Thursday, December 12, 2013

One Way to Keep a Preschooler Busy During the Holidays

So, it's the holidays. You have roughly 50,000 things to do. The 3 year old has already watched a video this morning. She is tired of playing by herself while the big girls do school. The baby needs to nap.

What to do?

Break out the old-school tech, of course.

The first step is: be sure you own a record player. (I'm partial to my Crosley, but any turntable will do as long as it's in working order.)

The second step: find a read-along record. Maybe you have one from your childhood. I found this Little Critter's Christmas record at a thrift store for a quarter.

Final step: save it for Christmas time. Only break it out when you need it. Show her how to follow along in the book, play the record, and use your next minutes wisely. You'll have to come back and switch from Side A to Side B but that's a small price to pay for a relatively still 3 year old.

She may want to listen again. You can reluctantly agree. Try to hide your glee, lest she catch on.

Play it, again, Mom.


Gram said...

We've TONS of cassette tapes with similar books that you can borrow for free. Anything to keep Miss Lili occupied.

Kelly said...

OH WOW. She is so beautiful I may have actually shed a tear. I do not think I know a cuter kid.

Jodi G. said...

She is so so cute!!!!!!!! :)

Elisabeth said...

I'm running into the same problem with Abigail....older kids at school, mom preoccupied with keeping a spotless house, all but a handful of booksand toys in storage. Nit good for a 2 years old!

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