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    Default What do you do with your toddler?

    I need some inspiration for daily activities.

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    Our boy's a few months shy of two but he helps me with stuff around the house. That way he is occupied and stuff gets done and hopefully he won't grow up thinking that the fairies do it.

    Household stuff like...
    - washing up the dishes - he stands on a step stool and plays with the rinse water, puts non-breakable items (or I-don't-care-if-they-break things) on the drying rack.
    - laundry - puts things in the laundry bag, puts things in the machine, pushes the button to switch the machine on, takes things out, attempts to put them on a washing line at his level, plays with the pegs
    - baking/cooking - he stands on a stool and "helps" with putting things in bowls, stirring (my hand on his), and, his favourite, taste-testing.

    So these activities are done once/twice a day and yes it takes a little longer to get them done with my little helper, but I like having him around.
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    Play doh has been a new addition to our daily (or every second) activities. Dd is 17 months and loves it. I sit her on the dining table chair with a cushion under her and slide her right in with me sitting next to her. We have a glass table so she can go to town with it and it's easy clean up just a wet sponge.
    Can't wait to be able to get her to do cakes and cupcakes I think she's still a bit little to understand. How old is your Lo?

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    My DD's 20 months. Some of our current favourites:
    -gardening (there are currently heaps of caterpillars around - DD loves to pat them, gently)
    -playing in the sandpit
    -running around the back yard with a ball

    -folding up/putting away/hanging out/bringing in washing
    -grocery shopping

    -drawing
    -sticker books
    -play doh

    -go to a playground
    -go for a walk
    -go op shopping
    -local church play cafe

    I've just got some yoghurt so she can help me make some simple flat bread (flour, yoghurt, baking powder). I think she'll have a ball kneading the dough.

    Edited to add:
    And DD's all-time favourite activity: reading.
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    I have a 3yo and 15mth old. We don't have a backyard to run around in, we do have a small cubby on verandah with a play kitchen in there and they love 'cooking' each other things. Ds 15mths spends ages in there fiddling arouNd.
    Other activities:
    music - pots pans wooden spoons metal spoons on a soft rug. Let them make noise and sing! Usually do this in kitchen of an arvo while I'm organising dinner.

    sensory boxes filled with rainbow rice, pasta...whatever you can find! I add cups or animal figurines too.

    Dolls/home corner

    a table for art work - baskets of crayons pencils, note pad, colouring book

    set up a hospital, a dolly and a few bandaids

    make a cubby out of blankets and chairs

    a cosy book corner with a hand puppet

    playdoh I alternate the tools from farm animals to cutter shapes, rolling pins or cups. Some times no tools. Add glitter to the playdoh

    Shaving cream on a table (outside) for finger painting

    we do a lot of cooking and baking together. I have music playing quite a lot, I often turn it up and get them dancing and being silly with me.

    Dd does yoga with me on a Mat in the lounge.

    When not at home we r at playgroups, shopping or the library or a park/playground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renn View Post
    My DD's 20 months. Some of our current favourites:
    -gardening (there are currently heaps of caterpillars around - DD loves to pat them, gently)
    -playing in the sandpit
    -running around the back yard with a ball

    -folding up/putting away/hanging out/bringing in washing
    -grocery shopping

    -drawing
    -sticker books
    -play doh

    -go to a playground
    -go for a walk
    -go op shopping
    -local church play cafe

    I've just got some yoghurt so she can help me make some simple flat bread (flour, yoghurt, baking powder). I think she'll have a ball kneading the dough.

    Edited to add:
    And DD's all-time favourite activity: reading.
    Sorry to get side tracked here but that flat bread sounds great! Could I ask for recipe. I think my dd would love kneading that dough

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dansci0 View Post
    Sorry to get side tracked here but that flat bread sounds great! Could I ask for recipe. I think my dd would love kneading that dough
    http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/b...asy-flatbreads

    Usually DP's the bread-maker in this house... but I thought this one seemed easy enough for DD and I

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renn View Post
    Edited to add:
    And DD's all-time favourite activity: reading.
    Wooo! Yay for books!


 

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