My favorite thing about parenting a toddler was finding fun in unexpected places.
When I had time and patience, of course.
A pile of gravel outside someone’s house? Let’s examine it!
A dude hanging a sign? Let’s watch!
A woman sweeping her porch? Maybe she’ll let you try it!
Hardware stores are full of fun for kids. I mean, light switches are probably on the list of top three items my son was passionate about at age two. Fans? NUMBER ONE ON THE LIST.
So when I saw the post on Left Brain Craft Brain about the Hardware Store Scavenger Hunt, I wanted to share it right away.
Visiting a massive hardware store is #35 on our list of 52 things to do with toddlers. Anne at Left Brain Craft Brain took it a step further by producing a printable list to make your visit more fun — and educational — when you search for things in the store.
The item I most recommend if you need a souvenir from your outing? This Stanley organizer. The little yellow compartments come out and can be rearranged, which is fun on it’s own, but also useful as your child begins collecting tiny what-nots that are easily lost.
Seriously, if anyone can tell me where that giraffe or that baby bottle is in a week, they will get a reward.
Have fun checking out the fans, light switches, and toilet seats!