Fun with Kleenex

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Going stir crazy and need to occupy a toddler? Look no further than a box of tissues. Seriously, that’s it. This is what I call a “sacrificial tissue box” and sometimes it’s exactly what the doctor ordered.

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Put the box on the ground with the first tissue sticking out, and your toddler will immediately think they’ve gone to heaven. Veronika pulled out only a couple at first, and tried to clean the floor.

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Then she discovered the great joy of pulling out one after another, making a big pile.

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Then we got silly. I put some on my head and pretended to sneeze them off, which she quickly imitated.

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You can also pick up big handfuls and have them drift down like “snow”.

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She also lifted a tissue to her face and pretended to blow her nose just like mommy. “Mommy nose!” she said.

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Aside from those interactive moments together, the real beauty of the tissue box is that it can occupy a toddler solo for quite some time.

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The game needn’t end just because the tissues are gone. Re-purpose the box by stuffing in tissue paper. For this version, I started out with the tissue paper wadded up.

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These were hard for her to pull out though, so we ripped each portion into smaller pieces, which she could stuff in and pull out again.

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Scarves would work, too!

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