How to Homeschool with a Toddler in the Mix

My baby is now three years old, officially she is no longer a toddler but I do remember those wonderful toddler days. Although she will always be the baby of the family. What do you do with a toddler while you are trying to homeschool the older children? I always say it’so much easier to homeschool with a newborn or baby because they’re not so mobile yet and you can get a lot done while nursing them. Well all the fun ideas that I usually have, don’t apply to her. She’s too young for a lot of the activities that require fine motor skills and objects that she likes to mouth. She doesn’t like to play with toys yet, at least not long enough for me to get any work done. Do you have a toddler wreaking havoc in your homeschool? How can you find time to homeschool the other kids while keeping your toddler happy? What can you give your young toddler aged child to play with to keep them occupied during school hours?
  • boxes of all sizes
  • a deck of cards
  • DVD cases
  • a carton or bottle to put small objects into and take out – pom poms or wooden blocks
  • keys
  • workbooks – yes they’re especially fun when your older brother is using them
  • recyclable items – juice cartons, plastic bottles..
  • pots and pans
  • spatulas, wooden spoons, and measuring cups
These are the items that my princess was obsessed with and will seek out during her day. Forget all the wonderful dolls and toys she got for Christmas, this is what she wants to play with. Forbidden items, things that are not really meant for to be toys. She can’t be trusted with small items since she still mouths everything so these are items that are safe for her. Our toddler is almost in the walking phase and loves pulling up onto the couch. She loves to sit beside her brothers while they are reading on the couch. Particularly because the phone is reachable from there. Add that to the list too, the phone. You can see more ideas for fun toddler activities and other toddler activities as well. What does your toddler love to play with? Read the rest of the posts in my series – Ultimate List of Homeschooling Questions. Thinking about homeschooling? Get your questions answered


  1. My daughter would take apart our CD cases. Not a good thing here. 🙂

    1. That’s why she loves DVD cases, she wants to open them to get to the cds.

  2. I remember that was one of my questions when I was first considering homeschooling.

  3. It has been so long since I’ve had a toddler and when I did have a ‘typical’ toddler I was only homeschooling K,1st and preschool so much easier to deal with than if I had a toddler NOW. I remember “pulling books off shelves” was a favorite activity of two of mine. I can smile now about it, but not back then LOL

  4. Great ideas. I miss the cuteness of Toddlers, but I don’t miss the exhaustion!

  5. I agree with the workbooks. Our toddler wants to do “school” like his brothers, so I take the pages out of the workbooks we don’t like or use (as well as the backsides of any that are half-way worked on) and he seems happy with this. Love the other ideas, too!

  6. Although they are really cool suggestions, I always found that paper plates and crayons make a great art oriented play time that fills hours with minimum planning. My daughter would work on those quietly for ages.

    1. She loves crayons but doesn’t draw with them, she throws them around, and then they break and they’ve become more of a hazard really. I’m looking forward to the time where she’ll sit quietly and draw.

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