18. Paint with Water books
19. Felt Faces by Toddler Approved
20. Puzzles (or even a puzzle hunt)
21. Listen to a Podcast or Book on Tape (with headphones)
22. LEGO (this one is my daughter's current favorite)
24. Magnet Dolls
25. Pom Pom Grab & Drop by Busy Toddler
26. Velcro Sticks by Powerful Mothering
For littler ones... don't forget to use your high chair!
Set them up with an activity in their high chair and let them make a mess. Don't forget to strap them in.
What about screen time?
Screen time is a great tool to use when you really need to get something done and nothing else works, or you just don't have the bandwidth to try activities.
Do what you need to do.
Your toddler watching some Paw Patrol or Daniel Tiger while you get an important work project done is not the end of the world.
Don't let anyone make you feel like it is.
Now, I'm not guaranteeing your child will love all of these activities. As we all know, toddlers can be pretty finicky when they want to be. But you never know what will be that activity that reels your little one in and keeps them playing for a long time... so you might as well try some!
Also, don't forget to grab our free printable resources for busy toddler parents HERE, including this printable sit beside me activity page.
What are your favorite sit beside me activities for busy toddlers? How do you keep your toddler occupied when you need to get work done?
Please tell me in the comments so others can learn from you!