One of the hardest things about parenting an active, intelligent 2 1/2 year old is keeping her quiet & still when she needs to be quiet & still. We definitely don't have it all figured out, but one accidental discovery has helped tremendously during church: the girl loves stickers.
It started with a little sheet of tiny stickers that came with a Happy Meal toy. I took the stickers along in her bag, thinking they'd be good for 5 minutes of distraction. I was wrong - she played with them for a solid 30 minutes, without making a single peep.
When we got our egg-dyeing kits for Easter, I was thrilled to see a big sheet of tiny stickers in each box. There are probably 6 dozen stickers on each sheet, and since I only let her play with 12-16 at a time, they will last us quite awhile!
Tiny, cheap stickers keeping my girl QUIET and occupied during church? That definitely works for me!
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