I raided our toy bins today and filled a basket with items that can keep Veronika as busy as a bee by herself. Although the basket for your “busy bee” might look a little different than mine, here are some categories of toys she could manipulate solo.
To start, we went through all the items together for special mommy-and-me time. That way, I knew she’d be able to handle the toys solo later!
Busy Building: The first category includes any toys a toddler can build or manipulate, to hone fine motor skills. I gave Veronika a set of take-apart eggs with matching shapes. She loved looking inside. “I got a blue egg!” she might say before cracking open the next.
These were great because she could take them apart, fit them together, stack them back into the egg crate, and numerous variations thereof.
Busy Basket: Next up, look for anything with baskets or barrels that a toddler can fill, dump, refill, and repeat. I included a veggie farm set for Veronika. She loved “planting” the veggies in the pretend farm and pouring them from one bushel into another.
I love that this one tosses in a little learning for colors and counting.
Busy Board: For a board to keep her busy, I gave Veronika a magnetic tracing set. Although she’s too young to know her letters, this activity is excellent for future pen control. Plus she loves the click of the magnets as they pop to the top! Another option in this category would be a classic toddler latch board.
Busy Band: Finally, I included a magnet animal band set, featuring lots of magnets for her to mix and match. As always, supervise magnet play to make sure none are ingested. Veronika is interested in articles of clothing right now, so she was particularly interested in the outfits she could give each silly animal.
Needless to say, she was a busy little bee! What’s Busy B’s would you include? Please share in the comments!