As a preacher’s wife in a country church with no nursery I sat in church with 2 little boys. My husband would come home after church and be tired from preaching. I begged him to let me preach one Sunday and he could sit with the kids. It is not easy to keep little ones quiet. This toy was a lifesaver for me.
A small match box covered with contact, wallpaper, gift wrap or construction paper. ( We don’t want the child to know matches come in this box originally for safety reasons)
A cotton ball
Quietly show the toddler how to open and close the box. When they get tired of that put the cotton ball inside and it is like playing peek a boo with the cotton ball. Great for small muscles development and increase vocabulary. Examples: Open, close, in and out, etc. If they drop the box or cotton is hardly makes a noise. Keep this little box in your purse or pocket and it will come in handy in waiting rooms or grocery lines.