When Avery was first born, all she wanted was mommy. No one else in the entire world was able to hold her. Now that she has grown into a toddler, she has become Little Miss Independent; all 18 months of her. “No Mommy!” “Stop Mommy! “Move Mommy!” are just a few of the many words in her growing vocabulary. I am beginning to accept that Avery is my independent toddler, where Aidan was, and still is, my needy child. I guess one out of two isn’t bad, but it does leave me scrambling to come up with independent toddler activities to keep Avery occupied while I give Aidan the attention that he craves.
8 Activities for Your Independent Toddler
Toddlers can learn how to stack, sort, and use creativity when building with blocks.
Toddlers can point to pictures and begin to associate words with sounds as you read along.
Playing with puzzles was and still is one of Aidan’s favorite activities. Thick, chunky wooden puzzles are my favorite because they are easier for small fingers to manipulate.
Solid magnets, especially wooden alphabet magnets, are my absolute favorite activity for Avery. It keeps her occupied while I cook and her older brother just loves spelling words and sounding them out to her.
Bonus points for washable markers that only write on special paper!
Put on a little music and it is very likely that Avery will have a dance party all by herself, and have a blast doing it!
Stickers and construction paper can keep her occupied for quite some time. I like to draw little circles and she covers each one with a sticker.
I set up a little workstation with colorful construction paper and a little basket. Avery will go to town ripping the paper to shreds, placing each piece in the basket when she is done.
When it comes to eating, Avery is just as independent. She likes to have lots of options in front of her. Even then, her food may end up on the floor. I am pretty sure she enjoys watching the dog try to squeeze underneath our kitchen table, scrambling for the dropped food. I can never be 100% certain that she is actually getting the nutrients she needs as she transitions from baby into toddler-hood. I stumbled upon Stage 3 Gerber® Good Start® Grow Toddler Drink while shopping at Target just the other day. We used Stage 3 Gerber® Good Start® Soothe when Avery was a baby, so I was compelled to give it a try. It just so happens that this toddler drink is convenient and portable. I have been able to put it in a powdered drink dispenser and threw it in my diaper bag for use when we are out and about. By giving Avery just one toddler drink per day I can ensure she is getting DHA and iron to support brain development, as well as probiotics and tons of other vitamins and nutrients. As an added bonus, my super picky independent toddler actually likes it! This non-GMO toddler drink can be purchased at Target, Walmart, Amazon, and other retailers for around $18, which makes it just over a dollar per drink. That is a price I can live with! Do you have a little one transitioning into toddlerhood? Enter to win the Transition to Toddlerhood Kit, sponsored by Gerber and Linqia! Fill out the giveaway tool below for a chance to win!