The weather has definitely started turning here where we are, so I have a feeling our days of constant walks outside are unfortunately coming to a close. Because of this, I’ve been on the hunt for some awesome toys and books for H that will keep him occupied long enough for me to actually sit down. However, H is a toddler in every sense of the word, and its hard to keep him entertained for longer than a few minutes at a time, so it’s been no easy feat!
This was one of those ‘2am spur of the moment’ orders that I had totally forgotten about until it arrived on our doorstep. Whoops. Except not, because H practically lives in this super – easy – to – set – up tent. We were initially keeping it downstairs in our living room, but H started crying when we would separate him from it during nap times, so now it lives in his room while he sleeps, and then it comes back downstairs again when he’s awake. Thank goodness it weighs practically nothing (2 pounds actually), because his highness likes for me to carry him in one arm and carry his castle in the other.
We have made it into a little comfy reading type nook for him by adding a blanket to the bottom and a few pillows we picked up from Ikea, and he loves it! Full disclosure, Tomie dePaola is one of my favorite children’s book authors, and he has a book called The Knight and The Dragon which I used to read all the time when I was younger, and plan on reading with H once he’s older and will actually sit through it, so this tent totally gave me heart eyes when I saw it, because it will be the perfect setting for reading that particular book together.
There are two mesh windows so he likes playing peekaboo through them, and the ‘door’ rolls up and stores easily via a little latch. In my 2am haze, I thought I was buying a popup tent, which this is actually not, but the setup was super easy (just a few poles needed to be inserted), even without an instructions, and in the long run it will probably far outlast any popup tent I would have ordered because it’s super sturdy once it’s put together.
My dad has a tendency to never come over to our house empty handed, and these three books have been on heavy rotation ever since being added to H’s library. We keep at least one of these in the car at all times because it inevitably will calm a screeching toddler who wants nothing to do with being in his car seat. H is currently obsessed with any and all things that have an engine, especially trucks, trains and planes, so I can literally almost read these three books blindfolded.
Trucks is probably the most bold and simple out of all three. H loves that the book’s pages are tabbed, so they are easy enough for him to turn by himself, and you get to meet each driver and learn what their truck does. He has gotten the trucks down so that when he flips the pages, he can point and tell me what each one is, so basically my toddler is a genius.
The Fisher Price Little People Planes, Cars, Trucks and Trains book is the lift the flap book of lift the flap books. This puppy has over 55 flaps (please don’t make me count!) and is easily one of the best toddler distractors around. If you need something to keep your kiddo entertained on a flight or long car ride, I would highly suggest picking up this book.
What’s in My Truck features a bunch of different types of trucks, and 30 flaps to see what each truck carries. H’s favorite is the truck that carries the livestock, and I like that it asks questions and makes H search for things under the flaps. The colors are bright and vibrant, and this one has my favorite illustrations by far!
What do you have on your list for the toddler(s) in your life?