In my “I have two children, one that is potty trained and one that is rebelling” opinion, potty training has to be fun in order for everyone to enjoy it and for it to be successful. My four-year-old, Hope, began potty training at eighteen months and was the princess of the potty. She loved everything about it, my two-year-old, Jillian…not so much. So, while I am waiting for Jillian to embrace the idea of going potty on her potty chair, I thought I would share some really fun potty training activities and games that I did with Hope.
Potty Dance Party
Most toddlers love to groove and a potty dance party might be just what they need to really enjoy the potty training experience. With this potty training activity, I suggest that you go big or go home…that’s right, get a light up disco ball, set up a CD player in the bathroom with their favorite music, and add some props, like a boa, tutu, and top-hat whatever your child really likes. Doing the potty training activity is fun and easy. All you have to do is ask your toddler if they are ready for their potty dance party in a very excited manner, head to the bathroom, listen for the potty they are making, and after they have finished, been wiped, and washed their hands it is time to turn on the music and dance! The more people that can dance it up in the bathroom the better, so let the family join in with this potty training activity.
With this potty training activity or game, I suggest that you let your toddler help make the chart and pick out the stickers, or marker they would like to use to check off their accomplishments. The potty training chart needs to be positive and should not include negative mishaps or accidents. It is not meant to have stickers taken away if there is an accident, if the potty training chart is to work to its fullest potential it needs to remain positive and rewarding. Make it big and put it in the room by their potty chair so that they can use it immediately after going potty. Include all of the steps in your potty training chart such as, getting undressed by themselves, going potty or poopy, flushing, and washing their hands. I did not include wiping in this because they will need an adult to do this for them in the beginning.
Paint the Panties
This activity worked wonders with Hope. If your toddler loves to color, this potty training activity will be really fun. You will need a plain pack of underwear, fabric paint, and a clip board. I suggest letting your toddler pick out the plain underwear and colors of fabric paint for additional involvement. Put a smock on your toddler, attach the undies with the front side facing out, to the clipboard, and let them decorate their new underwear with the fabric paints. This potty training activity will also help your toddler identify the front side of the underwear when they are dressing themselves.
Joke it Up
If your toddler is approaching the preschooler stage, they might have a good sense of humor and you can take advantage of that with this easy potty training activity. Simply sit in the bathroom with your child and take turns telling jokes. This is a great pastime if your child is having a bowel movement. If you don’t have a plethora of knock-knock jokes and puns stored up in your memory, either try your local bookstore, or hit the library and check out a book. Laughter makes potty training entertaining and is a great way to connect with your youngster. (And you won’t believe the silly jokes that they will make up on their own.)
Potty training works best when it is a positive experience; toddlers feel proud of themselves and parents do not end up frustrated. Try to remember that accidents happen, for instance in the middle of an aisle at your local supermarket, and this is not a time to be disappointed, mad, or yell at your toddler. Doing so will ruin all of the fun and hard work that you have done. Just do yourself a favor – pack your diaper bag appropriately and laugh it off.