How do I entertain my 3 year old on holiday?

Answered by Frank Schwing

As a parent, I understand the challenge of keeping a 3-year-old entertained on holiday. It can be difficult to find activities that are both fun and age-appropriate. However, with a little creativity and planning, you can ensure that your toddler has a fantastic time. Here are 10 quick tips to keep your 3-year-old entertained on holiday:

1. Pack the essentials: Bring along a bucket, spade, and watering can. These classic beach toys provide endless entertainment for toddlers as they build sandcastles and create mini water play areas.

2. Stickers galore: Stickers of all shapes and sizes are a hit with toddlers. They can stick them on paper, their clothes, or even create sticker collages. It’s a simple and mess-free activity that can keep them occupied for hours.

3. Aqua doodle and aqua mat: These water-based drawing mats allow toddlers to draw and create without the need for messy paints or markers. It’s a great way to encourage their creativity and keep them entertained during downtime.

4. Colouring books and crayons: A stash of colouring books and crayons is always handy to have. Whether it’s at a restaurant or during travel, these can keep your toddler engaged and help develop their fine motor skills.

5. Balls: Balls are a versatile toy that can be used in various ways. They can be used for kicking, throwing, rolling, or even playing catch. Pack a few small balls in your bag, and your toddler will have endless fun.

6. Stacking cups: Stacking cups are incredibly versatile and can be used for a range of activities. They can be used for stacking, sorting, pouring water, or even playing with sand. They are lightweight and easy to pack, making them a great travel toy.

7. Books: Don’t forget to pack your toddler’s favorite books. Reading together not only entertains them but also helps with their language development and bonding.

8. Puzzles: Simple puzzles with large pieces are perfect for toddlers. They can spend hours putting the pieces together and feeling a sense of accomplishment when they complete the puzzle.

9. Music and dance: Toddlers love to move and groove. Create a playlist of their favorite songs and have impromptu dance parties. It’s a great way to burn off energy and have fun together.

10. Nature exploration: Take advantage of the natural surroundings on your holiday. Go on nature walks, collect leaves or rocks, and encourage your toddler to observe and explore their environment. It’s a great way to engage their senses and introduce them to the wonders of nature.

Remember to tailor the activities to your toddler’s interests and abilities. Every child is different, so be flexible and open to trying new things. With a little planning and creativity, you can create a memorable and enjoyable holiday for your 3-year-old.