Keep containers of trinkets, knickknacks and do-dads. Give your children one of the boxes to explore. They will take each item out of the box, examine it and experiment with possible uses. Be careful to include only items that have no small parts that could choke tots who still put things in their mouth.
Stock up on board books when they’re on sale, and introduce a new one to hold your toddler’s interest. Try to have a few minutes to spare when you do, so you can read the book together first. You will be amazed at how easily even toddlers can pick up this vital habit.
Plan periodic breaks, and spend this time giving your full attention to your children. Remember to be flexible. Some children need more interaction than others, so let their cues be your guide. This is the best way to guarantee positive and happy results.
Have several small snacks ready if your children are frequent eaters. Prepare paper bags or plastic containers of raisins, pretzels, dried fruit, or other healthy treats. This will save you from having to stop in the middle of something if your children decide they are hungry.