10 Ways to Get Yard Work Done With Toddlers
- Set out a multiple course picnic that features their favourite foods. Raspberries, granola bars, Watermelon...anything they love that will distract them.
- Suggest that they pick all of the yellow flowers (dandelions), preferably by the root (they totally won't do this) and then put them in a bowl.
- When the confines of a gated yard just isn't enough, strap them into a swing and push them every few minutes while you work.
- Never underestimate the power of simple games like catch or kicking a ball back and forth while you work.
- Side Walk Chalk.
- Set up a toy car wash - here's how.
- Give them assignments: collecting all the little sticks and putting them into a garden bag or collecting random rocks around the yard so you won't run them over while you mow the grass are helpful and time consuming tasks.
- Let them pick out a plant of their own to water and care for.
- Know when to divide and conquer. Certain tasks, say painting picnic tables, are best tackled during nap time or during TV time.
- Be prepared for some short shifts and sometimes frustrating shifts on yard work They will undo some of your work, and that's okay - those topiary bushes that look like your family crest probably aren't going to happen this year. Sometimes scheduling half an hour after work every day for the week is the only way to get things done.
Watching dad work from the top of her slide.
Bowl of dandelion heads.
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