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Tips To Keep Your 3-Year-Old Engaged!

Maheshu Sarann
1 to 3 years

Created by Maheshu Sarann
Updated on Jun 01, 2018

Tips To Keep Your 3 Year Old Engaged

Keeping your energetic 3-year-old busy indoors is no easy task, especially since toddlers have a short attention span and quickly become disinterested in their toys. Read on to find out some useful tips and ideas to keep you both entertained indoors.

Tips To Keep Your Three-Year Old Engaged

  1. Let’s create a schedule:

    It helps to have a schedule. It’s best to include fun learning activities and games in this schedule. Make time at the end of each week to plan the following week’s activities
    • Once you take into account eating, bathing, napping and sleeping, you’ll probably be left with three to five hours a day of activity time
    • You may plan a good mix of physical activities and learning games and choose from indoor sports to arts and crafts, to letting your toddler watch some television, but not too much, for pure entertainment
    • Plan your activities around the time your child is most energetic, for example, after an afternoon nap
  2. Physical activities:

    Physical activities help in channeling your 3-year-old’s energy by getting him involved in these fun physical activities
    • You may engage the child in physical activities through indoor sports. You don’t have to go outside to teach your child games like cricket, badminton, basketball, bowling and so on
    • Make space in the living room or dining area and you are ready to play with her
    • Other indoor games like hide and seek, peek-a-boo, tag, catch, and jump rope are simple ways to get your child running around the house
    • Or you could look at what games are great for your child now. Try playing in different rooms around your home to keep the game interesting
  3. Make housework fun for your child:

    Involve your 3-year-old in household activities like you may ask her to pass clothes pegs while you hang your laundry, set the mats for dinner, put back the dishes or dust the table. Clap and praise her every time she does a good job. This will encourage her to keep doing it and you’ll get your chores done faster!
  4. Dance your blues away:

    Turn up the volume (not too loud, of course) and let your child dance to her favorite tunes. If you have more than one child, then you can make it a competition for extra fun. Or better still you may also join in the fun
  5. Hurdles to cross:

    You can build an obstacle course for your child using cushions, chairs, buckets or other objects that won’t hurt her. Then race with your child to the finish. Remember to clear the space of sharp objects, tables with sharp corners, before you indulge in the game
  6. Balloons everywhere:

    Instead of buying an already-blown balloon, get a few balloons and blow them. Your child may want to throw them around or play balloon tennis. Balloons are safer than balls as they are less likely to break stuff around the house. If a balloon bursts, make sure to throw the shreds away immediately
  7. Teach in a playful way:

    Indulge in games that teach your child through playful manner like building blocks
    • Most building blocks have letters or numbers on them and come in different colours
    • You may teach your child the alphabet or how to count while she has fun playing with the blocks
    • Flash cards are another way to teach your child in a playful manner. You may make these at home or buy them from the market. Usually one side of the card has a letter on it and the other side a picture of something beginning with that letter
    • Puzzles are another way to keep her occupied. Show her how to do one and watch her complete a puzzle
  8. Read me a story:

    Reading books together would help you to introduce your child to nursery rhymes and stories by getting her in interested in books. Read aloud and encourage her to copy you
  9. Let’s get arty:

    Let her get arty and indulge in drawing, coloring, and painting. You may use coloring books, though plain pieces of paper work just as well. You may try all kinds of painting methods to keep her involved. You can try finger or hand painting. You may cut vegetables like lady fingers or potatoes, dip them in paint and stamp them on paper to create fun shapes

There are numerous activities that you may do with your three-year-old and keep her engaged indoors. Please do share your feedback and views on the same in the comments section below.

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| Sep 19, 2018

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| Jul 18, 2018

thanks. it's good

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| Jun 17, 2018

its really gud info thank u

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| Jun 17, 2018

Good information...

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| Jun 17, 2018

it's really good thank you

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| Jun 03, 2018

tq for information i will try them all

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| May 28, 2018

very useful,thank u so much

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| May 07, 2018

thank u....

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| May 06, 2018

really helpful... Thanks..

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| Apr 30, 2018

Thanks

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| Apr 29, 2018

very helpful ideas and information thank you very much

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| Apr 29, 2018

thanks mam, useful information.

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| Apr 21, 2018

Thank you so much Mam for sharing very useful information. I have an query, Pura din raat Ghar ka kam krke himat hi nhi bachti ki m apne baby k sath khelu. M apne me himat kaise rkhu...

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| Mar 11, 2018

Excellent... Thanks for sharing valuable information

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| Mar 08, 2018

Excellent article. I must thankful for the same. very easy and simple ways which are usually unnoticed by us have been beautifully described here. I have been benefited a lot as my daughter is just 3 years old.

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| Mar 06, 2018

very useful informations... thank u

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| Mar 06, 2018

very useful information

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| Mar 06, 2018

very useful suggestions thanku

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| Mar 05, 2018

Very useful suggestions, thankuu

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| Mar 05, 2018

Thank you so much such a useful tips

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| Mar 04, 2018

thanks a lot for useful suggestions...

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| Mar 03, 2018

very useful suggestions

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| Jul 09, 2017

thanks

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| Jun 25, 2017

very useful tips... me also struggling to find out the different engagement activities for my 3 yr old daughter... let me try a few among these... ☺

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| Jun 02, 2017

nice suggestions..

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| May 24, 2017

nice suggestions

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| May 18, 2017

thanks for sharing. plz suggest some more activities for 3 nd 5 years child's.

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| May 15, 2017

thanks for sharing

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| May 14, 2017

Ideas r vry useful for me thanku parentune

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| May 07, 2017

thanjs for your valuable explanation..

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| May 06, 2017

Very practical and doable ideas to keep our little ones completely engaged... Thank you..

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| May 05, 2017

your ideas are very good.

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| May 03, 2017

thanks Maheshu for such good ideas

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| Jan 16, 2017

very nice ideas to keep busy our kids

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| Dec 28, 2016

Interesting ideas to keep your 3-year-old engaged -- I would say :)

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| Dec 28, 2016

nice and helpful article... thnx ya

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| Dec 16, 2016

hey reena give your child choices so she feels a sense of control over her world. "Would you like me to help you or do you want to do it yourself?" Encourage independence by letting them do things for themselves, and setting up their environment so they can. This may mean putting toys in bins, keeping cups for water on low shelves, putting stools near sinks, and generally making your home more child-friendly. Enroll your child as your assistant. Let your child be a participant in family work and she'll feel needed and powerful in her You can set limits. Tell him what may and may not be thrown (balls good, food bad), and where throwing is okay, preferably outdoors and not from his high chair. Gently say "No throwing," and shake your head firmly with a serious look on your face. If he persists, tell him.. we'll go out and play catch. Then follow through. As long as you're calm and consistent, he will learn. All kids will exhibit all of these inappropriate behaviors, so do not feel like you are alone. show independence, and experiment with limits. Your job is to redirect the behavior, and show him that these bad behaviors are not appropriate and will not be tolerated. With time, patience, and by following through your kid will eventually outgrow this phase.

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| Dec 16, 2016

IS there any tip for the child throwing all the things ...of 3years

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| Dec 16, 2016

Super Maheshu..... nice article way to go☺

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| Dec 14, 2016

hey afreen kids at this STAGE ll be like tht only do don't worry its ok leave her gv her some space n don't keep on yelling on her or telling her not to do few things which u dont like because kids they always know very well if mom s saying NO it means they have to change their mothers answer to a big YES at any cost.. once they see tht u r not responding to their behaviour s which u dont like they ll automatically come to u n ll ask u wht happened tht tym u try to mk thm understand tt their behaviour s hurting u they ll try to understand

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| Dec 14, 2016

hey purva as baby s very small but still u can gv her some water games, half bottle filled marbles In sprite bottle n seal the cap with tape well n gv her to shake so tht she can mk some noise.. encourage her with music instruments

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| Dec 14, 2016

Very good ideas of keeping child happy & learn by playing in many ways you suggested. I am having 1. 4 months old daughter. She is all the time crying. Please suggest some games.

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| Dec 14, 2016

Nice article

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| Dec 13, 2016

nice tips

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| Dec 13, 2016

it's nice

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| Dec 13, 2016

Can you suggest some indoor games for 1. 5 years old kid? thank you!

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| Dec 13, 2016

my child is 2 and a half years old.. but she is too stubborn please guide me

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| Dec 13, 2016

My Babys age 1year his not eat a food suggest u

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| Dec 13, 2016

@Maheshu well written. Give tips for one year old.... :)

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