Looking for some quiet activities to keep your toddlers and preschoolers quiet during General Conference?
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Straws and pipe cleaners
Get some straws and cut them up into smaller pieces. Make sure the pieces aren’t so small that they become a choking hazard. Now, take a pipe cleaner and bend it a little bit on one end so that the straw pieces won’t fall off.
Now, show your toddler how to put the straw pieces on the pipe cleaner as if they were beading a necklace. This activity is nice because it isn’t exactly beading so even boys won’t complain.
Using a pipe cleaner rather than string means that the “string” is much sturdier. This is great for young toddlers who can’t bead well yet. It really helps with hand eye coordination when your child puts the straw onto the pipe cleaner. Plus, if you use fun colored straws, your toddler will love it even more.
Have you ever heard of playdough mats? They are pretty awesome, especially for a child who has maybe played with playdough a little too much and is now bored with it.
A playdough mat is simply a laminated piece of paper that has an activity to complete with playdough. You can also use contact paper or packing tape to laminate the pages. If you choose to leave it plain you won’t be able to reuse it.
Feel free to play along by printing out these free Playdough mats that I made!
They are both pretty easy! Put “apples” on the apple tree, and put black or yellow play-dough on the pumpkin to make it a Jack-o-Lantern.
I also made this General Conference Ties Playdough Mat that you can download below!