Wednesday, September 10, 2008

WFMW: Toddler Buttons

Today over at Rocks in my Dryer, Shannon is hosting her weekly Works-For-Me Wednesday tip carnival, which is a great source for household tips and shortcuts.

Last week, I needed some quiet time. Some time without Wendy climbing all over me or demanding more Goldfish or more Winnie-the-Pooh. All I wanted to do was put together a grocery list, but sometimes even the simplest tasks are complicated by a busy 2 year old.

I happened to have a box of craft supplies in the dining room (doesn't everyone?) so I grabbed my decorative craft buttons and my embossing tray - any tray or cookie sheet with sides would work. I gave Wendy a handful of buttons, and she was completely engrossed in button-sorting for over half an hour!! I did have to pick up a few off of the floor when she was finished, but that's a small price to pay for half an hour of quiet, constructive play!

(I would caution that you only do this under supervision, since decorative buttons look pretty yummy!)

For more great tips, head over to Works-For-Me Wednesday at Rocks in my Dryer!


Heidi Boos said...

This idea sounds like it is right up my 2 1/2-year old daughter's alley! I will definitely be trying this out!!

April said...

i might have to try this with my youngest

Julie Q. said...

What a fantastic idea! I've seen bags of assorted buttons at the fabric store; I'll have to grab some next time I'm there. Nora needs some quiet, constructive play. Okay, so maybe it's ME that needs her to need some quiet constructive play.

Jill said...

Great idea!
She's getting so big.