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Why Boredom Is One Of The Best Gifts You Can Give Your Toddler!

Updated: Aug 11, 2021



The school holidays often become a nightmare for parents because toddlers are bored, they keep throwing tantrums, and you keep thinking, “what to do with bored toddlers?” To be honest, have you ever sat back and considered if boredom is one of the best gifts you could give to your munchkin? This is because toddlers need some time to themselves (yup, your toddlers want me-time too).


This is because it helps them switch off from the outside world and indulge in daydreaming. If you are enticed to know more about the relationship between boredom and toddlers, we have got the information in this article!


Is Boredom Good For Toddlers?

Toddlers undergo stress too, and sitting idly helps them restore themselves, promising better mental functioning and well-being. In addition, toddlers need creative imagination, which means the moment of boredom is actually good for toddlers. What’s most intriguing is that toddlers who actually get such moments will result in positive mindfulness when they become adults.

On top of everything, boredom can teach grit because they have to amuse and entertain themselves; it even helps them eliminate the fear of failure. Secondly, when toddlers are bored, the parents won’t be intervening which eventually results in the development of problem-solving skills. In simpler words, toddlers can become uncomfortable if they are stimulated too much.


Activities For Bored Toddlers

Boredom is good but the benefits can be enhanced just by giving them the right activities. In the section below, we are sharing some activities, so parents can have a break as well!


· Stories

We have already mentioned how bored toddlers will have a spark of imagination and creativity, so why not put that to good use and ask toddlers to write stories? As parents, you can give them a basic idea (tell them if the story has to have a princess or other characters) and let them use creativity to conjoin the entire story.


· Paint & Drawings

It’s needless to say that toddlers often struggle to communicate with their parents, hence all the crying. On the other hand, when your toddler is bored, just give them a set of crayons and watch them show off their emotions on paper (they often use colors according to their mood and feelings). In addition to improved communication and expressiveness, regular drawing will improve the motor skills of toddlers.


· Sock Puppets

If you have a toddler, you would know how they love to play with markers and love to draw on the walls. While they are getting bored, just give them colorful markers and a white sock, and let them create their own sock puppets.


· “When I Grow Up” Poster

Toddlers have aspirations and goals but they often have a hard time communicating their aspirations. That being said, ask the toddlers to draw a poster about what they would like to become when they grow up. You will be amazed how your toddlers want to grow up and what they want to become as adults!


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