This morning, I was about to stop and fix lunch when Jonathan decided that he needed to eat RIGHT NOW (even though it wasn’t time yet). Gresham and Owen (ages 5 and 2) were fighting and throwing toys at each other, and so I had one sit on the couch and one on a chair so that they were separated, but still close to me so I could supervise them! Here are some ways that I kept them occupied while feeding Jonathan – plus some additional ideas for waiting times.
- Sing the ABC song
- Practice counting – to 10 for Owen, to 100 for Gresham
- Practice counting backwards
- Practice counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s
- Play “I spy” something that starts with a certain letter
- Name the letter that things in the room start with
- Name all the mammals you can think of
- Name all of the swimming animals you can think of
- Memorize Bible verses
- Teach them how to “twiddle” their thumbs or pat their head while rubbing their tummy – if they can’t do it, it’s at least good for a laugh!
- Investigate what color eyes everyone has. Whose eyes are the darkest? The lightest?
- See who can roll their tongue and who can’t – it’s genetic!
How do you keep your preschoolers entertained while waiting for something?