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4 activities that will teach your toddler patience

If you have a toddler, your home is loud, full of love, and wearing a bit thin on patience. Once your toddler starts to develop their personality and finds their voice, they are on the constant go and everything needs to be given to them right now. To help them slow down and learn a bit of patience, there are a few activities you should try.

Teaching your little one patience is an important part of their development. Everyone needs to learn how to have at least a little bit of it. With a toddler, there are some games and activities you can do to develop and strengthen their patience level. Let’s check out 4 ways how to teach a toddler to be patient that won’t have you forgetting about yours.

Two small children playing together.

Put the pieces together

Puzzles are a great way to teach your child patience. You might gain a little bit yourself along the way. They make so many puzzles these days that you can find one suited for your child. The bigger wooden ones or one with the bigger pieces would be perfect for that age.

Do one with your child together and show them how it works. Then when you feel they’ve gotten the hang of it, let them do it all on their own. Having to find the pieces and finish the puzzle without giving up will teach your child to be patient and take their time.

Keep an eye on them, and if they get frustrated, step in and explain how sometimes it takes some time. You can help them a little, but they should do it themselves. Grab a favorite snack for them and you can enjoy a cup of coffee while they work on the puzzle.

Set a timer

This one works for many parents. When your toddler is asking you every 30 seconds for you to “come look at this,” when are you are in the middle of doing something, set a timer. Let them know when the timer goes off, then they can come to you.

Explain to them you need to finish a task and they need to keep themselves busy. Give them two options of something to do or play with. Show them the timer and let them set it if it’s a handheld one, and then let them start it.

If you set a timer on your phone, let them hit the “start” button. Tell them to listen for the noise when the time is up and let them turn the timer off. Having that cue for your child will help them have that boundary of how long they have to be patient.

A dad and daughter playing the memory game.

The memory game

Let’s be real, parents could probably use some flexing of the memory muscle as well. The memory game is a great one to play together or if there is an older sibling around, to have them play. For this one, you will want to make sure it’s a simple subject on the cards, such as animals, colors, or their favorite cartoon show.

Your little one will learn patience while it’s your turn and they have to wait for their turn, and they’ll learn to be patient and think through which card they want to flip over when it’s their turn. The memory game usually lasts a little longer as well, so they’ll have to be patient in waiting to see who will win.

Hide and seek

This game will teach your child a few skills, but patience is one of them. The whole family can get in on this game as well.

When it’s your turn to hide, your toddler has to take the time to look for you and not throw a fit if they can’t find you. When it’s their turn to hide, they have to learn to be patient and be quiet while you look for them. If it’s just the two of you playing, you can take your time trying to find them – even when you hear those giveaway giggles coming from right next to you.

Any parent who has tried to pick up a toddler in the middle of a full-on meltdown has questioned their own strength. Fill up that cup or grab that snack at a pace slower than what that mini-version of you deems acceptable, and you can feel their lips about to quiver. That’s why you should start teaching them how to be patient the minute they understand the concept of waiting.

Take your time getting what they ask for, and don’t jump the second those cute little eyes look at you. You have to model the behavior for them to understand it better. Adults might need to relearn some patience as well, but that’s why playing these toddler activities is a great way for you two to both add to your patience pool and have adorable bonding moments.

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