1. I find my youngest (of 4 girls) just wants to join in with the activities of the older girls – some things have to be modified slightly to be more suitable but on the whole she does a good job!

    • We do that too, but during school time I need activities for my toddler while the older ones do their school work. Children are amazing at what they can handle. Often it’s more than we would normally think they could do. 🙂

  2. Naomi Armendariz

    Hi Jennifer,
    We have a whole crop of toddlers at church right now (5) and the parents of three of them (the other two would be too young) are interested in getting them started in some kind of learning preschool next year, and (thank goodness) public school or daycare is not an option any of them are willing to consider. Natalia, my sister and I are all trained teachers, and the parents want to know about starting a Christian school. But first things first – teaching three year olds.

    I look forward to reading your posts this week; they will be a great help and an answer to prayer. The Lord knows I was wracking my brain on how to plan for next fall since I’ve never regularly taught children this young.

    Any other help you might be able to offer would be very greatly appreciated!!!

    • That’s nice for your church, Naomi. I have a Pinterest board called “Busy Bags” with some more ideas. You could also do a search on Pinterest and/or Google using the words “busy bags” and will probably be overwhelmed with the amount of ideas out there.

  3. Julie Geoffrion

    I don’t remember what I did with my toddler while I was teaching – now she is in school 🙂 My brain doesn’t hold things very long haha – I get all those questions too to which I usually reply – well my sister has 8 – hahaha – kind of getting the attention off me 😉
    At work, the ladies brag on me that I homeschool and work but I’m always quick to remind them that I have a husband who LOVES to clean and kids that are great at helping. That being said, I’m looking forward to being home full-time again as cooking, laundry and making our clothes besides homeschooling DOES take a lot of time 🙂 How’s that for rabbit trailing from toddlers – haha

    • For sure we can’t do it all on our own. And to get back to toddlers 🙂 they can do small chores – put away silverware, fold kitchen cloths, match socks, etc. which would also qualify as activities for keeping them busy. 🙂

    • Thanks, Renee. I wish that for you too. There is a lot of love in our home. Of course, there’s a lot of fights and mess too, but I figure you can’t have one without the other. 🙂

  4. I only have one child; however, I have nine girls in my Sunday School class (ages 4 to 7) and it can be quite challenging sometimes. I definitely have to pre-plan our time together to keep their attention. Overall, they are adorable and a source of great joy.

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  5. I can somewhat relate to you, since I’m a sister to 8 kids. My favorite way to entertain my younger brothers and sisters is cooking projects—even my 3-year old sister get’s a kick out of “helping” make things she can eat!

  6. Joy Daggett

    Whenever you write these entries I just want to squish that boy!! 🙂 But you’ve really inspired me to get on the ball with Teddy more and now Lizzy who will be two in only three short months!!! *gulp*

  7. I think this would be a great activity for my son do with his dad (who currently stays at home to care for him… and our youngest who is 2 months). sometimes I worry he doesn’t have enough time for these kinds of activities and will be behind once he starts daycare. my first son is almost 2 (22 months) so I’m still unsure about scissors! lol

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