CAR ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS | PAGE 2
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These are the things I took for my 18-month old:
– Books. Thick, sturdy board books. Ones he could look at by himself without total demolition. We really love the Usbourne Touchy Feely “That’s not my…” series. Be wary of books with flaps. My kid always rip the flaps off. The pocket-sized Dr Seuss books are great too!
– Chunky cars. We like these ones that are thick enough for little hands to hang on to and easy to pick them up if dropped. And they are a lot easier for me to find if he drops them. They didn’t seem to fall into cracks and crevices as badly as the matchbox car did. Here are some Chuck and Friends ones, and we are collecting the MARVEL superhero ones now, but I’ve found a few at The Dollar Tree on occasion.
– Busy Wallet. My little guy loves to pull my cards out of my wallet. But I can’t afford to hope that I find all of them again and that I get them all back after his play sessions. So, I took one of my old wallets and some old cards I no longer need and stuffed those in there. I wanted more cards so I took some scrap pieces of paper and laminated them and added them to the wallet too. Little J was in HEAVEN! And it was a stress-free activity for us both.
– Bubbles. These were great for rest stops. It gave the kids something to do while they waited and stretched their legs that didn’t involve wandering around rest areas, public bathrooms and exploring all the “puddles” they came across. I will confess I blew a few bubbles in the car too during one particularly rough meltdown. The Gazillion Bubbles solution is our very favorite, but it’s kind of pricey on Amazon, so unless you really don’t want to go to the store, check locally. I found these mini tubes at Target. They were great as far as size!