Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Education & Schools
  3. Homeschooling

Toddler Car Wash

See also

When you’re homeschooling older kids, there are moments when your toddler just…well…you wouldn’t want to say “gets in the way.” That sounds so negative. But when there are tiny hands tugging at your leg, or a tiny whining voice complaining about something every three seconds, it’s very difficult to get anything accomplished—not to mention distracting for the older kids, too. You have to do something to keep your toddler engaged long enough to finish a lesson—but what on earth are you going to do that will keep them entertained long enough to do anything when you haven’t prepared it ahead of time?

More Photos

This is one activity that you can put together with just a couple of minutes and very minimal materials.

Gather up your materials: a tub or box; a little bit of soap (dish soap makes the best bubbles) and a few toy cars. Tell your child that they get to take their cars to the car wash! Then, place the materials in the floor in a room that’s not carpeted (any time you let your child play with water, it has the potential to make a big mess) and let them get to it! If you want more bubbles than water, you can always dump out some of the water and keep the bubbles as you go; or, use plenty of dish soap, which makes big mountains of bubbles.

The toddler verdict: loads of fun! This bought about thirty minutes’ worth of playtime. As always, it tends to buy more time if they have someone to play with them; but you’re not trying to fill the day, you’re trying to keep them busy long enough to get a lesson in.

As with all toddler activities, the more often you do it, the less it’s going to hold their attention—“new” and “novel” do a much better job of that.

The big kid verdict: “Mom! Why don’t we get to play?!”

Advertisement

Life

  • Transgender cop
    A transgender police officer is stepping down from her position to run for office
    Video
    Political Office
  • Easter eggs
    Craft delicate, hand-painted eggs with flowers and other designs celebrating spring
    Camera
    Easter Eggs
  • Subway message
    Subway customer finds 'Big Mama' written on her order
    Video
    Subway Message
  • Working from home
    Working from home can be an exciting venture. Get tips to ensure productivity
    Camera
    Get Tips
  • Limes
    Rising cost of limes could be putting the squeeze on your favorite restaurant
    Expensive Limes
  • Pope Francis
    Religion: Pope Francis instructs how to fight against Satan
    Morning Mass

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!