy

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How To Keep Your Child Occupied If You're Busy

Are Your Hands Full? 

So, you have dishes to wash or clothes to hang and a little darling who needed some love. Your hands are full, but your child wants to play with you! How to keep your kid occupied if you can’t entertain the kiddo now? Here we’ve listed activities safe and appropriate for his mood.

How To Keep Your Child Occupied If You're Busy

Using Their Imagination

Using Their Imagination

Here we get to explore how kids use their creativity and all. Leave them a few things and let them decide how to deal with it. The plus side is that, not only will you get to do more chores, but your child’s brain development, skills, and talents will be honed too.

1. Coloring and drawing activities 

You can either give your child a coloring book or a piece of paper with instructions on it on how to draw a certain figure. Let them paint or sketch what they see, and at the end of the day, you can give them a treat if they have accomplished the activity.

2. Let them make a story

Give them a pen and a paper and ask them to make a story! Tell your child to show it to you once the both of you are done with your work. Let your child read it to you during bedtime when you tuck your little darling before nighty-night time.

3. Arts and crafts

Give them beads, cardboard boxes, coloring materials and you’re done. Ask them to make fruit, plane or any objects. Here are some ideas:
  • Glue art. First, make a line drawing about anything. Afterward, ask your child to line your markings with glue and wait for it to dry. When it’s dry, ask your child to paint it. BONUS: Give your child some sand or glitter dust and spread it to the wet glue.
  • Make jewelry. If you have nylon strings and a couple of beads, ask your kid to make bracelets or necklaces. At the end of the day, both of you can wear it. If your child has to deal with scissors, tell him or her to let an adult do the cutting.
You can search the internet for some ideas on this one. But here’s the thing, if you have a child, you better prepare some coloring materials and activity kits for him or her to be occupied with!

Mental Activities

Mental Activities

Let your kids play and learn at the same time! You can give them puzzles, board games, or an activity book all about reading and more. Their alertness and familiarization will improve their decision skills, memory, and knowledge.

1. Activity book

An activity book about reading, mathematical guides, or anything fun, yet educational will sharpen their minds. They will be highly engrossed with it and toy around for hours. If you have a “Where’s Waldo” book, congratulations to you!

2. Board game

Snakes and Ladders, Chess, Scrabble, Jenga, or even those Generals will entertain your child! Make sure your child has a playmate like Dad, Grandpa, Grandma, cousin, or an older sibling.

3. Jigsaw Puzzle

Scramble some puzzle pieces on the floor and let your kid assemble the pieces. You can try lengthening the game by giving a clue to the next jigsaw puzzle he will do.

Educational materials for children should not at all be boring. You can try making it fun and see how it will have your kid’s attention glued to it.

Getting Physical

Getting Physical

Need your child to move and exercise too? There are plenty of activities for that! From dancing to skipping, racing, and more, hyped up child will have the day run against them!

1. Dance mania. 

Let you child come up with his or her dance moves and tell them to show it to you when it’s done. Ask your child to teach you the moves as well! Not only your kid will be happy and occupied, but you’re relationship and bond will be great too!

2. Exercise ala treasure hunt. 

Make skipping and hopping fun for your child especially when it’s more like a treasure hunt game. Place the activity inside the house where the room is safe. For example, put a clue inside the bedroom, and ask your child to hop three to five times before receiving the next clue, and so on. They can also pass beyond a red, tied yarn like they’re on a special agent mission.

3. Obstacle course. 

If you have enough space in your lawn, garden or backyard, design it in a way that it’ll look like a fun obstacle course for children. From hopscotch, jumping sprees, ball throwing, and more, your child will be energized by this activity while you get to finish hanging your laundry!

If your kid is still young, you can have your angel sit on a jumper and hear them giggle while bouncing up and down with the attached toys. That way, you can watch your child and do some chores at home. At the same time, children will be able to sleep better at night.

More ideas for fun!

Out of ideas? We’re not. This is just the beginning. We have three more activities your child might like to do if he or she really wants to be with mom.
  • Bake cookies with your child. If you’re cooking for dinner, why not have your child join you in the kitchen? They can help you with the desserts! Cookies, fruit salad, muffins… you name it.
  • Spoonful of sugar cleaning. Cleaning the house? Tag your little tyke to help you and give him a treat after your child has done a good job.
  • Decorating the home. Have your kid has his or her say too if you want to decorate the house. This will make your child feel wanted and valuable by mommy. It will help the both of you bond and care for your home.

About the Author:
Sarah is the founder of She likes to write about mommies and their babies. Sometimes, even if she don’t, she likes to hear stories from other mothers. She may not be an expert mommy by any means, but she is happy to share what works for mothers out there.

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  1. Great and useful tips. Cute photos too!

  2. Keeping kids busy these days is easier said than done. They get bored easily, and then they are looking for new things to do. So, rotation between these interesting activities will definitely do the job for mums.

  3. Lovely post dear! Have a great weekend! xx

  4. Great tips dear :D Very useful for my cousin :)

  5. Great list of things to keep kids occupied. I don't have small kids but sometimes I have to ask my husband to occupy one of my kitties (who loves to get on kitchen counter) so that I can dishes :-)

  6. Thanks for all your tpos, so useful for my three kids!

  7. Very useful tips!! :)
    Have a great week-end
    Agnese & Elisa

  8. Encouraging a child to entertain herself is important. A lot of the creative projects you suggest are wonderful for that.

  9. Anything imaginative, creative or physical is a good way to go about it in my opinion. It's much better than handing them a phone or making them watch telly :)

  10. I have my nephews with me once or twice a week and they always want me to do stuff with them...when I have work to do. The thing is, they want me to play the board games with them. They want me to also do the arts and crafts. lol

  11. I love these ideas, Sarah. Ido cook with my daughter sometimes. These are all fun ways to engage our little ones.
    Lux thank you for featuring Sarah here. I'm happy to met her.
    Many Blessings to you both

  12. Keeping their mind occupied can be a big one, as they always want you to join in on the fun

  13. Looks really interesting! Thanks for sharing)

  14. Loved this post totally.
    Nice tips!