This is a quick list of a few very simple ideas to keep baby busy, and even toddlers, while you’re making dinner in the kitchen. I have found that including them with you in the kitchen is key!
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find it really hard to get dinner on the table. Coming up with the idea for dinner is always the hardest for me, but keeping the kids happily occupied [and out from under my feet] is often a challenge in itself.
Babies especially are difficult to occupy, because they need constant supervision and are just in the needy stage in general. They need mom!
Thankfully, I’ve been partnering with Ella’s Kitchen to bring you edible sensory activities for kids to try at home in ways that will also help introduce them to food that’s good for them! And these are all perfect for baby activities!
Ella’s believes that, just as adults do, Babies eat with all of their senses, it’s not just the texture or taste that’s important. That’s why we’re finding all these fun sensory ways for the kids to play! It’s also why Ella’s makes sure all their yummy, organic baby food appeals to all their senses, with bright, colorful, squeeze packs to grab and squish.
Quick activities to keep baby busy…
… while you are trying to make dinner for the family!
- Let them sample what you’re making, taste test! Pull the high chair up next to where you’re working and give them some Ella’s Kitchen Puffits as pre-dinner snacks. It’s also a great way to feed them their dinner so when its time for you to sit down and eat you really can just eat! If they need to move around and the chair isn’t for them, move it to the floor!
- Let babies dig through the Tupperware drawer. Stack them up, nest them, match up with their lids! Many babies will just think its fun to toss them around back and forth.
- Pots and pans with spoons are fun to make noises with and pretend to be like Mom. That goes for measuring cups too!
- Make a sensory rattle with snacks for babies. Older babies can make it themselves. Putting the food in and pouring it out will become a game that keep them busy.
- Make a sensory sandbox using items from your pantry. Lay out a towel and large tub and dump some oatmeal or flour in it. Just a little goes a long way.
Do you have any secret, and quick, activities that are easy to keep babies busy while you’re in the kitchen?
Be sure to check out the collaborative Pinterest board with Ella’s Kitchen with many sensory play ideas – Tiny Taste Bud Adventures!
Find out more about the Ella’s Kitchen organic baby food and how its good in every sense:
- Ella’s Kitchen website
- Ella’s Kitchen USA on Facebook
- @EllasKitchenUSA on Twitter
- Ella’s Kitchen USA on Pinterest
Disclosure: I’m excited to be brand ambassador for Ella’s Kitchen organic baby food!