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    Yes, I heart tv as well! Netflix has some great kids shows that are actually pretty friggin educational. Dinosaur Train and Team Umizoomi are current favs.

    We luckily have a giant sand pit at our local park and letting him take a digger and truck means he's occupied for ages. He's not really runner thank god! Do you have a leash/harness? Then just go for a walk and collect rocks, leaves, etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyDino View Post
    My DS has a ride on Thomas bike he ride around the house, he also loves the Vtec car track, singing & Dancing
    Where did u get the ride on Thomas bike? I wouldn't mind something small for inside to ride but don't want it to be huge lol
    Oh yes we have a vtech car track, I did take it away the other week for throwing it around so might just be time to bring it back out! Singing and dancing are popular here as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by HollyGolightly81 View Post
    You mentioned he does swimming, what about other sports classes? I have a 2.5 year old boy as well and although he sounds maybe slightly calmer than yours I do find him exhausting. I find Pinterest helps for ideas and there's also a Facebook page called 'toddler approved' that often has good ideas and articles. To keep him busy we have preschool 3 mornings a week, sport one morning, swimming one morning, playgroup one morning. Other times we go to the park/playground, go for a walk and he rides his scooter or balance bike, playcenter, etc. inside we do lots of trains, duplo, playdoh, painting, etc. but I think my DS may have a sightly longer attention span than yours. Would sensory play keep his attention? So things like a tray of shaving cream that he can drive cars through? There's this mixture of corn flour and shaving cream that is kind of like sand and snow that ds' preschool does. Or would he just take messy play to a whole new level and make it too stressful? What about going for a scooter or bike ride to burn energy in the morning then home to play after? How often does he go to child care?
    I've honestly never thought about other sports classes for him. I didn't really think there was much for him at his age?
    He is such a handful but I do love he is active but oh man he is crazy some days lol
    Thank you I will find that Facebook page
    I haven't done too much sensory play with him, I do think he could get quite wild with it but he would probably enjoy it (especially if it has something to do with his cars etc lol) I will look online for some ideas thanks I will have to give him a go and see what level of crazy it gets to lol

    We don't really let him (as in going down the street etc) because he's a runner and he's damn quick haha. I do think I need to give a chance though. He would probably love it. I've bought him a balance bike for Christmas

    He only goes 1 day. I just can't afford 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasselhoff View Post
    I've honestly never thought about other sports classes for him. I didn't really think there was much for him at his age?
    He is such a handful but I do love he is active but oh man he is crazy some days lol
    Thank you I will find that Facebook page
    I haven't done too much sensory play with him, I do think he could get quite wild with it but he would probably enjoy it (especially if it has something to do with his cars etc lol) I will look online for some ideas thanks I will have to give him a go and see what level of crazy it gets to lol

    We don't really let him (as in going down the street etc) because he's a runner and he's damn quick haha. I do think I need to give a chance though. He would probably love it. I've bought him a balance bike for Christmas

    He only goes 1 day. I just can't afford 2
    Not sure what you have in your area but at the local school gymnastics is from 2. And the local PCYC has gymnastic-like playtime/classes that MIL was taking DS to from when he could walk.

    There is also 2yo yoga down the road (new yoga place) but I cannot see DS doing yoga!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I was going to also suggest sensory play as Holly did.

    OP: my DS sounds similar to yours at that age. A runner, short attention span for 'tasks', likes knocking things down etc. with hindsight I should have upped his sensory play.
    - shaving cream, full body painting, big sandpits, ball pits, trampolining centre, box of pine cones/rocks and bark, squishy toys (would run off after 3 minutes playing trains as well, however give him a squishy toy and he's occupied for 20 minutes).

    Don't forget TV. At that age my DS developed an infatuation for toy story. Could last the whole movie.
    Thanks VicPark! They are great ideas. I've never really sat down and thought of different sensory play ideas. Maybe that's what he's lacking.

    He does enjoying watching cartoons at certain times, sometimes too much I think lol I try movies with him and he does lose interest but comes back after a few minutes lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by HollyGolightly81 View Post
    Yes, I heart tv as well! Netflix has some great kids shows that are actually pretty friggin educational. Dinosaur Train and Team Umizoomi are current favs.

    We luckily have a giant sand pit at our local park and letting him take a digger and truck means he's occupied for ages. He's not really runner thank god! Do you have a leash/harness? Then just go for a walk and collect rocks, leaves, etc?
    We don't actually have Netflix lol he does love team umizoomi though. As much as I hate it! Lol.

    There's a big sandpit at our local park but it's needing to be refilled after all the rain we have had because it's basically empty. He would love to take his digger and trucks down there though.
    We don't have one. I am trying to find somewhere to buy one. I've had enough of the running. DF doesn't like the leash things but I'm giving in and buying one (when I can find one haha)
    He would love collecting rocks etc. I need one asap haha thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinklify View Post
    Not sure what you have in your area but at the local school gymnastics is from 2. And the local PCYC has gymnastic-like playtime/classes that MIL was taking DS to from when he could walk.

    There is also 2yo yoga down the road (new yoga place) but I cannot see DS doing yoga!
    I've never really looked in to too be honest. I'll have to google lol I never really thought there would be much around for DS age.

    Oh yoga would hell for DS haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasselhoff View Post
    I've never really looked in to too be honest. I'll have to google lol I never really thought there would be much around for DS age.

    Oh yoga would hell for DS haha.
    Hasselhoff from memory I think you live in my area? The PCYC in Orange does Kindergym classes from age 2 that are lots of fun. Give them a call!

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    Default Amusing a 2.5 yr old

    A lot of the sport classes have been from 2.5 here so I'm sure you can find some. The sport class ds1 goes to is pretty much everything, mostly just working on coordination and an introduction to all ball sports but I know there are soccer, tennis and rugby classes around from 2.5.

    Pop 'toddler sensory play' in Pinterest for ideas and also the word 'ooblek.' It's pretty much just corn starch and water and creates a substance that's not a liquid or a solid, we used to play with it in science class as children. It's solid when it's together than turns liquid when you break it apart, becoming solid again as it comes together again. Something like that plus just something like let him him drive his cars through shaving cream may keep him occupied for a while.

    Leashes I'm pretty sure you can find on big w's website, there are ones that are an animal backpack and then the tail in the leash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasselhoff View Post
    I've never really looked in to too be honest. I'll have to google lol I never really thought there would be much around for DS age.

    Oh yoga would hell for DS haha.
    Look up little kickers in your area - as well as mainly music - we did both from 18 months until he started school!


 

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