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    Default How do you entertain your toddler?

    I have one DS, 21 months and I have noooo idea how to entertain him in the afternoons. Books / drawing etc only take up 5 minutes as he doesn't really wanna sit still. Plus I'm bored of his books

    I take him out every morning (mothers group, playgroup, meet with friends etc) and he's in daycare 2 days per week, but what can I do with him today?

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    Does he have a bike or trike? Usually in the afternoon I'll go outside and watch DS ride around the yard /play chasings /trampoline or he plays in the sand pit or water table , he is nearly 2-1/2 and will now happily play in the play room with his cars /toys by himself for about an hour

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    Painting or Playdough initially might only play with them for 5 mins but it gets longer as they get older!

    A paddling pool or a bucket of water with lots of containers to pour water about the place!

    Helping in the garden or cooking something in the kitchen.

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    We r in a unit on a fairly busy road so it's hard to get out unless I head to the playground I will try the bike thing though, maybe at the back of the block. I've done the paddle pool a few times (yesterday actually)

    I'm so scared he's going to make a huge mess so I avoid paints, crayons, play dough etc

    Horrible mother!! Haha

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    Subscribing because I'm stuck for ideas as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAgirl View Post
    We r in a unit on a fairly busy road so it's hard to get out unless I head to the playground I will try the bike thing though, maybe at the back of the block. I've done the paddle pool a few times (yesterday actually)

    I'm so scared he's going to make a huge mess so I avoid paints, crayons, play dough etc

    Horrible mother!! Haha
    You can buy plastic mats that you can pop down on the floor if you're worried about mess.. You can buy them from Big W & art supply stores.

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    Just go to the playground, that's what i do. unless it's too hot in which case I usually resort to bad parenting ie abc4kids and an icey pole

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    I always take my kids out in the afternoon. We go to the park or a playcentre, beach, pools, library or just for a ride on bikes. I find if I take them out and spend a bit of time with them, they are happy to entertain themselves out the back or in their rooms whilst I get dinner ready. If I don't get out, I go crazy.

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    Loads of stuff:

    Make things out of boxes. Yesterday I made DS a "mailbox" and he has been posting letters (and toys) all day
    Gluing things on paper plates, painting and play dough
    Cooking with mummy or cooking in his toy kitchen
    Water play. Let him water the garden with his hose
    Fill a baking tray with rice for his diggers and trucks to dig in
    Sorting buttons by colour into cups
    Blocks and puzzles
    Making a cubby house out of the couch cushions
    Chasing and tickling
    Playing shops or pretending to be firefighters or trucks (eg I am a dump truck and DS is a digger)
    And lots of helping with housework. He has a step he stands on while I do dishes and he "cleans" the bench. He passes me pegs when I hang out the washing etc

    Also we go to the library, park, kindergym etc. Or just for a milkshake or look at the ducks. Not nearly as much since dd came along though as she is a horror out and about.

    Pinterest has lots of ideas for entertaining toddlers.
    Last edited by duckduckgoose; 07-03-2013 at 18:41.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duckduckgoose View Post
    Loads of stuff:

    Make things out of boxes. Yesterday I made DS a "mailbox" and he has been posting letters (and toys) all day
    Gluing things on paper plates, painting and play dough
    Cooking with mummy or cooking in his toy kitchen
    Water play. Let him water the garden with his hose
    Fill a baking tray with rice for his diggers and trucks to dig in
    Sorting buttons by colour into cups
    Blocks and puzzles
    Making a cubby house out of the couch cushions
    Chasing and tickling
    Playing shops or pretending to be firefighters or trucks (eg I am a dump truck and DS is a digger)
    And lots of helping with housework. He has a step he stands on while I do dishes and he "cleans" the bench. He passes me pegs when I hang out the washing etc

    Also we go to the library, park, kindergym etc. Or just for a milkshake or look at the ducks. Not nearly as much since dd came along though as she is a horror out and about.

    Pinterest has lots of ideas for entertaining toddlers.
    Thanks these sound pretty good. How old is your DS?


 

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