Keeping a toddler occupied

As I mentioned in my last blog post, the summer holidays are a bit disruptive when it comes to keeping busy, even with preschoolers. That’s why I wanted to take part in the Britmums Summer Linky Challenge. Well, that and the fact that there were biscuits on offer! So more about the activities later, I’ve got to get my priorities right so first – biscuits! 

The challenge was sponsored by McVities BN biscuits which, I have to admit to being a little addicted to. Last week, I was trying to be good because I’ve decided to try to lose the baby weight and get back into exercise. So the biscuits arrived and stayed in the cupboard, unopened. That is until hubby spotted them. He then dropped into conversation that they were good, and that if I wanted to try them they were in the biscuit tin and I’d better get on with it. Well, to cut a long story short, he didn’t get many more biscuits. Libby had a few and my attempt at not eating biscuits went straight out of the window. We had the raspberry and the chocolate flavour. Both are fabulous, but I was more addicted to the chocolate ones. Would I buy them again? Definitely, but not when I’m trying to be good! 

Anyway, back to summer activities. For us, every day involves a dog walk, whatever the weather and whatever we’re up to. The afternoons always also involve a nap for Libby, so we just have the morning to fill. Firstly, the summer is a great time to see family. This weekend we headed to hubby’s family in Swansea, catching up with some old friends of mine near Cardiff on the way. Each week, Libby always spends time with my family, which is particularly useful during school holidays. 

Other activities that Libby enjoys are many and varied. There is a lovely little cafe nearby with quite a few animals to see, such as reindeer, goats and alpacas, so last week we had intended to go there. In the event, we never make it because on our only free morning, I asked Libby what she wanted to do. This is my best tip for filling the days because pre-schoolers are unlikely to ask for too much. Libby is no exception. 

All she wanted to do when given complete freedom of choice was to “go on the train, have a milkshake and watch the other trains going”. So that’s exactly what we did. We go one stop, sit in the  station cafe and watch the trains coming and going until she’s finished her milkshake. She then decides which train she wants to get on to go home. This is definitely her favourite way to pass a morning and we’ll be doing it again this week. 

We also go swimming at least once a week and spend many hours playing with playdo, riding bikes and scooters and playing with a ball. We are both getting quite into our fresh fruit and vegetable juices from the juicer and making cakes with the leftovers. As far as I’m concerned, no child is too young to learn to make cake. At this age though, its the little things that kids love, so we’re making the most of it. Here is Libby sporting an apple and beetroot juice joker face. 

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